The Bell Challenge
is a WTA Tour
Tier III tennis tournament
held in Quebec City
, Quebec, Canada since 1993. The tournament is played on indoor hardcourts
In 1997, Dutchwoman Brenda Schultz-McCarthy
defeated Belgian Dominique Van Roost
6-4, 6-7(4), 7-5, and the following year, American Tara Snyder
won her first WTA Tour title with a hard fought 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over fellow American and former top 10 player Chanda Rubin
. Snyder saved two match points during the match. In 2006, top-seed and 2007 Wimbledon
finalist 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
and 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.
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