The final of the HP Open tournament was played in the Japanese city of Osaka on Sunday afternoon between 3rd seeded Samantha Stosur (Player Bio) and the 5th seeded Eugenie Bouchard (Player Bio). Stosur cruised into the final after demolishing Madison Keys 6-1 6-2 in the semis in double quick time. Bouchard, who is just 19 years old and the world’s top teenager, had an equally easy day at the office when she handily defeated Kurumi Nara 6-2 6-2 for her place in her very first WTA final.
Bouchard got the better of Stosur throughout the first set and took it comfortably at 6-3, but the experienced Aussie tightened up her game and levelled with the Canadian all through the second set to 5-5. With Bouchard serving and having game point, Stosur reeled off some fine points to break and then hold her serve to take the set at 7-5. Bouchard started the decider and held her serve, but Stosur then went on a winning streak of four games in a row. She allowed the teenager just one more game before sealing the set at 6-2 for her 5th WTA singles title and second title at this tournament, which she also won in 2009.
A while later Stosur, partnered by Zhang Shuai, took to the court to play the doubles final against Flavia Pennetta and Kristina Mladenovic, the second seeds. Stosur and Shuai were not seeded, but took out the top seeds in the semis in three sets, while their opponents won their three rounds in easy straight sets. It took the Italian/French pair just an hour and five minutes to capture the title, again winning in straight sets, 6-4 6-3.