Eugenie Bouchard and Alize Cornet will put their Australian Open ambitions aside when they contest the final of the Hobart International on Saturday.
Former world No.5 Bouchard from Canada is the favourite going into the decider, but she is returning from injury and admits she’s some way off her top-10 form.
On Friday she won a rollercoaster semi-final over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-1 4-6 6-4.
After a frustrating second set, when she failed to hold serve, Bouchard smashed her racquet repeatedly on the court and later admitted she needs to better control her emotions.
It’s a weakness Cornet can exploit.
“I think I have the game to bother her but I have to do it really 100 per cent perfect,” the French player said.
The final is scheduled for 2pm (AEDT) after which both players will focus on their Melbourne Park campaigns.
Bouchard, who has been a semi- and quarter-finalist at the Open, meets Serbia’s world No.121 Aleksandra Krunic in round one and should progress.
But a likely round-two workout against world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska will be a test for Bouchard whose 2015 was plagued by injury.
Cornet’s first meeting in Melbourne will be against Bojana Jovanovski.