Radwanska too good for Bouchard

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Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to reach the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.

Radwanska showed grit and determination, digging herself out of a hole in the first set to see off the fit-again Bouchard 6-4 6-2 on Rod Laver. 

Bouchard came into the grand slam nearing her best after suffering a bad bout of concussion last year, making the Hobart International final as well as the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals, where Radwanska triumphed this month.

And Bouchard, who held an 8-18 career win-loss record against players in the top 10, looked on track for a big scalp after executing a delicate drop shot for a 4-2 lead in the first set, but that sparked Radwanska into action. 

She broke back immediately, winning four consecutive games to claim the opener following five set points.

The 2014 semi-finalist continued where she left off in the second set, up 2-0 with an early break.

It was a lead Radwanska never relinquished as she maintained her unbeaten start in 2016, while earning a seventh straight third-round appearance at the Australian Open.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Radwanska [4] bt Bouchard 6-4 6-2

ACES

Radwanska - 0

Bouchard - 1

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Radwanska - 9/12

Bouchard - 25/37

BREAK POINTS WON

Radwanska - 4/4

Bouchard - 1/7

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Radwanska - 59

Bouchard - 57

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Radwanska - 65/57

Bouchard - 52/55

TOTAL POINTS

Radwanska - 66

Bouchard - 53