Seventeen-year-old Canadian Abanda qualifies for U.S. Open

Francoise Abanda will compete in her first senior-level Grand Slam event at the U.S. Open next...

Francoise Abanda will compete in her first senior-level Grand Slam event at the U.S. Open next week. (USA Today)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:40 PM ET

Canada's Francoise Abanda qualified for the main draw of the U.S. Open on Friday with a 6-0, 6-2 drubbing of Japan's Misa Eguchi at Flushing Meadows.

Abanda, a 17-year-old from Montreal, will play in her first Grand Slam tournament at the senior level.

She had made appearances earlier this year at the junior versions of the French Open and Wimbledon.

The Canadian power player, ranked 205th in the world, was merciless throughout U.S. Open qualifying, conceding just six games in three matches.

Abanda outpointed Eguchi 58 to 37 on Friday, breaking her opponent in six out of seven service games and committing just two unforced errors.

It wasn't immediately clear who Abanda would face in the opening round.

Fellow Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Aleksandra Wozniak will also be in action next week at Flushing Meadows.

Bouchard, ranked eighth in the world, will open against Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., is the only player on tour to reach all three Grand Slam semifinals this year but she has slumped recently.

She's also nursing a thigh injury.

On the men's side, Thornhill Ont., native Milos Raonic is chasing his first Grand Slam title and will be seeded fifth.

Raonic, a Wimbledon semifinalist this year, has extra motivation to claim the season's final major.

A U.S. Open title would earn Raonic an extra $4 million under a new points system that rewards players who perform well at hard-court events leading up to the U.S. Open.

Raonic, 23, won the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., against fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

He also made the semis in Cincinnati after reaching the quarterfinals at Rogers Cup.

Compatriot Peter Polansky came close to qualifying for the main draw of the U.S. Open on Friday but fell 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to Taro Daniel of Japan.

Polansky is ranked 126th in the world.


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