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Wimbledon main draw in sight for Canadian qualifiers

Jun 29, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Four Canadians continued their quest for a place in the Wimbledon main draw on Thursday.

20-year-old Françoise Abanda battled out of a tricky match against Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour, 28 minutes.

The 23rd seeded Canadian was up a set and a break before the Russian came racing back to force a third set. In the deciding set, Abanda dominated on all sides to secure the victory. She maintained a 77% first serve percentage, winning 75% of first service points and 50% on the second serve. She was a perfect 2/2 at the net and won 12/23 receiving points. Up 5-2, Abanda blasted a service winner to close out the match.

Abanda will face no. 4 seed Lin Zhu of China next.

17-year-old Bianca Andreescu continued her pursuit for a maiden Grand Slam main draw appearance.

After upsetting 10th seed Kayla Day on Wednesday, Andreescu posted another straight sets win over Akiko Omae 6-3, 7-5 after one hour, 28 minutes of play, just like her compatriot. The teenage rising star was an impressive 14/20 up at the net and was winning 73% of points behind her first serve. She won exactly half of her receiving points, going 31/62 for the match, and finished the match with an 18 point difference: 73 to 55.

Andreescu will play 19-year-old Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia in the final round.

Both Abanda and Andreescu are one win away from a first Wimbledon main draw.

Steven Diez continued his second round match against Pedro Sousa on Thursday. Unfortunately for Diez, the momentum he gained in the second set went away once their match was suspended due to darkness on Wednesday. Diez dropped the match 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.

Peter Polansky’s qualifying run ended in the final round with a grueling 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Italy’s Stefano Travaglia. The best of five match, which only begins in the final round of qualifying, went over three hours. It took Travaglia nine tries to break Polansky in the tenth game of the fifth set.


Photo credits: Stefano Berlincioni