By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Great Britain will travel to Mexico for the Fed Cup playoffs
  • The World No.257 Marcela Zacarias is the highest-ranked Mexican player
  • Renata Zarazua was once labelled as the new national hope
LONDON, Uk – Great Britain will travel to Mexico for the playoffs. The Brits won the only previous meeting 3-0 in Germany in 1973

 

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Great Britain will travel to Mexico away for the upcoming Fed Cup play-off, taking place 17 and 18 April. The Brits won their only previous meetings 3-0 in 1973 in Germany. The winner will take part in the 2021 Fed Cup qualifiers.

History of Mexico in Fed Cup

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Mexico made his Fed Cup debut in 1964. They remained for eight years in the World Group reaching the last 16 as their best performance, which they achieved on five occasions before the new format was introduced in 1995. Mexico owns a 84-88 win-loss record in the competition.

Jessica Fernandez, the last Mexican female player to be ranked in the world’s top 200 for singles until Marcela Zacarías in 2015, played a record 29 ties in the competition. She made her debut as a 15-year-old in 1995, in one of the longest singles rubber in the Fed Cup’s history.

Karin Palme claimed the first place for most singles wins among Mexican players in the competition. She played every year from 1994 to 1999, during her second season of college tennis at Arizona State University. After graduating, she won a bronze medal in doubles at 2003 Pan American games and came back to represent Mexico in Fed Cup for a couple of ties.

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Zacarias and Zarazua could lead the team in April

Zacarias, the World No.257, is the highest-ranked Mexican player this week. She owns a 9-2 win-loss record in Fed Cup, having made his debut in 2018. In the Group I event, she won all the three singles rubbers she played in Santiago, Chile.

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The World No.267 Renata Zarazua is the only other player of her nation in the Top 300 of the WTA Rankings this week. She represents the latest of three generations of tennis players in her family. Vicente, her grandfather, played 16 Davis Cup ties and won an exhibition tournament at 1968 Olympics partnering Rafael Osuna in the doubles. Her father, José Luis, didn’t reach the same heights and moved the family to Texas. Zarazua began to train at the academy owned by the Chilean brothers Hans and Heinz Gildemeister and was soon labeled as the biggest home for Mexican tennis. She hasn’t yet broken into the Top 150.

Ana Sofía Sánchez Palau, ranked at No.303, won twelve singles and eight at ITF-level. On Tour, she reached the second round in Monterrey in 2018 and a doubles semi-final in 2016 in Florianopolis partnering Montserrat González. Sanchez, who reached her best ranking at No.255 on June 25, 2018, owns a 10-10 record in Fed Cup.

Fernanda Contreras, Zacarias, and Maria Jose Portillo Ramirez went unbeaten in their singles matches during the Group I ties in Chile last week and could face Great Britain as well.

Captain José Antonio Flores Fernández could rely also on the Austrian-born Giuliana Olmos, who always wanted to skydive. A former Orange Bowl semifinalist, she went undefeated during the 2009 World Junior Fed Cup, beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus among others. She majored in International relations at the University of Southern California, Olmos made her Fed Cup debut in 2010 and has won 13 of her 24 rubbers played.

 

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