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Bouchard wins Nuremberg Cup for 1st WTA title

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to win the Nuremberg Cup for her first WTA title.

The second-seeded Bouchard, who had not lost a set on the way to her second career final, held her nerve in the third set after five breaks of serve in a row to win in 1 hour, 53 minutes.

Pliskova beat top-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina to reach the final, but the Czech was unable to claim her second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

“She’s 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 said.

The 20-year-old Bouchard had won the only previous matchup between the pair in the first round of the U.S. Open last year.

“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, but I still want to achieve more – more titles, bigger titles,” Bouchard said.

Bouchard wins Nuremberg Cup for 1st WTA title

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NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to win the Nuremberg Cup for her first WTA title.

The second-seeded Bouchard, who had not lost a set on the way to her second career final, held her nerve in the third set after five breaks of serve in a row to win in 1 hour, 53 minutes.

Pliskova beat top-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina to reach the final and the Czech showed her fighting qualities after losing the opening set. But she was unable to claim her second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

The 20-year-old Bouchard had won the only previous matchup between the pair in the first round of the U.S. Open last year.

Bouchard wins Nuremberg Cup for 1st WTA title

KDWN

NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Eugenie Bouchard of Canada defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Saturday to win the Nuremberg Cup for her first WTA title.

The second-seeded Bouchard, who had not lost a set on the way to her second final of the year, held her nerve in the third set after five breaks of serve in a row to win in 1 hour, 53 minutes.

Pliskova beat top-seeded Angelique Kerber and No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina to reach the final and the Czech showed her fighting qualities after losing the opening set. But she was unable to claim her second career title after Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

The 20-year-old Bouchard had won the only previous matchup between the pair in the first round of the U.S. Open last year.