Australian Open

Radwanska: I can play better

Straight-set win is 11th victory this month

The Associated PressJanuary 16, 2013 

Australian Open Tennis

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska returns the ball to Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

GREG BAKER — AP

  • Today’s scores MEN’S SECOND ROUND Nicolas Almagro (10), Spain, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Sam Querrey (20), United States, def. Brian Baker, United States, 6-7 (2), 1-1, retired. Kei Nishikori (16), Japan, def. Carlos Berlocq, Argentina, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1. Tomas Berdych (5), Czech Republic, def. Guillaume Rufin, France, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. WOMEN’S SECOND ROUND Agnieszka Radwanska (4), Poland, def. Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-3, 6-3. Angelique Kerber (5), Germany, def. Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, def. Klara Zakopalova (23), Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-0. Valeria Savinykh, Russia, def. Dominika Cibulkova (15), Slovakia, 7-6 (6), 6-4. Julia Goerges (18), Germany, def. Romina Oprandi, Switzerland, 6-3, 6-2. Li Na (6), China, def. Olga Govortsova, Belarus, 6-2, 7-5. Madison Keys, United States, def. Tamira Paszek (30), Austria, 6-2, 6-1.

— Agnieszka Radwanska extended the best winning streak of the year to 11 matches as she rolled into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu today.

The No. 4-ranked Radwanska won leadup tournaments this month at Auckland and Sydney and is unbeaten this year.

“I can play even better,” said Radwanska, who lost the Wimbledon final to Serena Williams last year. “I didn’t really expect I could win that many matches in a row, and hopefully I can keep going.”

Her past two trips to the Australian Open have ended in quarterfinal losses to the eventual champion — Kim Clijsters in 2011 and Victoria Azarenka last year.

With top-ranked Azarenka and Williams on the other half of the draw, Radwanska’s main obstacles to reaching the final are 2011 French Open champion Li Na, who beat Olga Goortsova of Belarus 6-2, 7-5 to reach the third round, and potential semifinal rivals Maria Sharapova or No. 5 Angelique Kerber of Germany.

Kerber advanced today with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Lucie Hradecka and No. 2-ranked Sharapova, the reigning French Open champion, was scheduled to play later today against Japan’s Misaki Doi.

Williams hurt her ankle in her opening victory Tuesday, causing speculation that her bid for a third consecutive major title Open could be in jeorpardy. She has lost one match since her first-round exit at the French Open last year.

In early women’s second-round matches today, No. 18 Julia Gorges beat Romina Oprandi 6-3, 6-2; Russian qualifier Valeria Savinykh upset No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (6), 6-4; and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium ousted No. 23 Klara Zakopalova 6-1, 6-0.

On the men’s side, 10th-seeded Nicolas Almagro was first through to the third round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver; No. 16-ranked Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1; and No. 20 Sam Querrey advanced when fellow American Brian Baker retired in the second set with what appeared to be a right knee injury.

Baker, who returned to the tour last year after almost six seasons out with a variety of injuries, won a first-set tiebreaker and was even at 1-1 on serve in the second. He was later pushed from Court 6 in a wheelchair.

“Yeah, he’s the last person that deserves anything like that with his five or six surgeries already,” Querrey said. “He does everything right, treats his body great, just trying to come back, and then something like that happens, it’s just so unlucky.”

In a matchup of two major winners, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova defeated 2010 French Open titlist Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

And 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm upset 12th-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-2, 6-0 to set a record for being the oldest woman to win a singles match at the Australian Open.

“Some players’ mothers are younger than me,” she said, laughing.

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