Katherine Sebov playing tennis

Photo: Valérie Simard

After a tough quarter-finals in the Saguenay National Bank Challenger that saw a couple of promising Canadians make their way to the semifinals, only one could end up in the finals.  

First seed Katherine Sebov emerged victorious against 23-year-old Isabelle Boulais in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. After winning their respective service games in the first set, Sebov went on to win the remaining four, leaving Boulais with a major hole out from which to climb. 

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The second set didn’t go much better for Boulais, who struggled throughout and failed to win a game. Sebov was especially dominant and didn’t allow Boulais to win a single one of her service games. The match lasted just under an hour.

The other singles match of the day saw Fanni Stollar of Hungary face off against Australian Arina Rodionova. The former wound up winning the match in three sets 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. While the first two sets were lopsided, the third was slightly more challenging, if only for the fact that Rodionova lost her serve in three times including in her last service game. 

Rodionova was dominant in her service games in the first set, winning each one of them, but she lost steam fast in the second set, dropping two of her three service games. Stollar bounced back in the final two sets where she won but all of her service games and broke Rodionova’s serve five times. 

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The doubles final was also today and featured a matchup between two teams consisting of Canadian Mia Kupres and Danish Johanne Christine Svendsen versus the all-American team of Robin Anderson and Dalayna Hewitt.

The American duo wound up winning the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-4. It was another brisk one for the day, as it lasted slightly over an hour. They managed to break their opponents’ serve three times in the first set. The second set was just a bit more even, but a break of serve from the Americans in the final game ended up being what sealed their tournament victory. 

With the singles semifinals officially completed, the finals will see Sebov squaring off against Stollar tomorrow at noon.