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Tennis: Radwanska knocks champ Azarenka out of Australian Open

Published on Jan 22, 2014 12:17 PM

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka was bundled out of the Australian Open in the quarter-finals on Wednesday by fifth seed Agnieszka Radwansa in another big tournament upset.

The determined Pole battled to a 6-1, 5-7, 6-0 win to send the Belarusian packing with the top three seeds now out of the Grand Slam following the defeats of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

It was a major scalp for Radwanska, who had lost all seven previous meetings with the Belarusian, and now goes into a semi-final with Slovak 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.

The win also ensures the tournament will have a new champion with none of the semi-finalists - Radwanska, Cibulkova, Li Na and Eugenie Bouchard - having won before.

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