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Australian Open Champion Azarenka Beaten By Radwanska

posted 22 Jan 2014, 05:24 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 22 Jan 2014, 05:25 ]

Defending Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is beaten in the quarter-finals by Agnieszka Radwanska.

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA (JANUARY 22, 2014) (TENNIS AUSTRALIA) -  Agnieszka Radwanska ended Victoria Azarenka's bid for a hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park on Wednesday (January 22) and reached her maiden Australian Open semi-final with a 6-1 5-7 6-0 win.

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The crafty Pole frustrated Azarenka with a scrambling, cat-and-mouse game early and completely dismantled the big Belarusian in the third set to close out the match in exactly two hours under bright sunshine at Rod Laver Arena.

Fifth seed Radwanska's triumph ensured the top three seeds have all been eliminated early, with world number one Serena Williams and third-ranked Maria Sharapova already dumped from the tournament.

The 24-year-old Radwanska will play 20th-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the final.