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8 Things You Might Not Know About Françoise Abanda

Apr 24, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

1 – Françoise Wants to be Fast

Before switching to tennis, the first sport Françoise took up was speed skating!

2 – Her Story Begins in Cameroon

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.

3 – Tennis Siblings

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.

4 – Friends with Idols

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.

5 – Early Success at Wimbledon

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!

6 – Won’t Back Down

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.

Ready for 2015 / Prête pour 2015!

Posted by Françoise Abanda on Thursday, January 8, 2015

7 – She’s Upsetting

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.

So happy to win MY FIRST Fed Cup match. Thank you for all the support! 🙂

Posted by Françoise Abanda on Saturday, April 18, 2015

8 – She can jump really, really high!

Normally, Françoise’s on-court reactions can be relatively subdued, but when she’s excited, she shows it!

Here’s hoping she has lots more opportunities to show off that high jump!

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