Australian Open: Radwanska too strong for champion Azarenka

Agnieszka Radwanska Australian Open

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Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka has hinted she felt powerless to stop Agnieszka Radwanska after being knocked out in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The Pole blitzed her way into a one-set lead but Azarenka hit back to take the second before Radwanska ruthless sealed a 6-1 5-7 6-0 victory.

Afterwards the world number two, who beat Li Na in the Melbourne final last year and Maria Sharapova in 2012, admitted feeling “like a spectator a little bit”.

“She was getting to every ball,” said Azarenka. “She guessed so many of my shots and I felt like at one point I was being too predictable.

“She definitely took advantage of that. She was solid from the baseline, she came in when she needed to, she served well in the important moments. She was just doing everything a little bit better than me.

“I was just watching.”

Radwanska’s reward is a semi-final meeting with Dominika Cibulkova who comfortably saw off Simona Halep 6-3 6-0.

The number 20 seed has enjoyed a fantastic run to date Down Under after beating 2008 champion Sharapova 6-3 4-6 1-6 in the third round.

“I have experience of these important matches and I knew how to react on court,” said Cibulkova.

“I did everything perfect today. The match against Maria took everything out of me but my fitness is good so I came through.”

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