Francoise Abanda vs. Sofia Kenin
|Date & Time||Thursday September 13, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Sofia Kenin and Francoise Abanda meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis Coupe Banque Nationale.
Sofia Kenin is coming off a straight sets win over Mona Barthel that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kenin won 71 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kenin won 62 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her seven break points. Kenin won a rather easy match despite six double faults and getting very little on her second serve. While not playing her best and entering this tournament splitting her last 10 matches, a victory for Kenin has to feel good however she can get it. Obviously, Kenin has to do a better job of getting her first serve in play if she’s going to make a run at reaching her first WTA final appearance. Either way, Kenin has won three of her last four matches, which includes making the third round of the US Open. Kenin has split her last six matches on indoor hard court.
Francoise Abanda is coming off a three sets win over Tereza Martincova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Abanda won 64 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Abanda won 60 percent of her total service points and produced seven breaks on 13 break points. Abanda entered this tournament losing 10 of her last 17 matches, so the victory was a much needed confidence boost. However, regardless of how good her return has been, Abanda can’t give her opponent four breaks. Abanda has to be cleaner with her serve if this tournament is going to be a success. The good news is that the 21-year-old Abanda has the home crowd behind her given that she’s from Montreal. Abanda has split her last six matches on indoor hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Amanda has a chance her given the crowd being on her side and with her return against a subpar server in Kenin. There’s going to be a lot of break points and swings in this match. However, in terms of picking a winner, you have to side with Kenin. She grew up big time by winning a couple of US Open matches at 19 years old and should be able to carry that over in a watered down smaller tournament here.
I like Kenin to stay hot.