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Françoise Abanda

Françoise Abanda (born February 5, 1997) is a Canadian professional tennis player. She reached her highest WTA singles ranking of 111 on October 9, 2017 and her highest WTA doubles ranking of 197 on September 8, 2014. She achieved a career high junior rank of No. 4 on April 29, 2013.

Françoise Abanda
Francoise Abanda - 2017 Citi Open - (35494731843) (cropped).jpg
Abanda at the 2017 Citi Open
Country (sports) Canada
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Born (1997-02-05) February 5, 1997 (age 22)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 506,185
Career record133–96 (58.1%)
Career titles0 WTA, 3 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 111 (October 9, 2017)
Current rankingNo. 255 (June 3, 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenQ2 (2017, 2018)
French Open2R (2017)
Wimbledon2R (2017)
US Open1R (2014)
Career record25–28 (47.2%)
Career titles0 WTA, 2 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 197 (September 8, 2014)
Team competitions
Fed Cup5–5
Last updated on: November 20, 2017.

Early lifeEdit

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 studied at Barry University.

Tennis careerEdit


Abanda at the junior 2012 US Open

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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015 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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2016, Abanda won the second singles title of her career after defeating Lesley Kerkhove in straight sets at the ITF 25K in Irapuato.[38] In July 2016, she started working with Canadian tennis coach Alain Humblet and received a wildcard into the Washington Citi Open where she lost to Usue Maitane Arconada in the first round.[39] In August 2016, she advanced to the second round of the WTA Premier 5 Rogers Cup with a win over world No. 66 Zheng Saisai, but was defeated by world No. 20 Elina Svitolina in the next round.[40] In September 2016, she reached the second round of the WTA tournament in Quebec City for the first time.[41] She captured in October 2016 her third singles title with a victory over Sachia Vickery at the Redding ITF 25K.[42]


In April at the Fed Cup World Group II Play-offs against Kazakhstan, Abanda won her two singles matches, respectively over world No. 51 Yaroslava Shvedova and world No. 31 Yulia Putintseva. Canada went on to win the tie 3–2 and secured its place in the World Group II in 2018.[43] In May, Abanda qualified for the 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, without winning a single game.[44] 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.[45] In August at the WTA Premier 5 Western & Southern Open, she qualified for the main draw with wins over world No. 79 Misaki Doi and world No. 60 Natalia Vikhlyantseva respectively. In the first round, she defeated her third straight top 100 player, world No. 84 Magda Linette, but was defeated by world No. 37 Julia Görges in her next match. In September 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.[46]

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 5 (3 titles, 2 runner–ups)Edit

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

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

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

Singles performance timelineEdit

This table is current through the 2019 US Open.

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

Record against top-100 playersEdit

Abanda's win-loss record (12–22, 35%) against players who were ranked world No. 100 or higher when played is as follows:[47]
Players who have been ranked world No. 1 are in boldface.

*Statistics as of May 16, 2018


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


  1. ^ "Three Canucks in Wimbledon junior semis". The Gazette. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  2. ^ "Une Francoise Abanda sans complexes bat Jennifer Elie à Granby". WTA Québec. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  3. ^ "Abanda falls in final round of RCup qualies". The Gazette. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  4. ^ "Abanda triomphe chez les filles – L'Australien Nick Kyrgios s'impose chez les garçons". Internationaux de tennis junior de Repentigny. Archived from the original on 2015-02-07. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Canadian juniors win titles in Tulsa". Tennis Canada. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "Drawsheet: $50,000 Saguenay". Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Drawsheet: $50,000 Toronto". Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  8. ^ "Doubles main draw" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 5, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Drawsheet: $15,000 Victoria". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Tampico". Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Rock Hill, SC". Retrieved October 22, 2013.
  12. ^ "Drawsheet: $50,000 Saguenay". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  13. ^ "Canada's Abanda wins first pro title, taking doubles crown at Tevlin Challenger". Times Colonist. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
  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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  18. ^ "Françoise Abanda s'incline à Bogota". La Presse. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  19. ^ "Drawsheet: $50,000 Charlottesville, VA". Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  20. ^ "Internationaux de Strasbourg Results". Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  21. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Maribor". Retrieved May 31, 2014.
  22. ^ "Girls' singles draw". Retrieved June 6, 2014.
  23. ^ "Girls' singles draw". Retrieved July 3, 2014.
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  27. ^ "Singles draw". Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
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  29. ^ "Completed matches". Retrieved August 25, 2014.
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  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.
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  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. ^ "WTA Washington 2016 Draw". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  40. ^ "Rogers Cup: Eugenie Bouchard reaches 3rd round for first time". CBC Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  41. ^ "Eugenie Bouchard ousted from Coupe Banque Nationale". The Gazette. Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  42. ^ "Drawsheet: $25,000 Redding, CA". Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  43. ^ "Fed Cup: Andreescu wraps up the tie for Canada". Tennis Canada. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  44. ^ "Raonic through to third round at French Open, Abanda defeated by Wozniacki". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  45. ^ "Montreal's Abanda out at Wimbledon; Pospisil, Nestor advance in doubles". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  46. ^ "It's down to four in Quebec City". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  47. ^ "Results". Retrieved July 16, 2014.

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