Stosur fights back to overcome Bouchard in Japan
Samantha Stosur rallied from a set down to beat the highest-ranked teenager Eugenie Bouchard 3-6 7-5 6-2 and win her second Japan Open title.
The champion of 2009 could only convert seven of her 15 break-point opportunities but eventually won in two hours and 13 minutes to emerge victorious in her 17th tour final, and end the run of 19-year-old Bouchard in what was her maiden final.
Stosur lost her only previous match with world No. 35 Bouchard last April in Charleston when she retired due to injury while trailing 6-1 2-0.
And on her win, former US Open champion Stosur said: "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. 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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