Eugenie Bouchard wins first WTA title

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova during the final of the...

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova during the final of the Nuremberg Cup in Nuremberg on May 24, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/DPA/DANIEL KARMANN)

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, Last Updated: 5:58 PM ET

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard won her first WTA singles title Saturday, beating Karolina Pliskova to claim the Nuremberg Cup.

The 20-year-old from Westmount, Que., defeated her Czech opponent 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

"This is kind of like a stepping stone for me,” Bouchard said on the WTA website. “Winning a WTA title is of course a goal I've had, and I'm so happy to accomplish it, but I still want to achieve more -- more titles, bigger titles -- so this is a step in the right direction, and it's part of the dream, but I want to move forward and keep going from here.

"(Pliskova) is a great player, and she can be very dangerous at times, so I'm really glad I stayed with it and kept fighting for it during the third set.”

Bouchard was in control early, needing less than 30 minutes to wrap up the first set. She led the second set 4-2 before Pliskova won four straight games to force a third and deciding set.

It was Bouchard’s second singles final. She previously lost to Samantha Stosur at the HP Open in October 2013. Bouchard is the first Canadian women’s singles champion since Aleksandra Wozniak won at the Bank of the West Classic in 2008.

Next up for Bouchard is the French Open, where she will face Israel’s Shahar Peer in the first round.

Wozniak qualified for the Grand Slam tournament Saturday, defeating Cagla Buyukakay 6-4, 6-4. The Blainville, Que., native will face world No. 27 Sorana Cirstea in the first round.


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