WTA Eastbourne: Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Eugenie Bouchard to advance into the quarterfinals

Agnieszka Radwanska met Eugenie Bouchard in the third round of the Aegon International at Eastbourne. The Polish defeated the 22-year-old comfortably 6-3 6-3 in just an hour and thirteen minutes, booking her place in the Eastbourne quarterfinals where she will meet Dominika Cibulkova, who defeated Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets as well.

One break helps Radwanska win opener

It was the Canadian who won the toss and elected to serve, but signs did not look well for her early as Radwanska raced ahead in the game off of Bouchard's errors. Bouchard was not going away, though, and fought off two breaks points to eventually win the game for a 1-0 lead. It was the complete opposite for Radwanska, however, as she won her first service game with ease. Unforced errors were now creeping into Bouchard's game, and these proved vital in the third game as Radwanska broke the Canadian on her first attempt.

The smart play that the Pole is known for then helped her consolidate the break as Bouchard's errors helped Radwanska to win the game for a 3-1 lead. The players then each held serve easily, thus making the score 4-2 in favor of the 27-year-old. Three winners in a row for Bouchard then helped her hold serve easily to love as she was not going to go away swimmingly in this opening set.

Eugenie Bouchard setting up for a drive-volley. | Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images
Eugenie Bouchard setting up for a drive-volley. | Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

The Polish player, however, was not letting up as she again held serve for a 5-3 lead, putting her four points away to winning the set. But from there, things went from bad to worse for the Canadian as Radwanska played excellent tennis, including a few winners, en route to breaking Bouchard and taking the first set 6-3, in 32 minutes.

Radwanska stays calm en route to winning the match

It was the Pole who started out proceedings in the second set, but things did not go as planned as Bouchard out-hit Radwanska to earn herself two breaks points. she only needed one, however, as a Radwanska error gave the Canadian her first break of the match. It then looked as if Bouchard was going to consolidate the break as she earned herself two game points. That was not to be, though, as Radwanska used tactical play to eventually break the 22-year-old back to level the score at 1-1. Bouchard, though, did not go away as the spirited Canadian earned herself more break points the very next game. Again, though, she couldn't cross the finish line, and the 27-year-old took advantage to hold for a 2-1 lead. 

Agnieszka Radwanska hitting a serve. | Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images
Agnieszka Radwanska hitting a serve. | Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

The pair then traded breaks, each playing smart tennis while returning to earn the breaks, making the score 3-2 in favor of Radwanska. Bouchard, who was now playing much better, finally got back to level terms with the Pole as she held comfortably held serve with multiple winners. Radwanska then also held serve as she was playing consistent tennis, waiting for Bouchard to make the error.

Despite the Canadian raising her game, Radwanska was just too good and broke Bouchard easily as another error came from the 22-year-old's racquet. The Pole now had a 5-3 lead, and a chance to serve for the match. And she took it, a forehand from Bouchard sailing wide to give Radwanska the match 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour and 10 minutes.

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