Katherine Sebov playing tennis

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After winning it all this past weekend in Saguenay, Katherine Sebov once again leads the rankings in the 2023 Tevlin Challenger. 

Should Sebov walk away with another victory this week, it will mark her third title and fourth finals appearance just in Canada this year. Her first tournament win of the year came in Toronto back in March when she took home the trophy at the ITF W25 event.

In 2022, American Robin Anderson won the Tevlin Challenger, besting Korean Sujeong Jang in the finals. Anderson is also making her return to the tournament this year, hoping to repeat her triumphant conclusion from a year ago. 

Marina Stakusic and Victoria Mboko are making their way to Toronto in hopes of going the distance. The two faced off in the second round of the Saguenay Challenger with Mboko coming out on top after a battle in three sets. Prior to Stakusic’s loss against Mboko, she had won her last 12 matches. 

In November, Stakusic will represent Canada in the Billie Jean King Cup. She currently holds an impressive 18-4 record this year in the ITF Tour.

Mboko went on to face Sebov in the quarter-finals but fell short as Sebov’s dominant run led her to winning the finals. Despite a tough string of tournaments for the 17-year-old, she managed to win it all at the W60 in Saskatoon in July foa second time, Her tournament win was her first of the year.  

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Elsewhere in the tournament is second seed Arina Rodionova who will to bounce back from a semifinals loss in Saguenay to tournament runner-up Fanny Stollar, who’s unseeded at the Tevlin Challenger. Though Stollar wound up dropping the final to Sebov, she will likely use that to fuel her fire as she aims to take the trophy home in Toronto. 

All-British team Sarah Beth Grey and Eden Silva top the rankings in the doubles side of things for the tournament.

The main draw will begin on Oct. 24 and the tournament will last until Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Excellence Center of the Sobeys Stadium. Admission is free. Matches will be available to stream on the ITF website.