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Abanda Wins Major U12 Title in Auray
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February 23, 2009

Montreal’s Françoise Abanda captured the girls’ singles Super Open 12 title in Auray, France on Sunday, defeating Russian Anastasia Rychagova 6-3, 7-6 to secure the championship. The esteemed event is one of the stops on the European Junior Tour.

Abanda, who is part of Tennis Canada’s national U12 program, performed incredibly well and did not drop a set all week. She steamrolled through the 22 country competition with a 6-3, 6-1 first round win over Bianka Bekefi, 6-1, 6-0 victory against France’s Océane Mouton, 6-1, 6-0 defeat over Spanish Paula Badosa Gibert, 6-3, 6-1 quarter-final win against France’s Victoria Muntean and a 6-0, 6-3 victory against France’s Vinciane Remy in the semis.

Abanda faced her stiffest competition in the final versus Rychagova, having to overcome deficits in the second set to earn the top prize.

“Françoise played a flawless first set,” said Andre Labelle, Under 12 program leader and national coach. “Even though she was down 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set, she never stopped fighting.”

The impressive list of past champions at this tournament puts Abanda in exceptional company. Previous winners include World No.1 Rafael Nadal, World No.2 Dinara Safina and two-time Auray champions Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray.

Abanda’s win is a significant accomplishment and positive progress. She reached the Round of 16 at the singles event and claimed the doubles title in 2008 alongside Daniella Silva (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
 

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Is it just me... or does she really look like a chibi Venus Williams? ^^
 

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Françoise receive a WC into the main draw of the Junior Canadian Open.
She made it to the third round beating the #15 seed on the way. :worship:

64 W Gabrielle DESIMONE (USA) 6-2 6-1
32 W Eri HOZUMI (JPN) 6-2 6-2
16 L Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) 4-6 1-6
 

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Francoise is the 1st seed in the 29th All Canadian ITF Junior Championships 2011 (G5) this week. Good luck! Francoise is 14 now, so her senior debut should be coming up in seniors soon. She'll probably get a few Canadian ITF wildcards, at least I hope so.
 

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Francoise won the All Canadians, then won a G2 in Morroco. That brought her ranking to 89, and now she should go up to somewhere in the 60's (just lost in the QF of a G1). She's the first 1997 girl in the top 100!

I must say, I was a bit disappointed that she didn't play in an of the Canadian ITF's, though.
 

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Franckie loses in final of the G1 Canadian Open 3-6 6-1 7-5 to Eugenie Bouchard! She also reached the double final losing 3-6 3-6 against Bartyand her partner.

Amazing effort for her this week! She'll be in the USopen juniors next week, her first ever GS. Can't wait to see her new ranking
 

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She'll be 24th or close to that, with almost nothing to defend until july 2012.

The five next best ranked 1997 girls: Ostapenko (139th), Kudermetova (213th), Morderger (253rd), Grende (311th), Komardina (313th).
 

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She's now ranked 25th! :D
 

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Into the second round in the USO with a fairly easy 1st round win.

Tough test vs. Madison Keys next who made it to round 2 in the main draw.
 

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She beat Keys 7-5 6-1 :eek: Great result over someone who almost reached the third round of the women's draw! She's so impressive. Let's see if she can keep it going :)
 
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