Challenge Bell

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Challenge Bell
Challenge Bell logo.svg
2013 Challenge Bell
WTA Tour
Location Quebec City, Quebec
 Canada
Venue PEPS de l'Université Laval
Category WTA Tier III
1993–2008
WTA International
2009–current
Surface Carpet / Indoor
Draw 32M/32Q/16D
Prize Money $235,000
Website challengebell.com

The Challenge Bell (also known as Bell Challenge in English-language media) is a WTA Tour International tennis tournament held in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada since 1993. The tournament is the last professional tennis tournament still played on indoor carpet courts.[1] It is held at the PEPS stadium.

In 1997, Dutchwoman Brenda Schultz-McCarthy defeated Belgian Dominique Van Roost 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–5 to win her second Challenge Bell title (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 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6) 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 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli of France defeated Russian Olga Poutchkova 6–0, 6–0, the first double bagel in a WTA Tour final for 13 years.

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, and 2006 champion Bartoli. 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.

Past finals[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Champion Runner-up Score
1993 France Nathalie Tauziat Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva 6–4, 6–1
1994 Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy 6–3, 6–3
1995 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Belgium Dominique Van Roost 7–6, 6–2
1996 United States Lisa Raymond Belgium Els Callens 6–4, 6–4
1997 Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy Belgium Dominique Van Roost 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 7–5
1998 United States Tara Snyder United States Chanda Rubin 4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)
1999 United States Jennifer Capriati United States Chanda Rubin 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
2000 United States Chanda Rubin United States Jennifer Capriati 6–4, 6–2
2001 United States Meghann Shaughnessy Croatia Iva Majoli 6–1, 6–3
2002 Russia Elena Bovina Switzerland Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian 6–3, 6–4
2003 Russia Maria Sharapova Venezuela Milagros Sequera 6–2, retired
2004 Slovakia Martina Suchá United States Abigail Spears 7–5, 3–6, 6–2
2005 United States Amy Frazier Sweden Sofia Arvidsson 6–1, 7–5
2006 France Marion Bartoli Russia Olga Poutchkova 6–0, 6–0
2007 United States Lindsay Davenport Ukraine Julia Vakulenko 6–4, 6–1
2008 Russia Nadia Petrova United States Bethanie Mattek 4–6, 6–4, 6–1
2009 Hungary Melinda Czink Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová 4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2010 Austria Tamira Paszek United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7–6(8–6), 2–6, 7–5
2011 Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová New Zealand Marina Erakovic 4–6, 6–1, 6–0
2012 Belgium Kirsten Flipkens Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká 6–1, 7–5
2013 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová New Zealand Marina Erakovic 6–4, 6–3

Doubles[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Score
1993 United States Katrina Adams
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
Bulgaria Katerina Maleeva
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 6–4
1994 South Africa Elna Reinach
France Nathalie Tauziat
United States Chanda Rubin
United States Linda Wild
6–4, 6–3
1995 United States Nicole Arendt
Netherlands Manon Bollegraf
United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
7–6, 4–6, 6–2
1996 United States Debbie Graham
Netherlands Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
United States Amy Frazier
United States Kimberly Po
6–1, 6–4
1997 United States Lisa Raymond
Australia Rennae Stubbs
France Alexandra Fusai
France Nathalie Tauziat
6–4, 5–7, 7–5
1998 United States Lori McNeil
United States Kimberly Po
United States Chanda Rubin
France Sandrine Testud
6–7, 7–5, 6–4
1999 United States Amy Frazier
United States Katie Schlukebir
Zimbabwe Cara Black
United States Debbie Graham
6–2, 6–3
2000 Australia Nicole Pratt
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
Belgium Els Callens
United States Kimberly Po
6–3, 6–4
2001 United States Samantha Reeves
Italy Adriana Serra Zanetti
Czech Republic Klára Zakopalová
Czech Republic Alena Vašková
7–5, 4–6, 6–3
2002 United States Samantha Reeves
South Africa Jessica Steck
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Colombia Fabiola Zuluaga
4–6, 6–3, 7–5
2003 China Li Ting
China Sun Tiantian
Belgium Els Callens
United States Meilen Tu
6–3, 6–3
2004 United States Carly Gullickson
Argentina María Emilia Salerni
Belgium Els Callens
Australia Samantha Stosur
7–5, 7–5
2005 Russia Anastasia Rodionova
Russia Elena Vesnina
Latvia Liga Dekmeijere
United States Ashley Harkleroad
6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2
2006 United States Carly Gullickson
United States Laura Granville
United States Jill Craybas
Russia Alina Jidkova
6–3, 6–4
2007 United States Christina Fusano
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
Canada Stéphanie Dubois
Czech Republic Renata Voráčová
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
2008 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
United States Jill Craybas
Thailand Tamarine Tanasugarn
7–6(7–3), 6–4
2009 United States Vania King
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
France Séverine Brémond Beltrame
6–1, 6–3
2010 Sweden Sofia Arvidsson
Sweden Johanna Larsson
United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Czech Republic Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
6–1, 2–6, [10–6]
2011 United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
United States Jamie Hampton
Georgia (country) Anna Tatishvili
6–1, 3–6, [10–6]
2012 Germany Tatjana Malek
France Kristina Mladenovic
Poland Alicja Rosolska
United Kingdom Heather Watson
7–6(7–5), 6–7(6–8), [10–7]
2013 Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
6–4, 6–3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennis Canada preview: Bell Challenge - Quebec City". TennisCanada.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 

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