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Australian Open 2014: Radwanska ends Victoria Azarenka's run in quarterfinal

Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Azarenka's 18-match winning streak at the Australian Open ended in an upset 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday to continue the flow of stars tumbling out of the
India TV News Desk January 22, 2014 9:55 IST
India TV News Desk
Melbourne, Australia: Victoria Azarenka's 18-match winning streak at the Australian Open ended in an upset 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday to continue the flow of stars tumbling out of the season's first major.


  
Fifth-seeded Radwanska ended her own streak of three consecutive quarterfinal defeats at the Australian Open with a stunning display of versatile shot-making that shocked and confused the big-hitting Azarenka.
   
The result means both defending champions were out in the quarterfinals -- Novak Djokovic in five sets to Stan Wawrinka the previous night.
   
Azarenka's defeat also followed the fourth-round exits of top-ranked Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and leaves 2011 French Open champion Li Na as the only major winner remaining in the women's draw.
   
Radwanska next plays No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova, who won the last eight games in a one-hour, 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal rout of No. 11-seeded Simona Halep.
   
Li will play 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the other semifinal.
   
Radwanska played drop shots and slices from the baseline, forcing Azarenka to come forward and then lobbing or passing her, and hit touch volleys with calm precision. She didn't fall into big-swinging rallies against the second-seeded Azarenka, either, continually mixing it up and saving the power for when she needed it.