Canadian starlet Eugenie Bouchard broke through to win her first WTA title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Karolina Pliskova to secure the Nuremberg Cup.
Bouchard looked comfortable after bagging the opening set, and seemed to be cruising at 4-2 in the second. She then began experiencing problems with her serve. Pliskova accepted the invitation to get back in the match and duly reeled off four straight games to take the second set and level proceedings. The streak continued with her adding another game to take an early lead in the third.
The deciding set was a roller coaster ride with both players being broken on multiple occasions before Bouchard steadied the ship to prevail and take her maiden title.
“This is kind of like a stepping stone for me. Winning a WTA title is of course a goal I’ve had, and I’m so happy to accomplish it,” stated a relieved Bouchard after the match.
Her win secured the first WTA title for a Canadian woman since Aleksandra Wozniak, in 2008.
She is now scheduled to take on Israel’s Shahar Peer in her opening match of the French Open at Roland Garros.
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