Montreal's Francoise Abanda earns spot at U.S. Open
Francoise Abanda from Canada returns the ball to Dominika Cibukova from Slovakia during their opening round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Monday, August 4, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Graham Hughes)
Published Friday, August 22, 2014 8:24PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:10AM EDT
Montreal’s Francoise Abanda earned a spot in the main draw of the U.S. Open Friday with a 6-0 6-2 win over Misa Eguchi Friday.
The victory, her third straight qualifier triumph, opened the door for the 17-year-old's first Grand Slam play.
Abanda, ranked 205th in the world, needed to sit through a lengthy rain delay in the victory.
Abanda was impressive in her qualifiers, losing only six games in the course of the three matches.
Abanda beat Romanian Andreaa Mitu 6-1, 6-1, Wednesday and Nao Hibino of Japan 6-1, 6-1, Thursday.
I remember exactly a year ago coming out of injury with no WTA ranking. Today I'm proud to be MAIN DRAW at Us Open! #hardworkpaysoff— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) August 23, 2014
Us Open ready ✌️ pic.twitter.com/7g2lAU0p3J— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) August 18, 2014