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Canadians breeze through Wimbledon qualifying

Jun 28, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Wimbledon qualifying matches continued on Wednesday at the All England Club after being washed out on Tuesday.

Françoise Abanda and Bianca Andreescu played their first round matches while Peter Polansky and Steven Diez contested in the second round.

Abanda kicked off action with an emphatic win over Anna Kalinskaya of Russia. Abanda, playing as the 23rd seed, breezed past her opponent 6-2, 6-2 in one hour, 17 minutes. She was 7/8 in net points won and was not broken once, although she did face five break points. Abanda broke Kalinskaya four times to make it into the second round.

Andreescu followed her compatriot in a similar manner. The 17-year-old Canadian defeated 17-year-old Kayla Day from the United States 6-3, 6-3 in only 64 minutes. Day was playing as the 10th seed in the women’s qualifying draw and her season is highlighted with a first Grand Slam appearance at the Australian Open and a win over world no. 32 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in Indian Wells. Andreescu and Day have played once already this year in the Rancho Santa Fe final, which Andreescu won 6-4, 6-1.

The battle of the teenagers favoured Andreescu who played with exceptional serving and receiving stats – winning 68% of her first service points while grabbing 53% of her receiving points. The victory marked Andreescu’s first Grand Slam win in a qualifying draw. She is in pursuit of a first main draw appearance.

In gentlemen’s qualifying action, Polansky was able to recover from an early break and win his second round match 7-5, 6-3 against Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Nedovyeseov in 70 minutes. Polansky did not face another break point after trailing early on. 78% first service points won and winning 44% of his receiving points was enough to put Polansky in the final round of qualifying. He is seeking a second Grand Slam main draw this season.

Diez was the last in action on Wednesday. He played against Pedro Sousa of Portugal and the two split sets before the match got suspended over darkness. The match, which left off 2-1 on serve in the third set, will resume on Thursday.