May 24, 2014 10:00 am

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard wins first pro tennis tournament

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard celebrates after defeating Czech Karolina Pliskova at the WTA final in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Bouchard won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

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NUREMBERG, Germany – 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.

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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.

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