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2014 FRENCH OPEN DAY 11: Seventeen-Year-Old Canadian Junior And ITF Circuit Player Francoise Abanda Advances To Girl's Singles Semifinals

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Canadian Francoise Abanda during 2014 French Open Juniors quarterfinal match.

Francoise Abanda (Montreal) has advanced into the semifinals of the Junior French Open, ousting Spaniard Paula Badosa Gibert 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the round of eight in Paris on Thursday.

After dropping the first set, Abanda tightened up her game considerably. While she was broken three times in the opener, the 17-year-old only gave up her serve once in the next two sets and didn't face a single break point in the third set. She clinched her second career junior Slam semifinal berth in just under two hours.

Standing in the No. 10-seed's path to the championship match is top-seeded Ivana Jorovic of Serbia, currently the No. 3-ranked junior girl in the world. Both competitors, who have never played each other before, will be attempting to make their first junior Slam final.

A member of Tennis Canada's National Training Centre in Montreal, Abanda also reached the semifinals of Junior Wimbledon as a 15-year-old in 2012.

Source: Tennis Canada

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