Bouchard reaches semis at Hobart International

Eugenie Bouchard. (Charles Krupa/AP)

HOBART, Australia — Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the semifinals of the Hobart International tennis tournament Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-2 win over second seed Camila Giorgi.

After the start of the match was delayed by inclement weather, Bouchard came out strong and took an early 3-0 lead.

Giorgi was unable to fight back from the early deficit and Bouchard cruised to victory in one hour and eight minutes.

Bouchard has won both of the matchups between the players. The Canadian defeated Giorgi 6-3, 6-0 on clay in Strasbourg in 2014.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., will face third seed Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinal round of the Australian Open tune-up tournament. Cibulkova beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-5, 6-3 to advance.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Catch Bouchard’s semi-final match against Dominika Cibulkova live tonight at 10:30pm on Sportsnet ONE.

Bouchard is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2015 season marred by poor performances and bad luck. Just as she was turning her season around with a string of solid performances at the U.S. Open, including a third-round win over Cibulkova, she suffered a concussion when she fell in a treatment room and had to withdraw form the Grand Slam tournament.

Once sitting as high as fifth in the world, Bouchard is currently 47th in the WTA Tour rankings.

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