Istanbul Tennis Championship: Eugenie Bouchard reaches first WTA final in over four years

Bouchard is ranked 272nd after a losing record in 2019 and stop-start 2020. The Canadian had to come through qualifying to reach the Istanbul main draw.

The Associated Press September 12, 2020 21:47:06 IST
Istanbul Tennis Championship: Eugenie Bouchard reaches first WTA final in over four years

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada prepares to play during her match against Caroline Garcia of France during their women's singles second round match at the Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 8, 2020. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP)

Istanbul: Former Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard booked her first WTA final in more than four years at the Istanbul Tennis Championship on Saturday.

After the Canadian defeated Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-finals, she will play Patricia Maria Tig or Tereza Martincova in Sunday’s decider. Bouchard will go for her second title after winning in Nuremberg in 2014.

Bouchard is ranked 272nd after a losing record in 2019 and stop-start 2020. The Canadian had to come through qualifying to reach the Istanbul main draw.

Badosa won their only previous meeting in 2018, but Bouchard saved six of the seven break points she faced and finished strongly with three aces in the final game — including on match point — to beat the 94th-ranked Spaniard in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

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