Eugenie Bouchard is making a comeback at the age of 21. Ranked No. 5 in the world less than 16 months ago, the Canadian is currently ranked No. 37 and is searching for the form that made her a top 5 player. At the 2016 Australian Open on Wednesday, Bouchard faces World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who has climbed back up the rankings herself. Bouchard reached the quarterfinals in Shenzhen and the finals of Hobart in the weeks leading up to Melbourne, while Radwanska won Shenzhen without dropping a set.
The biggest challenge for Bouchard will be holding her own serve against Radwanska's relentless returns and ground game. Bouchard won less than 63% of her service games on the WTA Tour in 2015 while Radwanska won over 44% of her return games last year. In her first round match against Christine McHale at the Australian Open, Radwanska broke serve seven times in eight return games. Bouchard held nine of her 10 service games and faced just one break point in her opening round match and she’ll need to have that type of serving day if she’s going to pull the upset over Radwanska.
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