Françoise Abanda

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Françoise Abanda
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Birthdate February 5, 1997
Birthplace Montréal, Québec, Canada
From Montréal, Québec, Canada
Height 5’10” (1,78m)
Style of play Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro 2015
Best WTA singles ranking No. 111 (October 9, 2017)
Best WTA doubles ranking No. 197 (September 8, 2014)
Profile on CdnTennis.ca

Biography

Françoise Abanda (born February 5, 1997 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is a Canadian professional tennis player. She reached a career-high WTA singles ranking of No. 111 on October 9, 2017 and a career-high WTA doubles ranking of No. 197 on September 8, 2014.

In 2009, Abanda won the Open Super 12 and the under-12 title at the Orange Bowl. In 2010, she won the under-14 title at the Eddie Herr International Championships. She reached the semifinals of the junior Wimbledon in 2012. Also in 2012, she won the G1 tournament in Repentigny, becoming only the second Québécoise (after Eugenie Bouchard in 2011), and fourth Canadian to win the title there. In 2014, Abanda won her first professional singles title with a victory over compatriot Heidi El Tabakh at the ITF 25K in Port St. Lucie. At the 2014 French Open, she advanced to her second junior Grand Slam semifinal. At the 2014 US Open, she qualified for her first Grand Slam after losing only six games in the three rounds. She lost to world No. 27 Sabine Lisicki in the first round. Abanda qualified for the 2017 French Open for the first time in her career and defeated local Tessah Andrianjafitrimo in the opening round. She lost to world No. 12 Caroline Wozniacki in her next match. The next month at Wimbledon, she qualified for her second straight Grand Slam main draw and won her first round match over world No. 94 Kurumi Nara. She was defeated by reigning French Open champion and world No. 13 Jeļena Ostapenko in the second round in three sets. Also in 2017 at the Coupe Banque Nationale, Abanda reached her first WTA quarterfinal defeating Asia Muhammad and world No. 74 Varvara Lepchenko respectively in the first two rounds, before falling to world No. 63 Tímea Babos.

Abanda's parents, Blaise Abanda and Cicle Assono Ahibena, are from Cameroon. Her sister Élisabeth also played tennis professionally and studied at Barry University. Abanda started playing tennis at age 7, after her elder-by-three-years sister Élisabeth started playing two years earlier. She was a member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montréal from 2010 to 2015.

ITF Circuit finals

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runners-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 / ITF $80,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 / ITF $60,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (3–2)
ITF $15,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (1–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2014 Port St. Lucie, United States $25,000 Clay Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 6–3, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Jul 2014 Gatineau, Canada $25,000 Hard Stéphanie Foretz (FRA) 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 2–1 Mar 2016 Irapuato, Mexico $25,000 Hard Lesley Kerkhove (NED) 6–2, 6–4
Win 3–1 Oct 2016 Redding, United States $25,000 Hard Sachia Vickery (USA) 3–6, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 3–2 Jan 2019 Daytona Beach, United States $25,000 Clay Anna Bondár (HUN) 7–6(7–3), 6–7(5–7), 5–7

Doubles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Legend
ITF $100,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $75,000 / ITF $80,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $50,000 / ITF $60,000 tournaments (2–1)
ITF $25,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $15,000 tournaments (0–0)
ITF $10,000 tournaments (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2013 Saguenay, Canada $50,000 Hard (i) Victoria Duval (USA) Marta Domachowska (POL)
Andrea Hlaváčková (CZE)
5–7, 3–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2013 Toronto, Canada $50,000 Hard (i) Victoria Duval (USA) Melanie Oudin (USA)
Jessica Pegula (USA)
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [11–9]
Win 2–1 May 2015 Charlottesville, United States $50,000 Clay Maria Sanchez (USA) Olga Ianchuk (UKR)
Irina Khromacheva (RUS)
6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline

This table is current through the 2021 US Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 A Q2 Q2 A A A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open A A A 2R Q1 A A A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
Wimbledon A A A 2R Q1 A NH A 0 / 1 1–1 50%
US Open 1R A Q3 Q3 Q3 Q1 A A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0 / 3 2–3 40%

Notes

  • NB The French Open was played in September and after the US Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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