Rogers Cup: Françoise Abanda thrills hometown crowd with upset win

Françoise Abanda wasn’t supposed to receive a wild card into the main draw at the Rogers Cup, but when she was given the opportunity, she made the most of it.

Abanda was the lone Canadian to survive the first round of singles play Tuesday, upsetting Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday night. The win earned her an appearance in IGA Stadium Wednesday afternoon against third-seeded Sloane Stephens of the U.S.

The 21-year-old Abanda, whose ranking slipped to No. 191 after she lost in the first round of qualifying at Wimbledon, was awarded the wild card after Bianca Andreescu withdrew with a back injury.

Abanda had the Banque Nationale grandstand rocking as she took advantage of numerous errors from Flipkens, who is ranked No. 47. Abanda won 85 per cent of the points on her first serve and broke Flipkens’s serve four times.

The win provided Canadian fans something to cheer after…

Original published: 2018-08-08 02:31:44 Read the full Montreal News here

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