Eugenie Bouchard drops Japan Open final

Eugenie Bouchard returns a shot against Samantha Stosur during the Japan Open final in Osaka,...

Eugenie Bouchard returns a shot against Samantha Stosur during the Japan Open final in Osaka, Japan, Oct. 13, 2013. (Reuters/Kyodo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:07 PM ET

Eugenie Bouchard will have to wait for her first WTA crown.

Despite a strong start Sunday, claiming the first set in the Japan Open final, the Canadian tennis star could not oust Australian Samantha Stosur.

Stosur, the 20th-ranked player in the world, captured her second Japan Open title, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. The match took two hours and 13 minutes to complete, with Bouchard failing to seize a golden opportunity to grab hardware after an impressive start.

“I’m disappointed because I always want to win,” Bouchard, 19, told reporters following the defeat, “but I’ll take the lessons from this and keep working hard. I definitely tried my best today.”

The Westmount, Que., native was the No. 35 player on the WTA’s singles rankings prior to the tournament.


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