Bouchard distracted in Hobart final loss

Eugenie Bouchard blamed family dramas for her Hobart International final thumping, but the former world No.5 says she’ll be right for the Australian Open.

On comeback from injury, Bouchard lost 6-1 6-2 to France’s Alize Cornet in Saturday’s Hobart decider.

“I woke up and just had personal family issues at home and things like that,” the Canadian said.

“I couldn’t keep my focus and as soon as things started going downhill, I really couldn’t keep my emotions together so things were out of my control.”

The former Open semi-finalist declined to give details about the personal issues.

The 21-year-old served five double-faults during the 67-minute match and at times appeared listless on court.

“(A) rough day at the office,” Bouchard said.

“I didn’t have the energy and emotional control I need to be able to perform well so I’m disappointed with that.

“I let my emotions get the better of me, especially in that first set.

“I don’t feel like I play good tennis when that’s the case but it’s a lesson to learn from and I hope it happens less frequently in the future.”

Bouchard will now focus on her first round at Melbourne Park where she faces Serbia’s world No.121 Aleksandra Krunic.

“I’m going to try and regroup,” Bouchard said.

“I have a couple of days to forget about it, go to Melbourne and just be excited to be at a slam.”

Bouchard said she was generally happy with her form as she continues to recover from a change-room fall during September’s US Open.

“I had a great week in Hobart,” she said. “I’m going to take those positives and keep building on that.”

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