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Tennis stars sweat it out in Sydney 'sauna'

Published on Jan 8, 2013 12:17 PM
 
A spectator holds an umbrella as Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki (left) hits a shot during her first round match against Poland's Urszula Radwanska (right) at the Sydney International tennis tournament on Jan 6, 2013. Radwanska said it was "too hot to play tennis" and China's Li Na said it was like a sauna as the Sydney International was hit by a searing heatwave on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SYDNEY (AFP) - World number four Agnieszka Radwanska said it was "too hot to play tennis" and China's Li Na said it was like a sauna as the Sydney International was hit by a searing heatwave on Tuesday.

Poland's Radwanska, who reached last year's Wimbledon final, battled fearsome temperatures topping 40 deg C at the Olympic Park complex to brush past Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 6-3.

While Radwanska reached the last eight, the major talking point was not the standard of play but the blistering heat ahead of next week's first Grand Slam event of the year at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

"I think this is too hot to play tennis," said Radwanska. "Even for players, for ball kids, for the people sitting out there, I think it's just too hot.

 
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