Toronto’s Sharon Fichman successfully defended her championship at the $50,000 Cooper Challenger at the Waterloo Tennis Club.  Fichman and Julia Glushko of Israel, the #1 and 2 seeds respectively took to the court Sunday in front of a sun-baked crowd of more than 400 to battle for the singles title.

Fichman won the first three games, going toe-to-toe in quality rallies with Glushko, to go up 3-0. Fichman never looked back from her quick start and went on to win the two-hour match 6-3, 6-2.  The defending champ became the reigning tournament champion of 2012.

Bill Cooper Jr. of Cooper Construction presented Fichman with her trophy. The 22-year-old also received a watch courtesy of Mercedes Benz and a cheque for $7,315 for winning the tournament. Just as important were the 70 valuable points that will help improve Fichman’s present world ranking of #196.

Glushko won $3,990 for her runner-up finish and 50 points to help her present ranking of #226.