Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was left shocked on Saturday as she was knocked out of the Miami Open by Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
Radwanska, 41.00 to win the French Open, was unable to compete with her opponent as Lucic-Baroni, the 26th seed, cruised to victory as she secured a 6-0 6-3 win in barely an hour.
This weekend’s win is the second time that Lucic-Baroni has beat Radwanska in 2017, following her win at the Australian Open in January.
Lucic-Baroni eventually went on to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne before losing to American Serena Williams, and Radwanska was full of praise for her opponent this time around.
She told the WTA website: “She was playing unbelievable tennis today. She was very solid from the beginning, very aggressive, hitting everything with unbelievable speed.
I couldn’t do much. “The first set went so quickly, and in the second set I had chances, but I didn’t come back and unfortunately I missed the chance to stay in the match.
She was just too good today.” Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza nearly joined Radwanska in exiting the tournament but she recovered from a set down to overcome China’s Zhang Shuai 4-6 6-2-6-2 in over two hours.
Second seed Karolina Pliskova produced the goods to beat Kazak 27th seed Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-3, while there was also a victory for American Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she advanced into the fourth round after beating 17th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 6-0 6-3.