WTA: Sam Stosur is big in Japan Open

Sam Stosur WTA Japan Open

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Sam Stosur came from a set down to defeat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the final of the WTA Japan Open in Osaka on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Australian, whose career highlight to date is her 2011 US Open title success, was left reeling in the opening set when she was broken three times by her 19-year-old opponent.

However, Stosur gradually built up some momentum in the second set to grab a break at 5-5 when it looked like heading to a tiebreaker.

Bouchard held serve to start the final set, but Stosur then won the next four games and comfortably came through to win her second Japan Open title 3-6 7-5 6-2 in two hours and 13 minutes.

It is the first time the world number 20 has won two events in a season, after she also claimed the title in Carlsbad in August.

“Eugenie was playing really well today. I just had to stick it out in the second set, and I’m pretty happy with how things went in the third,” said Stosur, who also won this tournament in 2009.

She added: “I love playing here. I love the site and the fans are great – I always feel like I have lots and lots of support when I come to Osaka.”

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