Montreal native Françoise Abanda played a key role in Canada’s upset victory over Kazakhstan at the Fed Cup World Group II play-off in April. Her impressive performance has now earned her a nomination for the Fed Cup Heart Award.
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The Canadian faces tough opposition for this prestigious award, competing against the likes of Julia Goerges (Germany), Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Pauline Parmentier (France).
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Abanda, however, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles in her career. Since making her Fed Cup debut for Canada in February of 2015, she has posted numerous victories over higher ranked opponents, most notably Yulia Putintseva (world no. 31), Irina-Camelia Begu (world no. 33), Yaroslava Shvedova (world no. 51), and Olga Govortsova (world no. 74).
In April 2016, the Montrealer even pushed former world no. 4 Dominika Cibulkova to three sets in a tie against Slovakia.
The Fed Cup Heart Award recognizes players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court, and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team.
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) April 23, 2017
Abanda was a perfect 2-0 against Kazakhstan this past April, posting dominant victories over Top 50 players. Her inspired performance helped Canada land a spot in World Group II for 2018.
Fellow Canadian Fed Cup member Bianca Andreescu won the same award earlier in the year after going 6-0 in the Americas Zone Group I event back in February.
In order for Abanda to win this prestigious award, she needs your help! The winners are determined by public vote. Voting begins Friday, May 26 and runs until Friday, June 2.
You can cast your vote here: Fed Cup Heart Award
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Feature photo: Arturo Velazquez