Eugenie Bouchard Reaches First WTA Tour Final in Osaka

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World No. 35 Eugenie Bouchard (Bio) reached her first ever WTA Tour final when she defeated unseeded Kurumi Nara (Bio) 6-2, 6-2 to cement her career best performance in Osaka.

The No. 1 teenager on the tour never appeared threatened during her semifinal contest as she broke ahead at 3-1 in the opening set and took an even bigger lead in the second set, sprinting to a 3-0 lead. Prior to making the final, the Canadian’s best WTA results were a pair of semifinals, both this year, at Strasbourg (where she lost to Alizé Cornet) and Québec City (lost to Lucie Safarova).

This marks the peak of Bouchard’s breakthrough year on the tour, as she rose from No. 144 at the end of the 2012 season, to World No. 35 as of October 7th and will likely finish high enough in the ranks to secure a seeded position in the Australian Open next season.

Australia’s Samantha Stosur (Bio) overpowered teenager Madison Keys (Bio) to reach the finals of the Osaka Open in Japan. The World No. 20 held all her service games and dropped a total of three games in her dominant 6-1, 6-2 win over the American. She now enters her 17th tour final and is in search of her second title of the season. Stosur, who previously won the event four years ago in 2009, will be looking to duplicate her efforts again and end the magnificent run of the Canadian teenager.They had previously met on the tour yet it was a match that was never completed as Stosur was forced to retire with a calf injury.

“I played Eugenie one time but I had to pull out injured during the match,” Stosur said. “It was an injury from Indian Wells, a pulled calf muscle. So I wasn’t really ready to play in Charleston, and I wasn’t really paying much attention in that match, so I’m going to have to do a bit of homework tonight.”


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