Françoise Abanda

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Françoise Abanda
Françoise Abanda at the junior 2012 US Open
Country (sports)  Canada
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Born (1997-02-05) February 5, 1997 (age 19)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro 2015
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $152,167
Career record 100–72
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 175 (October 6, 2014)
Current ranking No. 229 (August 22, 2016)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Q1 (2015)
US Open 1R (2014)
Career record 24–24
Career titles 0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest ranking No. 197 (September 8, 2014)
Current ranking No. 762 (August 22, 2016)
Team competitions
Fed Cup 3–5
Last updated on: August 22, 2016.

Françoise Abanda (born February 5, 1997) is a Canadian professional tennis player. She reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 175 on October 6, 2014. She achieved a career high junior rank of No. 4 on April 29, 2013.

Early life[edit]

Françoise started playing tennis at age 7, after her elder-by-three-years sister Élisabeth started playing two years earlier. She has been a member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montreal since 2009. Her parents, Blaise Abanda and Cicle Assono Ahibena, are from Cameroon. Her sister Élisabeth also played tennis professionally, and is currently a student at Barry University.

Tennis career[edit]


In 2011, Abanda reached the third round of the junior US Open in singles. In May 2012, she was eliminated in the third round of the junior French Open in singles, and in the quarterfinals in doubles. She lost in the semifinals of the junior Wimbledon in June 2012 in both singles and doubles.[1] She played and won her first professional match at the $25,000 ITF in Granby in July, defeating World No. 331 Jennifer Elie in the first round before losing to compatriot Eugenie Bouchard in the second.[2] She also reached the doubles semifinals. In August, she reached last round qualies at the Rogers Cup as a wildcard, with a win over World No. 104 Irina Falconi in the second round.[3]

Abanda then won in September the G1 tournament in Repentigny, becoming only the second Québécoise (after Eugenie Bouchard in 2011), and fourth Canadian to win the title there.[4] She made it to the quarterfinals of the junior US Open in doubles at the beginning of September. Also in 2012, she won the GB1 Pan American Closed ITF Championships, with a win over fellow Canadian Carol Zhao in the final.[5] In October 2012, Abanda reached the doubles semifinals at the $50,000 ITF in Saguenay.[6] She reached a week later her second straight doubles semifinals, this time at the $50,000 ITF Challenger in Toronto.[7]


Abanda made a first return following her shoulder's injury at an ITF in March but lost in the first round. She made a second return in August at the US Open and reached the second round of the junior event. The next week, she was awarded a wildcard (with fellow Canadian Carol Zhao) in the doubles main draw at the Challenge Bell. This was the first WTA main draw of her career, but lost to Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova in the quarterfinals.[8]

During the first two weeks of October, Abanda played two back-to-back ITFs in Mexico. In the first, a $15,000 ITF held in Victoria, Abanda reached the quarterfinals in singles and the semifinals in doubles, with Victoria Rodríguez. The second tournament, a $25,000 ITF held in Tampico, saw Abanda beat Ana Sofía Sánchez in straight sets in the first round but ultimately lost in the second round. In doubles, she reached the quarterfinals partnering with Indy de Vroome.[9][10] As a result, she broke the top 400 in doubles for the first time, at world number 397.

In mid-October, Abanda made it to the quarterfinals in singles at the 25K in Rock Hill.[11] At the end of October, Abanda reached her first professional doubles final at the ITF $50,000 in Saguenay, but was defeated (with partner Victoria Duval) by Marta Domachowska and Andrea Hlaváčková. She also made it to the quarterfinals in singles.[12] A week later at the 50K in Toronto, Abanda (with Duval again) won her first professional title with a win over Melanie Oudin and Jessica Pegula.[13] At the beginning of December and the last tournament of her season, Abanda reached the quarterfinals at the ITF 25K in Mérida.[14]


In mid-January, Abanda won her first professional singles title with a victory over compatriot Heidi El Tabakh at the ITF $25,000 in Port St. Lucie.[15] In February, she qualified for the ITF 100K in Midland, but was defeated by Sofia Arvidsson in the second round.[16] In March, Abanda made it to the last round of qualifying at the WTA Premier Mandatory Sony Open Tennis, where she was awarded a wildcard, before losing in three sets to Kimiko Date-Krumm.[17] She also reached in April the last round of qualifying at the WTA event in Bogotá.[18] In late April, Abanda made it through to the quarterfinals of the ITF 50K in Charlottesville as a qualifier, but was eliminated by Montserrat González in three sets.[19] In May at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, she reached her second WTA quarterfinal in doubles, but was eliminated by third seeds Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan.[20] In the last week of May, Abanda made it to the semifinals of the ITF 25K in Maribor where she was eliminated by Yvonne Neuwirth.[21]

At the beginning of June at the French Open, Abanda reached her second junior Grand Slam semifinal, but was defeated by the number one seed Ivana Jorović.[22] At Wimbledon a month later, she was eliminated by Markéta Vondroušová in the third round.[23] In July at the inaugural ITF 25K in Gatineau, Abanda made it to her second professional singles final where she was eliminated by Stéphanie Foretz in three sets.[24] The next week, she reached the semifinals of the ITF 25K in Granby.[25] At the Citi Open at the end of July, Abanda was awarded a wildcard for the main draw but was defeated by Vania King in the first round.[26] In August, Abanda was awarded a wildcard for the Rogers Cup main draw in her hometown of Montreal but lost in three sets to World No. 12 Dominika Cibulková.[27] At the US Open in late August, she qualified for her first Grand Slam after losing only six games in the three rounds.[28] She lost to World No. 27 Sabine Lisicki in the first round.[29] In September at the Coupe Banque Nationale, she was awarded a wildcard for the main draw where she was defeated by World No. 19 and childhood idol Venus Williams.[30]


In February, Abanda was selected for the first time to represent Canada at the Fed Cup. She lost her two matches of the World Group first round tie against the defending champion the Czech Republic.[31] A week later, she reached the semifinals of the ITF 25K in Surprise.[32] In March, she was awarded a wildcard for the Miami Open main draw, but was defeated by World No. 51 Kaia Kanepi in the opening round.[33] In April at the Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, Abanda scored her first win over a Top 100 player when she upset World No. 33 Irina-Camelia Begu in the first match against Romania.[34] She lost her second match in three sets to World No. 69 Alexandra Dulgheru.[35] In May, she won her second professional doubles title after defeating Olga Ianchuk and Irina Khromacheva with partner Maria Sanchez at the ITF $50,000 in Charlottesville.[36] At the Rogers Cup in August, Abanda was awarded a wildcard for the main draw in singles but lost in the opening round to World No. 16 Andrea Petkovic in three sets. She also advanced to the doubles second round with compatriot Heidi El Tabakh.[37]


In March, Abanda won the second singles title of her career after defeating Lesley Kerkhove in straight sets at the ITF 25K in Irapuato.[38]

WTA Challenger and ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (0–0)
ITF $75,000 (0–0)
ITF $50,000 (0–0)
ITF $25,000 (2–1)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. January 19, 2014 ITF $25,000 Port St. Lucie, United States Clay Canada Heidi El Tabakh 6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 1. July 13, 2014 ITF $25,000 Gatineau, Canada Hard France Stéphanie Foretz 3–6, 6–3, 3–6
Winner 2. March 20, 2016 ITF $25,000 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Netherlands Lesley Kerkhove 6–2, 6–4

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

WTA Challenger 125s (0–0)
ITF $100,000 (0–0)
ITF $75,000 (0–0)
ITF $50,000 (2–1)
ITF $25,000 (0–0)
ITF $15,000 (0–0)
ITF $10,000 (0–0)
Result No. Date Category Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner–up 1. October 26, 2013 ITF $50,000 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) United States Victoria Duval Poland Marta Domachowska
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
5–7, 3–6
Winner 1. November 1, 2013 ITF $50,000 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) United States Victoria Duval United States Melanie Oudin
United States Jessica Pegula
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [11–9]
Winner 2. May 3, 2015 ITF $50,000 Charlottesville, United States Clay United States Maria Sanchez Ukraine Olga Ianchuk
Russia Irina Khromacheva
6–1, 6–3

Singles performance timeline[edit]

This table is current through the 2016 US Open.

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A Q1 A 0 / 0 0–0
French Open Absent 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon Absent 0 / 0 0–0
US Open 1R A Q3 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 / 1 0–1 0%

Record against top 100 players[edit]

Abanda's win-loss record (3–14, 18%) against players who were ranked world no. 100 or higher when played is as follows:[39]
Players who have been ranked World No. 1 are in boldface.

*Statistics as of July 27, 2016


  1. ^ Has a 0–2 overall record vs. Maria


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  14. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Merida". Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Port St. Lucie, FL". Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Drawsheet: $100,000 Midland, MI". Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Maribor". Retrieved May 31, 2014. 
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  26. ^ "Singles main draw" (PDF). Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
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  29. ^ "Completed matches". Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Venus Williams élimine Françoise Abanda". Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Canada to host Romania in World Group Fed Cup playoffs". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Surprise, AZ". Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Omnium de Miami: Françoise Abanda éliminée au premier tour". Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Montreal's Abanda pulls off upset in Fed Cup battle". Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Eugenie Bouchard loses, Canada falls to Romania at Fed Cup". CBC Sports. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Drawsheet: $50,000 Charlottesville, VA". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Draws". Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  38. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000+H Irapuato". Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Results". Retrieved July 16, 2014. 

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