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Canada's Bouchard edged by Stosur in Japan Open final

The Canadian Press

10/13/2013 9:41:16 AM

OSAKA, Japan -- Samantha Stosur of Australia rallied from a set down to beat Montreal teenager Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Sunday and win her second Japan Open title.

Third-seeded Stosur, who won this tournament in 2009, could only convert seven of her 15 break-point opportunities but eventually won in two hours and 13 minutes at Utsubo Tennis Center.

Bouchard started the match well, jumping out to a 6-3, 4-3 lead. On two occasions she was six points away from capturing her first-ever WTA title.

Stosur, the U.S. Open champion in 2011, broke Bouchard's serve at 5-5 in the second set and never looked back en route to collecting her fifth career title and second this season.

It was the 17th tour final for the 29-year-old Stosur but the first of Bouchard's career.

Bouchard is the first Canadian to reach a WTA singles final since Vancouver's Rebecca Marino at Memphis in 2011. The 19-year-old was trying to become the first Canadian title winner on Tour since Aleksandra Wozniak at Stanford in 2008.

Stosur lost her only previous match with the 19-year-old Bouchard last April in Charleston when she retired due to injury while trailing 6-1 2-0.