Quebec City, QC – Reigning champion Tamira Paszek barely round match Wednesday at the $220,000 Bell Challenge.
The third-seeded Paszek fought off match points before outlasting 25-year-old American Varvara Lepchenko 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) on the hardcourts at PEPS Laval University Campus. The Austrian slugger Paszek needed just over three hours to stave off the game Lepchenko.
Paszek bested another American, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, in last year's finale in Quebec City.
The 2011 Bell Challenge titlist will earn $37,000.