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GABRIELA DABROWSKI MAKES HISTORY BY PAM OLLEY FEATURE 18 SUMMER 2017 | TENNISONTARIO.com G aby Dabrowski became the fi rst Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title when she and partner Rohan Bopanna won the mixed doubles at Roland Garros beating Anna- Lena Gronefeld and Robert Farah in the fi nal 2-6, 6-2, 12-10. Dabrowski and Bopanna had sensed their partnership could be successful when they played in the US Open together in 2016. There they reached the quarter-fi nal losing an equally close match to Gronefeld and Farah 10-8 in the super tie-breaker. Gaby and Rohan also reached the quarters in the Australian Open, losing to Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza. In Paris, Dabrowski and Bopanna, were seeded seventh in the tournament, and they advanced to the fi nal without dropping a set. In the fi nal, they managed to save two match points before closing out the championship. Dabrowski had also reached the third round of women's doubles with partner Xu Yifan. Dabrowski and Xu had won the Miami Open earlier in the year, Dabrowski's biggest doubles win of her career. After her historic win Gaby said, "I played very well all week in all of our matches. Today, I started a little bit slow, but I gave it all I had until the end and felt better as the match went on." "It means a lot to me. I have made a lot of sacrifi ces this year. I think it shows that if you work hard over the course of a few years, you can achieve your goals. It's very, very special," Dabrowski added. We are thrilled that Gaby, from Ottawa is having such a stellar career year and we'll be rooting for her continued success. ONTENNIS spoke with Gaby in December of 2016 when she was training at Ontario Racquet Club in Mississauga. You can check out the interview and see a short video of Gaby by clicking on the link below. Visit ONTENNIS.ca for the Gabriela Q & A Interview JAG PHOTO BY JAG AT THE FRENCH OPEN

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