Article courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press

WINNIPEG hosted the first professional tennis tournament in the city since 2000 on the weekend at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club.

It was the battle of Britain in the singles final. Top-seeded Johanna Konta defeated Samantha Murray 6-3, 6-1 to claim the CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger singles championship. Konta, ranked 140th in the world, did not lose a set throughout the tournament.

Murray had a chance to win in the doubles final, but she and partner Jade Windley lost to unseeded Canadian Heidi El Tabakh and American partner Allie Kiick in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 10-8.

Tennis Manitoba executive director Mark Arndt is optimistic Winnipeg will hold the event again next year.

“CIBC Wood Gundy is very happy with the outcome of this tournament and they look to renew again for next year, so that’s fantastic,” Arndt said.

CBC Winnipeg reports on the 2013 CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger champion, Johanna Konta.