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Bouchard claims maiden title

Rising star Eugenie Bouchard claimed her first WTA title on Saturday as she beat Karolina Pliskova to take the Nurnberger Versicherungscup.

The 20-year-old Canadian - who gave clear statements of her abilities at last year's Wimbledon and this year's Australian Open - won 6-2 4-6 6-3.

It is the fruition of promise Bouchard has shown for some time, most notablty when reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne in January.

Before this final Bouchard was one of two top-20 players without a WTA title to her name - Sloane Stephens the other - but that has now been amended.

She becomes the second Canadian to win one in 26 years, with Aleksandra Wozniak the other in 2008.

"I'm really proud of myself, I worked really hard this week," she said in her post-match on-court interview.

Bouchard now heads to Roland Garros for a first-round French Open clash with Shahar Peer.