SAGUENAY, Que. — American Catherine Bellis topped 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., 6-4, 6-2, in the final of the Saguenay National Bank Challenger on Sunday.
Bellis, a year older than Andreescu and seeded first in the tournament, played a virtually flawless game and throughout the week, going through the draw without losing more than four games in a set.
"I am so happy right now, this is the best day of my career so far," said Bellis. "Bianca (Andreescu) had a great week, she played so well to get to the final and I am sure this won’t be the last time we’ll play each other."
Bellis picks up her second title of the season and she will reach a career-high WTA ranking on Monday, improving on her previous best of No. 110.
Andreescu still enjoyed a strong week, reaching the final in singles and doubles. This was the biggest pro final of her career and she will break into the Top 400 on the WTA rankings for the first time. The 16-year-old Andreescu is the youngest finalist in tournament history.
"Today wasn’t my best day, but Cici (Bellis) deserves all of the credit, she didn’t let me into the match and made it really tough on me," Andreescu said. "This was still a big week for me, I am proud about making my first $50,000 Challenger final, especially here at home."