An all-Canadian battle in the opening round

Monday night in Quebec City will kick off with a bang, as the tournament’s third and fourth seeds, Monica Puig and Monica Niculescu, will be in action. Joining the programming schedule for Monday are a pair of Canadians playing in doubles, as Carson Branstine and Rebecca Marino are teaming up in the doubles draw. They …


Abanda, Marino and Fernandez in the main draw at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA

The official draw took place on Friday for the 26thedition of the National Bank Cup presented by IGA. There are three Canadians in the main draw, as Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC), Rebecca Marino (Vancouver, BC) and Leylah Annie Fernandez (Laval, QC) have received wild cards. Returning to Quebec City for a seventh time is Abanda, …


Looking back on the 25th edition of the National Bank Cup presented by IGA

The 25th edition of the National Bank Cup presented by IGA was filled with emotions and surprises. An unexpected champion Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck, virtually unknown to the fans at PEPS, made an improbable run to capture her first WTA title in Quebec City. “I never believed that I could win here, reaching the final …


Safarova leads quarter-final lineup

It will be Lucie vs. Lucie in Friday’s quarter-finals at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA in Quebec City. Top seeded Lucie Safarova and Lucie Hradecka won their second round matches on Thursday night at PEPS to set up all the all-Czech encounter. Hradecka came from 3-5 down in the third set to defeat …


Abanda reaches first WTA quarter-final in Quebec City

Françoise Abanda came from a set down to pull through her second round match on Wednesday night at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA to advance to her first WTA quarter-final in Quebec City. The 20-year-old pulled through 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 over fifth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko two hours, 20 minutes of play. Abanda won …


Safarova hurries through, Abanda impresses

At the end of first round play, seven of the top 8 seeds have advanced to the second round of the National Bank Cup presented by IGA. Playing her first match in Quebec City since she won the title in 2013, top-seeded Czech Lucie Safarova was in champion’s form on Tuesday night racing through her …


Dabrowski, Dodin and Wozniak will play on opening night in Quebec City; Abanda, Andreescu and Safarova will play Tuesday

Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Aleksandra Wozniak, as well as Océane Dodin of France will launch the festivities on opening night Monday at the National Bank Cup presented by IGA. Wozniak, who will be playing for the 13th time in Quebec City, will face fifth-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko, ranked no. 64 in the world, in her …


Bouchard and Abanda ousted

Photo par Pascal Ratthé The two remaining Canadians in the singles draw at the National Bank Cup presented by Mazda, Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC) and Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC),  were defeated in the second round on Thursday night at PEPS on the campus of Laval University. During Thursday’s night session, Bouchard and Abanda had the …