Billie Jean King Cup 2021: Team Mexico profile

15/04/2021

| Federation Cup

Ahead of Great Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup clash this week, we take a deeper look at opponents Mexico and their squad for the upcoming tie.

What’s Mexico’s record in the Billie Jean King Cup?

Mexicofirst appearance in the women’s team event came in 1964 during the second edition of the competition. They lost a first round clash with Czechoslovakia, but it was a significant milestone for women’s tennis in Mexico.

Their best tournament performances have seen them reach the second round of the World Group on five separate occasions – the latest coming in 1985.

Great Britain and Mexico have faced each other in the Billie Jean King Cup on only one other occasion back in 1973. The teams competed in the World Group second round, which took place on the clay courts at Bad Homburg Tennis Club in West Germany.

The Brits ran out 3-0 victors, with Virginia Wade and Joyce Williams completing a convincing win.

Captain: Agustin Moreno

The Mexican Billie Jean King Cup team will be led by former professional player and World No. 120, Moreno. Having won the junior boys doubles title at Wimbledon, Moreno represented his country at the 1988 Summer Olympics.

The 54-year-old was also a regular in the Davis Cup, so is well versed in what it takes to win on the international stage.

Currently the Head Women's coach of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Moreno was named the Mexican Billie Jean King Cup captain back in 2016. Under his guidance, Mexico have won nine out of their last 16 ties.

Marcela Zacarias (Singles WR: 285; Doubles WR: 206)

Zacaria is Mexico’s top-ranked player coming into their match against the Brits.

The 27-year-old made her debut back in 2012 and has played in 19 ties for her home nation, boasting an impressive singles record with 14 wins from the 16 matches she’s played.

Her last outing for Mexico came in 2018 in the Group II play-offs, where she picked up three straight sets victories in as many days in ties against the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Peru.

With a career-high ranking of 181 back in 2015 and 16 ITF titles to her name, Zacarias promises to be a formidable challenge for the Brits this week.

Giuliana Olmos (Singles WR: 434; Doubles WR: 49)

Doubles specialist Olmos comes into the tie in fine form, having reached the semi-finals at the Miami Open alongside Gabriela Dabrowski only a couple of weeks ago. A previous champion at Nottingham as well, back in 2019, Olmos is no stranger to victory on British soil.

Olmos has represented her country in both singles and doubles across 16 ties since her debut in 2010 and has a 54% win record.

While deadly on the doubles court, Olmos has only played a handful of singles matches since 2019, with both her last outings in the Billie Jean King Cup ending in defeat.

Fernanda Contreras Gomez (Singles WR: 471; Doubles WR: 465)

Having won all but one of her six rubbers in her second Billie Jean King Cup outing in last year’s Group I play-offs, Contreras Gomez is certainly one to watch for the Brits.

The Mexican has five ITF titles to her name, all of which she won back in 2019. With four of those titles coming on hard courts, it suggests she will be well suited to the playing surface at the National Tennis Centre.

Contreras Gomez and Olmos have a strong history together as a doubles pair – back in 2018 they won the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean games.

Julia Garcia (ITF Junior WR: 21)

At the age of 17, Garcia is the youngest player involved in the tie from either side. She joins up with the Mexico team for the very first time this week having got several matches under her belt at the ITF junior level in 2021.

A singles final run in Columbia and a doubles semi-final on the junior tour in March has helped bag Garcia a seat on the plane to London.

 

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