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New doubles pair wins first time together.

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Top-seeded King and Zahlavova Strycova took the Bell Challenge in Québec City with a 61 63 defeat of unseeded Sofia Arvidsson and Severine Brémond Beltrame. The only real adversity the American-Czech duo faced was when they lost the first two games of the second set, but they only dropped one more the rest of the way. It was King’s eighth Tour doubles title, including last year’s Bell Challenge with Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Zahlavova Strycova’s fourth.

“It was our first time playing together and we didn’t really know each other at all before this,” King said. “Barbora asked me in New York to play and I think our games complemented each other well.”

“Vania is a great doubles player and I thought we could do well here,” Zahlavova Strycova said. “To come away with the title after playing with someone for the first time is very good. I hope we can team up again in the future. We had a great week.”


Melinda Czink wins Quebec’s Bell Challenge.


In an all-lefty final in Québec it was Melinda Czink who prevailed and finally captured her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title, beating Lucie Safarova at the Bell Challenge on Sunday, 46 63 75.

Playing in her second career final, Czink hung tough with Safarova after the first set, breaking in the fourth game of the second to even it at a set apiece. In the third they traded breaks twice early on but it was Czink who took the decisive one, breaking at 30 at 5-5 before serving it out at love.

“It feels great. I haven’t really processed it yet but I will,” Czink said. “I went match by match this week. This was the toughest match this week. I had to take some risks on her serve today – sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. We really pushed each other, and I’m happy I could come out the winner.”

“We both played a good match. I think it just came down to a few balls and she did it better,” Safarova said. “The whole week I was trying to be very aggressive and move forward, but she did the same today and I had trouble dealing with it. I didn’t feel I did anything wrong today. It could have gone either way.

“I hope to come back next year and do better. Unless you win, you can always do better!”


Wozniack is 0-3 against Czink.

wozniak_aleksandra_260Aleksandra Wozniak is in the semifinals of the Bell Challenge, and she has yet to break a sweat.

A combination of a favourable draw and increasingly confident play that was particularly in evidence in Friday night’s 6-1, 6-1 drubbing of Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, has put the 22-year-old Canadian in the final four.

“I think when you play well, you make it easier on yourself. I’m playing well this week, so that’s why it’s going this quickly,” Wozniak said.

The top Canadian was certain she would face top seed Nadia Petrova in the semis. Instead, she gets Melinda Czink of Hungary, the No. 5 seed, Saturday.

The Russian has been fighting a viral illness for three weeks. She retired after losing the first set to Czink Friday in a tiebreaker.

Wozniak is 1-0 against Petrova; against the lower-ranked Czink, she’s winless at 0-3.

They last met on grass in England this summer, where Czink prevailed 7-5 in the third set.

“She always gives me trouble,” Wozniak said. “She has lots of spin in on the ball, and she’s a lefty.”

The other semifinal, to be played Saturday afternoon, will pit No. 4 seed Lucie Safarova, who took care of Quebecers Stephanie Dubois and Valerie Tetreault in her first two matches, against No. 8 Julie Goerges of Germany.


Home town favourite looking to win Bell Challenge.

wozniak__180061gm-aTop-seeded Nadia Petrova and third-seeded Aleksandra Wozniak each won their respective first-round matches at the $220,000 Bell Challenge.

Petrova, the defending champion of this tournament, was an easy 6-2, 6-0 winner over Carly Gullickson in just 51 minutes. The 12th-ranked Russian was coming off a three-set loss to American Melanie Oudin in the fourth round of the U.S. Open last week.

Wozniak defeated Corinna Dentoni by the same 6-2, 6-0 score to advance to the second round on the indoor hardcourts at PEPS Laval University.

One seeded player fell in the early action, as last year’s runner-up, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, toppled seventh-seeded Varvara Lepchenko, 6-4, 7-5.

In other action involving seeds, No. 4 Czech Lucie Safarova subdued Canadian favorite Stephanie Dubois 6-1, 6-3, and No. 8 German Julia Goerges grounded Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-3, 7-5. Arvidsson was a runner-up here in 2005.

Additional Day-2 wins came for Americans Vania King, Madison Brengle and qualifier Lilia Osterloh, France’s Severine Bremond Beltrame and Russia’s Regina Kulikova.

Second-seeded Sabine Lisicki pulled out of the draw here, citing an ankle injury she suffered the U.S. Open two weeks ago. The big-serving German was replaced in the draw by Russian lucky-loser Olga Puchkova, who was defeated by Amra Sadikovic, 6-4, 6-3.

The 2009 Quebec City titlist will collect $37,000.

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