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Wozniak leads Canada past Peru in Fed Cup opener

Aleksandra Wozniak hits a return at the Australian Open on Jan. 17, 2012.

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Aleksandra Wozniak made sure Canada's Fed Cup campaign got off on the right foot Wednesday.

The Blaineville, Que., native won her singles match before teaming up with Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., in doubles as Canada defeated Peru 2-1.

Wozniak opened the tie with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Patricia Ku to give Canada the early lead.

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In the second match, Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., erased a set and break deficit against Bianca Botto before losing 6-2, 6-7 (1), 7-5 as Peru levelled the tie at 1-1.

But Wozniak and Pelletier won the decisive doubles match 6-1, 6-0 over Ku and Katherine Miranda to give Canada the 2-1 win.

Wozniak's two wins bring her career Fed Cup victory total to 37, further adding to her Canadian record. Pelletier posted her 23rd career Fed Cup win and 15th in doubles.

Canada will face Argentina on Thursday and the Bahamas on Friday in the final two ties of round robin play. Canada holds a record of three wins and three losses against Argentina in the Fed Cup. The last time the two countries played was in 2010 in Montreal with Canada posting a 5-0 sweep to earn a spot in World Group II.

The nine participating nations in this year's Americas Zone Group I event are divided into two groups. The winners of each group will then face off for the chance to take part in a World Group II playoff tie in April while the two lowest ranking teams will be sent to Group II of the Americas Zone in 2013.

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