Johanna Konta of Great Britain and France’s Vincent Millot were crowned champions of the 20th edition of the Granby National Bank Challenger on Sunday.
Canadian Philip Bester (Vancouver, BC) was trying to compete the men’s title sweep after winning the doubles title with his compatriot Peter Polansky on Saturday, but finished runner up to Millot in singles. The Frenchman, who is married to a Quebecer, was solid from start to finish in the final. He was broken just once en route to a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Despite the loss, Bester enjoyed an excellent week, scoring upset wins over the tournament’s second and fourth seeds to reach the biggest final of his career. Before this week, he was a two-time Granby semifinalist in 2012 and 2013.
In the women’s final, top-seeded Brit Johanna Konta took home the title thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Stephanie Foretz of France who is now a two-time finalist of the Granby National Bank Challenger. Konta enjoyed a strong grass court season, defeating the likes of Ekaterina Makarova and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza in reaching the quarter-finals of the WTA event in Eastbourne. The world no. 126 has now won three career titles on Canadian soil.