Before switching to tennis, the first sport Françoise took up was speed skating!
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) January 30, 2015
The Abanda family immigrated to Canada from Cameroon. Françoise has relatives that live there and she visited them a few years ago. Françoise considers Les Lions Indomptables (Cameroon national soccer team) her favourite sports team.
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) December 25, 2013
Her older sister Élisabeth also plays tennis and was also a member Tennis Canada’s National Training Centre. She plays NCAA tennis at Barry University.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) April 10, 2015
Françoise Abanda’s childhood idols are Venus and Serena Williams. Her game style and on-court demeanour are often compared to Venus. She has since developed a relationship with the famous tennis sisters. Françoise’s record versus her idols: 0–1 (Venus Williams) … for now.
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) August 25, 2014
Françoise made the junior Wimbledon semifinals in 2012 at 15 years of age and came within one set of making it an all-Canadian final against Genie Bouchard. Wouldn’t that have been something!
Repentigny 2012 pic.twitter.com/eY3jQN0h
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) September 29, 2012
Françoise Abanda’s early progress is especially remarkable considering a nasty shoulder injury in 2013 at the age of 16, which kept her out of action for most of that year.
Just last weekend at the Fed Cup World Group Play-offs, Françoise scored her first win over a Top 50 player when she upset World No. 33 Irina-Camelia Begu in the first match against Romania.
Normally, Françoise’s on-court reactions can be relatively subdued, but when she’s excited, she shows it!
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) April 20, 2015
Here’s hoping she has lots more opportunities to show off that high jump!