Radwanksa into last four in Melbourne

Agnieszka Radwanska has booked her spot in a second Australian Open semi-final courtesy of a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Carla Suárez Navarro on Tuesday.

The fourth seed needed 82 minutes to down her Spanish opponent and set up a clash with the winner of Tuesday’s second quarter-final between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

The first set on Rod Laver Arena was blink-and-you-miss-it stuff as Radwanksa notched up three breaks of serve on her way to securing the opener 6-1.

Radwanksa only hit for winners in the opening set, but with Suarez Navarro coughing up 18 unforced errors the Pole was not required to push her game.

The second set appeared on course to follow a similar trend when Radwanska broke in the opening game, but she then began to struggle to hold her own serve.

The 26-year-old’s first serve percentage dropped from 79 percent in the first set to just 56 percent in the first half of the second set, and with Suarez Navarro finding her range with her backhand – her biggest weapon – the result was four consecutive breaks of serve.

It was Radwanksa who managed to stop the bleeding, and she would hold on to serve out the second set 6-3, and with it book her spot in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

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