Eugenie Bouchard and Elina Svitolina will contest the Malaysian Open final on Sunday after coming through their semi-finals in straight sets. “I was just trying to get the first serve back in the court”.
Broady had a break point in the first game but Lisicki held and went on to establish a 2-0 lead.
Svitolina, ranked 19th in the world, easily dispatched China’s Lin Zhu 6-3, 6-3 in the first semi-final match which only lasted about an hour yesterday.
The pressure did not stop for the Brit, fending off Bouchard again in the opening game of the second set, before finally the Canadian was rewarded for her perseverance with another break.
Bouchard points to hard work day in and day out as the catalyst behind her great start to the 2016 season. Svitolina has won all three prior meetings with Bouchard, with two of those matches going the distance.
The 22-year-old Bouchard withstood 10 aces from Britain’s Naomi Broady to pull off a 6-4, 6-3 win in the other semi-final. Zhu started well…it was a pretty tough start for me and I knew that I really needed to focus and wait for my opportunities.
According to the WTA website, Svitolina had beaten Bouchard three times in the 2013 Indian Wells Open, Miami Open and 2015 Western & Southern Open, respectively. I couldn’t attack her in the first serve, she was an wonderful server.
Elina Svitolina has a flawless record in WTA Tour finals. “I’m looking forward to the final”.