Sport Agnieszka Radwanska advances to Sydney International final

12:06  12 january  2017
12:06  12 january  2017 Source:   MSN

Konta crushes Radwanska to win Sydney title

  Konta crushes Radwanska to win Sydney title Britain's Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim her second career WTA title. The Sydney-born world number 10 reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open last year and will be a major threat again next week going by her form in this week's warm-up.The 25-year-old had lost both her previous meetings with 2013 champion Radwanska but simply brushed aside the world number three with a 82-minute display of aggression and power at the Olympic Tennis Centre.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a shot to Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard.

Agnieszka Radwanska is one win away from lifting her second Sydney International crown after crushing Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-2 in Thursday's semifinal. Andrey Kuznetsov, formerly the only player in the ATP's top 50 yet to feature in a semi, also advanced to the final four with a 2-6 6-4 6-1 win over fourth seed Pablo Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta capitulated, losing eight of the final nine games in a match that lasted one hour and 45 minutes.

Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia plays a shot to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain during their men's quarterfinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia plays a shot to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain during their men's quarterfinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard.

Radwanska, who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

Sydney-born Konta shaping up well for Open

  Sydney-born Konta shaping up well for Open Johanna Konta was unseeded when she reached the semi-finals of last year's Australian Open, now she returns a Sydney International winner and the world No.9.Sydney-born Brit Konta, who was beaten by eventual winner Angelique Kerber at Melbourne Park last year, also now boasts ninth spot on the WTA rankings.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

It was Radwanska's seventh consecutive win against the Czech, who toiled for 3 hours and 20 minutes to beat Caroline Wozniacki the previous day, than backed that up with a doubles match.

Radwanska has not lost her last six finals.

In men's play at Sydney, Gilles Muller beat second-seeded Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a shot to Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a shot to Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Troicki had been scheduled to face No. 5 Philipp Kohlschreiber in another quarterfinal Thursday, but the German withdrew with a back injury, handing third-seeded Troicki a walkover.

Radwanska v Konta in Sydney tennis final

  Radwanska v Konta in Sydney tennis final Agnieszka Radwanska has thrashed Barbora Strycova in their Sydney International semi-final 6-1 6-2, while Johanna Konta has belted Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-2.Radwanska on Friday night will face off against world No.9 Johanna Konta, just three months after easily toppling her in the decider of the China Open in Beijing.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova. It was Radwanska 's seventh consecutive win against the Czech, who toiled for 3 hours and 20 minutes to beat Caroline Wozniacki the previous day, than backed that up with a doubles match.

Cuevas saved six set points during the first set, including two in the tiebreaker. In the second set, Muller broke Cuevas' serve for a 4-3 lead.

Andrey Kuznetsov also advanced to the last four with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over fourth-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland waves after her win over Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland waves after her win over Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic during their women's semifinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

At the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, seventh-seeded Steve Johnson beat two-time champion and fellow American John Isner 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3).

Johnson gained a vital mini-break on the first point of the tiebreaker but Isner fired down three aces to stay in the contest, only for an unforced error at the net to give Johnson a 6-3 lead. Johnson took the match on his first match point with the help of a net cord.

Recharged Eugenie Bouchard sets up Sydney semi with Johanna Konta

  Recharged Eugenie Bouchard sets up Sydney semi with Johanna Konta Eugenie Bouchard reached her first semi-final in 10 months as she battled intense heat to down higher-ranked Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Sydney International on Wednesday. The former Wimbledon finalist wore down the 27th-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes to set up a semi-final with Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta.It will be the 49th-ranked Canadian's first WTA Tour semi-final since the Malaysian Open in March last year."It's a good step in the right direction. I know there is a long way to go to achieve what I want," Bouchard said.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

SYDNEY (AP) — Second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska defeated a tired Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday to advance to the Sydney International final against either Johanna Konta or Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska , who will be the third-seeded player at next week's Australian Open behind No. 1 Angelique Kerber and second-ranked Serena Williams, took just 75 minutes to beat Strycova.

''Last year I was here and my attitude wasn't the best, but you live and you learn, you come back and I'm glad I turned it around this year,'' said Johnson, who lost in the first round in 2016.

Eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis and unseeded Jaoa Sousa also advanced with straight-set victories. Sousa beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2 while Baghdatis defeated 2015 champion Jiri Vesely 6-2, 6-4.

Gilles Muller of Luxembourg plays a shot to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their men's quarterfinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) © (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft Gilles Muller of Luxembourg plays a shot to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during their men's quarterfinal singles match at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

''I've never met him before, but we've practiced a couple of times,'' Baghdatis said of Sousa. ''I know how he plays so I have to focus on what I have to do and try to improve some things, talk with my coach and see what to do.''

At the WTA's Hobart International, Elise Mertens had an upset 6-2, 7-5 quarterfinal win over top-seeded Kiki Bertens. Mertens will play Jana Fett, who beat Veronica Cepede Royg 6-1, 6-4, in the semifinals.

Lesia Tsurenko also advanced to the semis with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over American Shelby Rogers. Tsurenko will next play Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki or Romania's Monica Niculescu, who played their quarterfinal later Thursday.

Muller ends Troicki's Sydney reign to reach final .
Gilles Muller ended Viktor Troicki's 13-match unbeaten run at the Sydney International with a fighting 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) victory to reach the final on Friday. Muller, after two years coming up short in the semi-finals, went one better to advance to the Sydney final where he will face either Britain's Daniel Evans or Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.The win ended third seed Serb Troicki's unbeaten two-title run in Sydney."I think I served very well today," Muller said. "When I was 5-2 up and then on match point I just wanted it to be over. Viktor is a great fighter.

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