Bouchard in Hobart semis, Watson out

Bouchard in Hobart semis, Watson out

Eugenie Bouchard has found success in her toughest hit-out since returning from injury and on Friday she’ll contest the semi-finals of the Hobart International.

The former world No.5 late last night defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-2 in a polished 68-minute performance and will next meet Slovakian big-hitter Dominika Cibulkova.

The last time the pair met was at September’s US Open where Bouchard won in three sets.

It was her last complete match for 2015 before she slipped in the Flushing Meadows change rooms, suffering concussion and sparking an absence from competition that lasted until earlier this month.

“(It was) my best match of last year,” Bouchard said of her meeting with Cibulkova as she prepared for a rematch.

“I’m looking forward to a great match, a great fight, she’s a big competitor out there and I don’t know what will happen but I will try to enjoy it.”

The world No.47 said her Hobart campaign is helping rejuvenate her previous form.

“I’m definitely re-learning things I used to do well that I just haven’t done in a while because I haven’t played,” Bouchard said.

“Slowly, match by match the rust is going.

“Every match I’m feeling a little bit more normal, a little bit more like myself.”

In today’s other semi-final France’s Alize Cornet takes on Johanna Larsson.

In the early hours of this morning the Swedish player disposed of defending Hobart champion Heather Watson 6-3 4-6 4-6.

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