The final round of Wimbledon qualifying was completed on Friday at the All England Club. Françoise Abanda and Bianca Andreescu were the lone Canadians left in the draw, both eyeing a maiden Wimbledon main draw appearance.
Bianca Andreescu in action today in 2nd round WImbledon qualies. She and Abanda started same time, finished same time – within a minute. pic.twitter.com/JJBOtq4Y05
— Stephanie Myles (@OpenCourt) June 29, 2017
Abanda was first up and started the day with a bang. The 20-year-old from Montreal, who just appeared in the Roland Garros main draw a few weeks ago, qualified for her first Wimbledon main draw. It will be her third career main draw appearance in a Grand Slam.
Abanda defeated 4th seed Lin Zhu 6-4, 6-3 in one hour, 21 minutes. Abanda was consistent and dominant on serve throughout the match, serving over 70% and winning nearly 80% of her first service points, including four aces. She was 10/19 on her second serve, 6/8 at the net and ran away with 43% of her receiving points. She broke Zhu three times en route to the victory.
Zhu was unable to blast an ace by the Canadian and finished the match with four double faults. She was 0/4 on break point opportunities.
Abanda will play Kurumi Nara in the first round.
— Françoise Abanda (@franckie12345) June 29, 2017
Andreescu engaged in another battle of the teenagers against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. Andreescu, one of the youngest in the ladies’ qualifying draw, advanced to her first Grand Slam main draw with yet another straight sets win, 6-4, 6-3 in one hour, 13 minutes.
Despite a 59% first serve percentage, Andreescu was able to win 25/35 of her first service points and 14/24 on her second serve. She worked up 14 break point opportunities in the match and capitalized on three of her chances. She finished the match with a 69 to 55 point differential.
The 17-year-old from Mississauga did not drop a set en route to the Wimbledon main draw.
Andreescu will play Kristina Kucova in the first round.
Action from Wimbledon begins on Monday, July 3.
Photo credit: Stefano Berlincioni