Svitolina, Bouchard head to Malaysian Open final


Kuala Lumpur (AFP)

Second seed Elina Svitolina will square off against sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard in the Malaysian Open final Sunday after both won their semi-final matches in straight sets.

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 on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian had advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Slovakian Kristina Kucova on Friday.

Setting up her showdown with Svitolina, world number 52 Bouchard outpaced Britain's Naomi Broady 6-4, 6-3.

Bouchard had a difficult 2015 but the 22-year-old Canadian has been showing signs of returning to form recently.