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Stosur, Bouchard to contest final

Kyodo

Third seed Samantha Stosur of Australia stormed past American teenager Madison Keys into the Japan Women’s Open final with a straight-sets victory on Saturday.

The Australian held all eight of her service games en route to 61-minute, 6-1, 6-2 victory at Osaka’s Utsubo Tennis Center.

In Sunday’s final, Stosur will face fifth-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who ended Japanese interest in the singles draw with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Kurumi Nara.

“You have to make sure you’re serving well against Madison so you don’t fall behind in a set, because she’s got a very, very big serve,” Stosur said of sixth-seeded Madison.

“She’s also tall, pretty strong, hits the ball hard and has very good ground strokes. You have to make sure you don’t give her a break. It’s always tough,” she told WTA.com.