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Radwanska eases past Ivanovic at Open
Sam Lienert
21:45 AEST Sun Jan 20 2013

Agnieszka Radwanska lists her favourite actress as Nicole Kidman.

Judging by the way she plays her tennis, the Australian Open fourth seed's favourite Kidman movie is more likely to be "Dead Calm" than "Days of Thunder".

There were few dazzling shots or big hits but even fewer errors as the calm, consistent Polish baseliner made Serbian star Ana Ivanovic her latest straight sets victim in what has already been an extraordinary year.

Radwanska won 6-2 6-4 in just 70 minutes on Sunday night to move into her third straight Australian Open quarter-final, against China's Li Na.

It was her 13th straight win in succession this year, a run that has already netted titles in Auckland and Sydney.

She hit just 14 winners to Ivanovic's 35, but made a remarkably low four unforced errors compared to the Serb's 34.

After Radwanska cruised through the first set in just 27 minutes, Ivanovic, a former world No.1 and Australian Open finalist, tried to increase the tempo in the second, charging to the net more often.

It worked to an extent, making the match much more of a contest.

But Radwanska's consistent placement and clever lobs still eventually wore down the crowd favourite, in what was the Pole's fifth straight win over Ivanovic.

The in-form Radwanska fell at the quarter-final stage in the past two years and has never been further in Melbourne.

But she will like her chances against Li, who she beat comfortably in the semi-finals of the Sydney International.

Radwanska said the experience of making her first grand slam final at Wimbledon last year would help as she aimed to take her winning streak all the way to her maiden major title.

"Already 13 matches (this year) not even losing a set. I hope I can keep going three more," she said.

"It's just great feeling I can really play my best tennis from the beginning of the year. It's been a great three weeks so far."

Ivanovic said Radwanska was a frustrating opponent and it was disappointing to exit before the quarter-final stage when she had felt she was playing well enough to go further.

"That's what still drives me to play and compete," Ivanovic said.

"I want to compete for big titles in big tournaments because I feel my game is still there."


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