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Cornet dominates shaky Bouchard to win Hobart title

AFP logoAFP 16-01-2016
(FILES) Alize Cornet of France hits a return against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during a women's singles match at the Brisbane International on January 5, 2016. Cornet stormed to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard to claim her fifth career WTA title at the Hobart International on January 16. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN © Provided by AFP (FILES) Alize Cornet of France hits a return against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during a women's singles match at the Brisbane International on January 5, 2016. Cornet stormed to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard to claim her fifth career WTA title at the Hobart International on January 16. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

France's Alize Cornet stormed to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Eugenie Bouchard to claim her fifth career WTA title at the Hobart International on Saturday.

The 42nd-ranked Cornet was too strong and consistent for the misfiring Canadian, winning the decider in 68 minutes in windy conditions.

But as much as seventh seed Cornet dominated, former world number five Bouchard was well off her game, losing serve seven times, producing five double faults and serving at just 48 percent.

It was 25-year-old Cornet's first WTA title since winning at Katowice in 2014, and gave her a perfect tune-up for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne where she will face Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski in the first round of the year's opening Grand Slam.

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