Bouchard to face Svitolina in Malaysian Open final


Eugenie Bouchard and Elina Svitolina will contest the Malaysian Open final on Sunday after coming through their semi-finals in straight sets.

Bouchard endured a miserable 2015, suffering a loss of form before concussion kept her on the sidelines after she slipped in the locker room at the US Open.

The Canadian said she had no expectations for 2016, but continued her resurgence by beating the unseeded Naomi Broady 6-4 6-3 in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to reach her second final of the year.

Sixth seed Bouchard, who has slipped to 52nd in the world, saved all three break points that she faced and claimed three breaks of her own to deny Broady a place in a first Tour final.

Broady came up with 10 aces and saved 10 break points, but the Brit unable to claim another scalp after seeing off Sabine Lisicki to reach the last four, while her run in Malaysia has forced her to withdraw from Indian Wells, as she will not make it to the United States in time to contest her qualifier.

Svitolina will be out to prevent Bouchard from winning her first title since 2014 after ending outsider Zhu Lin's run with a 6-3 6-3 victory.

Second seed Svitolina produced a clinical display to seal her place in the final, grasping four of the five break-point opportunities and failing to hold serve just once.

Svitolina has won three WTA titles and will be competing in her first final of the year on Sunday.