IMANISHI AND MORIYA CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF THE GRANBY NATIONAL BANK CHALLENGER
Montreal, July 20, 2014 – It was a Japanese title sweep on singles championship Sunday at the Granby National Bank Challenger.
For a second consecutive year, a Japanese woman was crowned champion in Granby after Miharu Imanishi snapped Stephanie Foretz’s nine match win streak, defeating the Frenchwoman 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the $25,000 ITF event. The win is Imanishi’s third career Challenger title and first of 2014. The 22-year-old, ranked no. 235 in the world, ousted Montreal’s Françoise Abanda in Saturday’s semifinals. For her part, Foretz enjoyed a successful two weeks in Quebec, raising the trophy at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger last week and reaching the final in Granby this week.
Meanwhile, the $50,000 ATP Challenger title was captured by Imanishi’s compatriot Hiroki Moriya. The tournament’s third seed and world no. 164 defeated Fabrice Martin of France 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-3 in the final to win his first Challenger title of the season. Moriya was a semifinalist in Granby last year.
The next National Bank Challenger will be a $50,000 women’s event in Saguenay from October 18-26, 2014. For more information, visit www.challengerbanquenationale.