Fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open after winning a tough battle in three sets against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam at Melbourne Park on Sunday.
The Pole beat the unseeded Friedsam 6-7(6), 6-1, 7-5 in a match that lasted two hours and 35 minutes, including drama when the German’s knee seemed to cramp up just before the last two games of the match making it difficult for her to serve and move around on the court.
Much to the annoyance of the crowd, Friedsam got a time warning including a point penalty in her last service game, which she lost.
In the opening set, there was a total of six service breaks before that match proceeded to a tie-breaker where Friedsam came through winning it 8-6 and the set.
The second was dominated by Radwanksa who broke her opponent’s serve in the second and sixth games to win the set 6-1.
There were a lot of dropped service games during the third set with Friedsam dropping her serve twice and Radwanska doing the same up until the scores were tied at 5-5.
Friedsam had the trainer on court to work on an apparent cramp/injury to her knee. She dropped her serve the very next game to go down 5-6 and Radwanska then served out the match winning the set 7-5.
For Radwanska, this is her fifth quarter-final appearance at the Australian Open in six years. She will next face the winner of the match between Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova and Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
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