Eight Canadians to compete in Wimbledon

Canada's Frank Dancevic returns a shot against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their Davis Cup world...

Canada's Frank Dancevic returns a shot against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their Davis Cup world group first round tennis match in Tokyo February 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 PM ET

Frank Dancevic turned out to be a lucky loser Friday, and Canada will now have eight players participate in Wimbledon.

Dancevic, who lost his third-round qualifying match Thursday, was added to the main draw after Spain’s Nicolas Almagro withdrew. He joins Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil in the men’s competition.

Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak and Sharon Fichman will compete on the women’s side. Daniel Nestor and Gabriela Dabrowski will compete in men’s and women’s doubles, respectively.

Raonic, the No. 8 seed, will open the tournament against Australia’s Matthew Ebden. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., who is only a few weeks removed from reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open, will attempt to compete beyond the second round at the All England Club for the first time.

Pospisil will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the first round, and Dancevic will face Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic.

Bouchard, who reached the semifinals in both 2014 Grand Slam events so far, will open the tournament against Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova. The No. 13 seed, Bouchard was drawn into a tough group and could face world No. 1 Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Fichman will begin by facing Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky. Wozniak faces an uphill climb right out of the gate as she will take on world No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in the first round.

Pospisil and Wozniak will be in action Monday while Bouchard, Dancevic, Fichman, and Raonic will begin their Wimbledon campaigns Tuesday.


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