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(ISN) – Gatineau, July 13, 2014 – The singles final of the first edition of the $25,000 Gatineau National Bank Challenger was played on Sunday and France’s Stéphanie Foretz was crowned the inaugural champion of the ITF Women’s Challenger after defeating Canadian Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

After a rain delay of several hours, the championship match was moved indoors at the Sporthèque de Hull in Gatineau. Foretz was the first to break serve at 2-2 in the opening frame and added another to take a 6-3 lead. Abanda raised her level in the second, winning the first ten points of the set and grabbing a 4-0 lead. The 17-year-old converted her third set point to force a decisive third. The experience of the 33-year-old Foretz prevailed in the final set as she was the more consistent of the two players in the end and ultimately became the first champion of the Gatineau National Bank Challenger.

Foretz wins the eighth ITF Challenger title of her career. Currently ranked no. 259 in the world, she reached a career-high ranking of no. 62 in 2003.