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Abanda, Marino and Fernandez in main draw at National Bank Cup presented by IGA

Sep 08, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

The official draw took place on Friday for the 26th edition of the National Bank Cup presented by IGA. There are three Canadians in the main draw, as Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC) and Leylah Annie Fernandez (Laval, QC) have received wild cards.

Returning to Quebec City for a seventh time is Abanda, after having reached the quarter-finals last year. The Montreal native recently made a deep run at a Challenger tournament in Chicago, falling to Tatjana Maria in the quarter-finals. She will be looking to continue on her hot streak, which also saw her win her first match at the Rogers Cup. Abanda will be taking on a qualifier in her opening round match and could face the tournament’s fifth seed American Sofia Kenin in the second round.

Marino is making a return to the National Bank Cup for the first time since 2011, where she got her best result at the tournament, reaching the quarter-finals. This will be her fifth time playing the tournament in Quebec City, her first appearance dating back to 2008. Marino is currently in the midst of a successful comeback to the sport, having been crowned champion at four tournaments so far this year as well as reaching the final round of qualifications at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. She will have a tough first round match at the National Bank Cup as she takes on the seventh seed Tatjana Maria of Germany.

The final main draw wild card was awarded to 15-year-old Leylah Annie Fernandez. Despite her age, the young Canadian is already getting impressive results on the professional tour, having reached the quarter-finals at the Saguenay Challenger last fall as well as reaching the final round of qualifications at the Rogers Cup this summer. Her opponent will be a qualifier. In the second round she could potentially face the fourth seed Monica Niculescu and compatriot Marino the following round.

Five Canadian players will be competing for a spot in the main draw, four of which received wild cards for the qualifying tournament. Katherine Sebov (Toronto, ON) entered qualifications thanks to her ranking of world no. 291, while her compatriots Carson Branstine (Orange, CA), Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Jada Bui (ON) and Alexandra Vagramov (Port Moody, BC) received wild cards. Action kicks off tomorrow at 10 a.m.