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Tennis Grand Stand:
Radwanska lines up a backhand under the Rod Laver lights.
Featured in the Rod Laver Arena night session was world #4 Agnieszka Radwanska, who put her undefeated 2013 record on the line against former #1 Ana Ivanovic. Their match offered a contrast in styles between the first-strike power of the Serb and the versatility of the Pole, who recorded her fifth straight victory in their rivalry with a generally convincing 6-2 6-4 success.
As expected, Ivanovic looked tentative in the first game on her serve. She looked uncertain both at the net and the baseline, although she did win an entertaining all-court rally to save a break point before consecutive netted forehands surrendered the opening break. Holding at love with a backhand down the line, Radwanska kept the early pressure on her opponent, who responded with a love hold highlighted by some fine net play and her own backhand winner.
The latter seemed an encouraging sign for Ana, who normally produces unremarkable tennis from that...
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Li Na has advanced to the Australian Open semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, ending the Polish player's 13-match winning streak to start the year.
In a match featuring 10 breaks of serve -- six by Li -- the sixth-seeded Chinese player broke Radwanska's service in the sixth game of the second set without allowing her opponent a point...
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Li Na showed why she has cast a long shadow over Melbourne in recent years.
A battle between two top-eight women opened the quarterfinal action on Rod Laver Arena today. Although she had lost to world #4 Agnieszka Radwanska last week, 2011 Australian Open finalist Li Na eked out a 7-5 6-3 victory tenser than the scoreline showed, extending her record this year to 13-1 and prolonging...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Agnieszka Radwanska won through to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Sunday night, demolishing thirteenth seed Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4 in just 70 minutes.
With the win, Radwanska extends her consecutive match winning streak to 13 in 2013, and she has yet to drop a set for the season thus far. She won the...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Li Na became the first player through to the Australian Open semifinals on Tuesday at Melbourne Park after she overcame fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3.
The first set was a grueling 66 minute encounter in which the women exchanged seven breaks of serve between them. Li claimed the seventh break on set...
Ana Ivanovic gets ready to take a whack at world #4 Agnieszka Radwanska.
At the start of the second week, all of the singles matches shift to the three show courts. We organize our daily preview a bit differently as a result, following the order of play for each stadium. From here to the end of the 2013 Australian Open, you can find a preview of every singles match in Wizards...
Ana Ivanovic describes their relationship as a healthy rivalry.
Jelena Jankovic says they have moved on from the past - particularly an unfortunate video clip in which she was caught mocking Ivanovic - and they get along fine.
Both are from Serbia and in their 20s. Both once held the No. 1 ranking and seemed headed for future tennis stardom, a destiny that both are still striving...
Ana Ivanovic describes her relationship with Jelena Jankovic as a healthy rivalry.
Jankovic says they have moved on from the past - particularly an unfortunate video clip in which she was mocking Ivanovic - and they get along fine.
Both are from Serbia and in their 20s. Both once held the No. 1 ranking and seemed headed for future tennis stardom, a destiny both are still striving...