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Bell Challenge
Tournoi de Québec
Defunct tennis tournament
Founded1993
Abolished2018
Editions26
LocationQuebec City, Quebec
Canada
VenuePEPS de l'Université Laval
CategoryWTA Tier III
1993-2008
WTA International
2009-2018
SurfaceCarpet - indoors

The Tournoi de Québec (sponsored as Coupe Banque Nationale or known as National Bank Cup in English-language media), was a WTA Tour International level tennis tournament held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Held from 1993 to 2018,[1] the tournament was the last women's professional tennis tournament still played on indoor carpet courts.[2] It was held at the PEPS stadium. The tournament was known as Challenge Bell from the first edition to 2013.[3]

In 1997, Dutchwoman Brenda Schultz-McCarthy defeated Belgian Dominique Van Roost to win her second title in Quebec City (also won in 1995 and finalist in 1994), the only woman in the history of the tournament to do so. The following year, American Tara Snyder won her first WTA Tour title with a hard fought victory over fellow American and former top 10 player Chanda Rubin (Rubin was also runner-up in 1999 and won the tournament in 2000), as she saved two match points during the match. In 2006, top-seed and future Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli of France defeated Russian Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0, the first double bagel in a WTA Tour final for 13 years.

Other players who have won the event and gone on to win Grand Slam titles include 1999 champion Jennifer Capriati, 2003 champion Maria Sharapova, who both went on to become World No. 1. American Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion, won the event in 2007, in only her third event after returning to the tour after giving birth to her son. The last edition of the tournament was held in 2018.

Past finals

Singles

Doubles

Year Champions Runners-up Score
2018 United States Asia Muhammad
United States Maria Sanchez
Croatia Darija Jurak
Switzerland Xenia Knoll
6-4, 6-3
2017 Hungary Tímea Babos
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková (2)
Canada Bianca Andreescu
Canada Carson Branstine
6-3, 6-1
2016 Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká (2)
Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Russia Alexandra Panova
7-6(7-2), 7-6(7-2)
2015 Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková
Belgium An-Sophie Mestach
Argentina María Irigoyen
Poland Paula Kania
4-6, 6-3, [12-10]
2014 Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Croatia Mirjana Lu?i?-Baroni
Germany Julia Görges
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
6-3, 7-6(10-8)
2013 Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Czech Republic Andrea Hlavá?ková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6-4, 6-3
2012 Germany Tatjana Malek
France Kristina Mladenovic
Poland Alicja Rosolska
United Kingdom Heather Watson
7-6(7-5), 6-7(6-8), [10-7]
2011 United States Raquel Kops-Jones (2)
United States Abigail Spears
United States Jamie Hampton
Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
6-1, 3-6, [10-6]
2010 Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Johanna Larsson
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6-1, 2-6, [10-6]
2009 United States Vania King (2)
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Brémond Beltrame
6-1, 6-3
2008 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7-6(7-3), 6-4
2007 United States Christina Fusano
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
Canada Stéphanie Dubois
Czech Republic Renata Vorá?ová
6-2, 7-6(8-6)
2006 United States Carly Gullickson
United States Laura Granville
United States Jill Craybas
Russia Alina Jidkova
6-3, 6-4
2005 Russia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
Latvia L?ga Dekmeijere
United States Ashley Harkleroad
6-7(4-7), 6-4, 6-2
2004 United States Carly Gullickson
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Belgium Els Callens
Australia Samantha Stosur
7-5, 7-5
2003 China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
Belgium Els Callens
United States Meilen Tu
6-3, 6-3
2002 United States Samantha Reeves (2)
South Africa Jessica Steck
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Colombia Fabiola Zuluaga
4-6, 6-3, 7-5
2001 United States Samantha Reeves
Italy Adriana Serra Zanetti
Czech Republic Klára Koukalová
Czech Republic Alena Va?ková
7-5, 4-6, 6-3
2000 Australia Nicole Pratt
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
Belgium Els Callens
United States Kimberly Po
6-3, 6-4
1999 United States Amy Frazier
United States Katie Schlukebir
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Debbie Graham
6-2, 6-3
1998 United States Lori McNeil
United States Kimberly Po
United States Chanda Rubin
France Sandrine Testud
6-7(3-7), 7-5, 6-4
1997 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6-4, 5-7, 7-5
1996 United States Debbie Graham
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
6-1, 6-4
1995 United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf (2)
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7-6(8-6), 4-6, 6-2
1994 South Africa Elna Reinach
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Linda Harvey-Wild
United States Chanda Rubin
6-4, 6-3
1993 United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
France Nathalie Tauziat
6-4, 6-4

References

  1. ^ "Fin de la Coupe Banque Nationale: une bonne nouvelle" (in French). tvsports.ca. May 28, 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Tennis Canada preview: Bell Challenge - Quebec City". TennisCanada.com. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "La Coupe Banque Nationale se substitue au Challenge Bell". La Presse. Retrieved 2014.

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