To celebrate the #DayoftheGirl, we’re looking back at all the times our favourite Canadian tennis ladies proved their awesomeness in 2017.
Teens Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine captured back-to-back junior Grand Slam doubles titles at the Australian Open and French Open. Last month, they also reached their first WTA doubles final in Quebec City, winning fans over with their dynamic play and personalities.
Gabriela Dabrowski has been a force all year. She became the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam when she captured the mixed doubles crown at Roland-Garros, reached a career-best ranking of no. 25, won a pair of WTA doubles titles, and qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time.
Francoise Abanda also enjoyed the best year of her career in 2017. After earning her first two Grand Slam main draw wins at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, the 20-year-old advanced to her first WTA quarter-final in Quebec City.
Aleksandra Wozniak showed us she’s still got it, winning her first pro singles titles since 2012 in Gatineau and Oklahoma. It’s also the first season since 2006 in which she has won multiple titles.
In one of the best matches of the clay season, Genie Bouchard defeated Maria Sharapova in a tough three setter in Madrid, one of the marquee victories of her career.
Bianca Andreescu was named the WTA’s Breakthrough Player of the Month for August after reaching her first WTA quarter-final in Washington, knocking out Kristina Mladenovic along the way.
Katherine Sebov was a surprise finalist at the Granby National Bank Challenger this summer, adding to her already impressive results in 2017.
I wrote a song about life on tour called "Concrete" 🙂
— carolzhao (@CarolZhao95) March 20, 2017
Did you know that in addition to being a great tennis player, Carol Zhao is also a very talented singer and musician? Case and point.
Our Canadian Fed Cup teams were on fire this year. Andreescu and Abanda led Canada back to World Group II and our junior Fed Cup team finished third for the second time in three years.