Lucie Safarova wins fifth career title in Quebec City


Third seed Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic beat sixth seed Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in the final of the Challenge Bell 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 29 minutes. Four years ago Safarova was the runner-up at the tournament to Melinda Czink.

En route to the finals, the 48th-ranked Safarova defeated Anna Tatishvili in the first round 6-3 6-2, then Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second 7-6(4) 7-6(10), seventh seed Lauren Davis 6-2 6-4 in the quarterfinals, and home favorite, Canadian No.1 Eugenie Bouchard, seeded fifth, 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the semis.

The $235,000 Challenge Bell is the Sarafova’s fifth career title, after Forest Hills in 2008 and 2005, Gold Coast in 2006 and Estoril in 2005. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)


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