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Radwanska Wins Sydney, Tomic Makes Final

Agniezska Radwanska

Agniezska Radwanska

(January 11, 2013) World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska has won back-to-back titles to start 2013 by demolishing Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-0, 6-0 in the final of the Sydney International on Friday.

The victory  which gave her her 12 overall WTA title, has extended her winning streak to nine.

“I’m extremely happy that I won two titles in a row not even losing one set. It’s really been amazing two weeks,” Radwanska said.

“Wherever I go I always think I can win it. Melbourne is also that kind of tournament. Being top 10, top five already for a couple years, I think it means that I can also win a Grand Slam.”

“I would like to say there was an injury, but there wasn’t – I was feeling fine, ” said Cibulkova. “Actually I felt I could win every game I lost until 60 10. But when I lost that 1-0 game, I just completely broke down and stopped thinking about what I had to do out there. It wasn’t easy, because you want to play your best and you want to win.”

Next stop for Radwanska will be the Australian Open where she will take on Australian qualifier Bojana Bobusic in the opening round.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson defeated Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Friday to reach the final of the Sydney International.

Anderson will take on Australia’s Bernard Tomic for the title on Sunday.

Australian Bernard Tomic continued his run in Sydney with a 7-6 (10), 6-4 semifinal win over third seed Andreas Seppi to reach his first ATP World Tour final.

“I’ve been playing great tennis, and now I’m one match away to win the tournament and my first ever title,” said Tomic.

“It’s going to be a big match. You know, I’m grateful for this opportunity. I think I’ve got a good shot to win it.”

Tomic is the first Australian male to reach the Sydney final since Chris Guccione in 2008.

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
B Tomic (AUS) d [3] A Seppi (ITA) 76(10) 64
K Anderson (RSA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 36 64 76(8) – Saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 75 63
[4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 61 61

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 12 JANUARY, 2013

KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 4:30 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [4] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU)

Not Before 7:30 PM
K Anderson (RSA) vs B Tomic (AUS)

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