Bartoli captures the Bell Challenge

Nov. 5, 2006 at 11:22 PM

QUEBEC CITY, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- France's Marion Bartoli Sunday trounced Russia's Olga Poutchkova in straight sets to win the Bell Challenge in Quebec City, Quebec.

The scores in the lopsided title match were 6-0, 6-0.

The victory was the third of the year, and of her career, for Bartoli.

"I didn't have expectations coming into this match, so maybe that helped," said Bartoli, who won a first-prize check of $28,000. "Also, maybe she was tired from yesterday. She's a little younger and less experienced, too. Whenever she'd start taking control of the points I'd hit it just as hard back, and I think that discouraged her a little bit."

In Saturday's semifinals, the 19-year-old Poutchkova, who was the eighth seed in this event, needed three sets to top No. 4 Severine Bremond of France.

In defeat, she took home $14,650.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Johnny Manziel has chance to start for Cleveland Browns
Gilbert Arenas banned from fair basketball game after dominating
Houston Astros bump Taylor Swift for possible playoff run
NFL, NFLPA engaged in Tom Brady settlement talks
Boston ends 2024 Summer Olympics bid