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Abanda, Dancevic & Polansky advance to second round at US Open qualifying

Aug 23, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Day 2 of US Open qualifying kicked off from Flushing Meadows on Wednesday. Four Canadian hopefuls began their quest for the main draw, eyeing to join Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.

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Peter Polansky, seeded 20th in the men’s qualifying draw, was first up against Konstantin Kravchuk (RUS). The Canadian made an immediate impact in the opening set and broke Kravchuk in the third game. He would break for a second time to wrap up the first set 6-3 in 29 minutes.

After exchanging breaks early in the second set Polansky would go on to hold and break Kravchuk to lead 4-2. Kravchuk broke Polansky while serving for the match at 5-3 to get back on serve. In the tiebreak, Polansky would grab the first mini break for a 4-3 lead and would go on to hold both of his service points for 6-3. On his third match point, Polansky would serve out the tiebreak 7-6(5).

Polansky will play world no. 249 Blaz Rola in the second round.

Françoise Abanda, the no. 12 seed in women’s qualifying, faced Alexandra Panova (RUS) in her opening match. Abanda’s first main draw appearance at a Major came in 2014 at Flushing Meadows. She is seeking her third consecutive main draw appearance at a Major this year.

After falling behind an early break in the opening set, Abanda recovered to get level at 3-3. It was smooth sailing from there as the Canadian would go on to hold and break for a 5-3 lead. She would serve out the set 6-3 in 32 minutes. Abanda fell behind an early break in the second set as well, though she was not able to recover from the early deficit this time, dropping the set 6-3.

Into the third set, Abanda would break Panova for a 5-3 lead and would serve for the match but the Russian stormed back emphatically to get back on serve. A tiebreak would decide the winner. Abanda surrendered a mini break to go down 0-1 but responded by winning both of Panova’s service points and led 2-1.

Abanda stormed through the tiebreak, earning a double break lead for 6-3, and held three match points. She converted on her second opportunity to win the third set 7-6(4) after two hours, 14 minutes.

Brayden Schnur was eyeing a Grand Slam main draw debut in New York. He played Mitchell Krueger (USA) in the first round. Schnur is coming off of a quarterfinal run at the Odlum Brown VanOpen last week.

After winning the opening set 6-4, Schnur battled hard but eventually fell in three sets to Krueger, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. The Canadian served for the match up 5-3 in the third set.

Frank Dancevic was the last to take to court on Wednesday afternoon. The veteran played Luca Vanni (ITA) in his opening match. After failing to convert on two break chances, Dancevic was broken at 4-5 serving to stay alive in first set.

Servers continued to dominate through the second set. With the pair even at 4-4 once again Dancevic earned a couple of break point opportunities, the first and only of the set, and broke Vanni for the first time for a 5-4 lead. Dancevic would hold to love, 6-4, and even the match at a set all.

Dancevic was making early impressions on Vanni’s serve in the deciding set. Even at 3-3, Dancevic earned his second break opportunity of the set and broke for a 4-3 lead. Having not faced a break point since the opening set, the Canadian appeared on course for the comeback victory. Dancevic needed to hold in a marathon game but served out the third set 6-3. The match ended just shy of two hours.