According to the WTA Tour, Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Quebec advanced to her very first tennis final on the women's tennis association tour Sunday in Japan before losing in three dramatic sets to former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur of Australia 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
It was a great week for Bouchard, who had a very favourable draw and will definitely see a boost in her world ranking where she is currently 32nd.
But if you wanted to see the Bouchard/Stosur match on Canadian television, you were out of luck. True, Sportsnet was busy covering the American League Championship Series and the Tennis Masters Series event in Shanghai, but special circumstances could have been made to bring the Stosur/Bouchard match on the Sportsnet website.
The gender imbalance when it comes to Canadian sports programming is very evident. While Canadians had no problem watching Milos Raonic's key matches on his way to the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championship in Tokyo a week ago, the same cannot be said for Bouchard in Osaka this weekend. Let's hope Bouchard's matches will be seen at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.