Agnieszka Radwanska will be up against Dominika Cibulkova on Friday in the final of the 2013 Sydney International.
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Agnieszka Radwanska overturned a three-match losing streak against Na Li on Thursday to book her place in the final of the WTA Sydney Open. Both players were unbeaten heading into the tie and the Pole is now seeking her second WTA title of the season.
“It was kind of like déjà vu from the Auckland final - there I think I also had seven or eight match points before I won,” said Radwanska after securing her 6-3, 6-4 victory. “My nerves were good, though. I had lost a couple of times against her last year, so I just went on the court pretty relaxed. The wind was a little bit difficult, especially in the first set - a lot of framing. But the second set went much better.”
Aga’s opponent in the final will be world No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova. The Slovakian beat Angelique Kerber 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the final four and appears to be in top form. She also beat Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani in the earlier stages.
“My strategy today was just to play aggressive as I can but not to go crazy for it,” remarked Cibulkova after beating Kerber. “I was using my legs a lot today and moving very good on the court to make her to make a lot of winners. This is my first time playing such good tennis before the Australian Open, so it really gives you a lot of the confidence.”
Heading into the final Radwanska has a 3-0 record against Cibulkova. That said, the two players haven’t met competitively since 2008. They’ve both played some superb tennis this week, making it hard to pick a favourite for Friday’s final.