A new champion has been crowned at the $60,000 Tevlin Challenger as No. 8 seed Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium defeated Swiss No. 2 seed Patty Schnyder 7-6(3), 6-3 on Sunday at York University’s Aviva Centre.
Bonaventure prevailed after a tight first set, that needed nearly one hour and a tie-break to solve. However, she was able to close out the match over the former world No. 7 and took the second set in just 28 minutes.
Bonaventure broke Schnyder three times in the second set to claim the victory, and her second ITF crown of the season.
“I started off very nervous but I was able to keep it going, fight and continue running,” said Bonaventure following the match. “I knew I was going to run a lot against her but I kept pushing the whole match. I think she was not feeling very well today but I took advantage of it and it worked.”
“It’s the final so obviously you want to try somehow but I just couldn’t play my game,” said Schnyder who began experiencing flu-like symptoms earlier this weekend. “There were too many rallies, and she just played too tough. She played a really good match, and I just wasn’t good enough or healthy enough.”
With the victory, Bonaventure will secure enough ranking points to play qualification action at the Australian Open in January.
“I was very nervous before the match because I was thinking a lot about the points,” said Bonaventure. “That if I made it, I would be able to go to Australia which was the big goal of my comeback this year.”
Bonaventure was sidelined for eight months of last year after severely breaking her wrist. She needed three surgeries last year but has looked impressive in her return to competition.
Bonaventure also reached the doubles final in Toronto. She and partner Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico were defeated in the championship round by Erin Routliffe of New Zealand and Chile’s Alexa Guarachi Mathison on Saturday. Routliffe and Guarachi Mathison captured the title with a 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-4 victory.
The $60,000 Tevlin Challenger, part of the ITF Pro Circuit, ran from October 30 – November 5 at Aviva Centre in Toronto. Former champions include Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak, and Gabriela Dabrowski, as well as 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki of Germany. For full draws, complete scores, and final results, please click here.