Osaka HP Open
Centre Court, 12:00 pm
Eugenie Bouchard (Bio) goes for the first WTA Title of her career in Osaka when she plays Samantha Stosur (Bio) in the final. It would cap off an great few months for the talented Canadian. Check out the Stosur vs Bouchard Head to Head.
Along with wins over Ana Ivanovic, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Jankovic in the second half of the year, Bouchard has become a fixture at the latter end of tournaments with now a final, a semi-final and a quarter-final in her last four tournaments. Her Tokyo run was ended by Venus Williams in the semi-final but she acquitted herself well against the multiple grand slam champion, taking her to three sets.
Aside from a disappointing opening set against Barbara Zahlavova Strycova, Bouchard has been very convincing this week dropping just 22 games in four matches. Varvara Lepchenko, Luksika Kumkhum and finally Kurumi Nara were brushed aside in straights, the latter in a 6-2 6-2 victory.
After defeating Johanna Larsson in round one, Stosur’s run to the final involved some of the up and coming stars on the WTA Tour and her experience told with wins over Belinda Bencic and Misaki Doi in the second round and quarter-final respectively. Madison Keys came into their semis matchup in good form but it was a matchup that was heavily in Stosur’s favour and the Aussie would drop just three games in a dominating performance.
For a grand slam champion like Stosur, her record in finals is highly surprising. She is currently a shocking 4-12 in finals – winning the US Open in 2011, Charleston 2010, Carlsbad 2013 and this very event in 2009 with a win over Francesca Schiavone in straight sets.
On paper, this should be a step too far for Bouchard although Stosur’s poor finals record is bound to play on her mind. Bouchard was a 6-1 2-0 up on an injured Stosur in their only meeting this year before she eventually called it quits on the clay of Charleston.
Prediction: Samantha Stosur in three sets