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By Ros Satar

  • Eugenie Bouchard def. Naomi Broady 6-4 6-3
  • Broady looks set to land inside the Top 80 in next week’s rankings

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Naomi Broady’s great run at the BMW Malaysian Open came to an end as a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard booked her spot in the final.

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Broady was bidding for her first WTA tour level final, having ousted third seed Sabine Lisicki, but Bouchard was on the case from the start, breaking the Brit in the opening game.

Throughout the first set the Canadian piled on the pressure, forcing Broady to save the next five break points against her, before straightforwardly serving the first set out.

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.

Broady, who cracked the Top 100 at the start of the year after a spirited run to the Auckland quarter-final in the season opener finally got a look at Bouchard’s serve late in the second set, but failed to convert on the three chances she had to bring things to a level pegging.

Bouchard broke the Brit one more time for a spot in the final, where she will face Elina Svitolina.

While Heather Watson remains our best hope now of a final this weekend for the British women, Broady is right on her tail as far as the rankings are concered. However her solid week in Malaysia came at a cost with Broady having to pull out of Indian Wells, where the qualifying rounds start on Monday.

Watson is defending fourth round points at Indian Wells and having earned a wildcard, and will Laura Robson, expected to use her Protected Ranking to gain a place in the main draw, and of course British No. 1 Johanna Konta.

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