Svitolina, Bouchard advance in Malaysia

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine and Canadian Eugenie Bouchard both reached the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open women’s singles on Friday.

Svitolina needed one hour and 54 minutes to defeat Kristina Kucova 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 to set up a clash against unseeded Zhu Lin of China in the semi-final.

Kucova started the match perfectly to dominate the set by breaking serve in the first game and again in the fifth and seventh games to claim the set 6-1.

There were five breaks of serve in the second set for the second seed to be on equal terms winning the set 6-1 in 43 minutes.

The final set started with Svitolina losing her serve to go 0-1 down but she then recovered to break three times in a row and serve out the match and claim the final set 6-1 for the win.

Bouchard, meanwhile, looked in control against Cagla Buyukakcay,  wrapping up a 6-1, 6-4 victory after 93 minutes thanks to four breaks of serve.

She moves on to face Great Britain’s Naomi Broady, who scored an upset win over third seed Sabine Lisicki in the final match of the evening.

Lisicki twice broke Broady’s serve in the first set, but immediately gave it back each time. Broady then snatched the ensuing tie-break to go one set up.

Lisicki hit back strongly to take the second set and even found herself a break up in the third, but Broady produced a grandstand finish, breaking twice in succession to secure a 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 7-5 victory after two hours and 17 minutes.