The ninth edition of the $50,000 Saguenay National Bank Challenger is coming to an end and there are two players left who will play for the singles title on Sunday.
Second-seeded Serbian Jovana Jaksic booked her in the championship thanks to a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 win over Ysaline Bonaventure of Belgium. In April, Jaksic reached her first WTA final in Monterrey where finished the runner up to her compatriot Ana Ivanovic. The 21-year-old, currently ranked no. 122 in the world, is the fifth ranked player in her country behind Ivanovic, Jankovic, Jovanovski, and Krunic.
Saturday’s second semifinal pitted France’s Julie Coin against Stephanie Vogt of Liechtenstein. The two players went the distance and the match was decided in a third set tiebreak with Coin coming out on top 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6). The 31-year-old is enjoying an impressive week in Saguenay, one which began with an upset victory over the tournament’s top seed, American Taylor Townsend. Coin is a regular on the Canadian Challenger circuit. She was a quarter-finalist at the Gatineau National Bank Challenger and a semifinalist in Granby this summer. In 2008, Coin scored the biggest win of her career, defeating then World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic at the U.S. Open.
The doubles final was also played on Saturday and featured Canadian Sonja Molnar. She and her partner Caitlin Whoriskey of the United States were defeated 6-4, 6-4 by the top-seeded team of Bonaventure and Great Britain’s Nicola Slater.