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Radwanska cruises to win Sydney title

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Latest Tennis News | Saturday January 12 2013 11:19

Radwanska cruises to win Sydney title


No woman will head into the Australian Open in better form than Agnieszka Radwanska.

At least on paper, after the Polish world No.4 collected her second straight WTA title in devastating style at the Sydney International.

A week after winning the title in Auckland, Radwanska lived up to her billing as top seed in Sydney with a 6-0 6-0 demolition of Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in Friday night's final.

It was a performance certain to put the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on notice just two days out from the Open.

And it completed a remarkable preparation for the 23-year-old, whose dream start to 2013 has included two titles and nine straight wins without a set dropped.

"It's been an amazing two weeks," Radwanska said.

While world No.15 Cibulkova had proved somewhat of a giant-killer in a surprise run to the final, she proved no match for Radwanska in a ruthless display.

"I didn't expect that (score) at all," a sympathetic Radwanska said.

"She's also a top player I saw her play the whole week, she really had some great wins.

"But this is tennis, this is sport, sometimes things happen like that.

"Of course I feel bad, it was the final and it's always supposed to be a tight, long match.

"She didn't deserve that score, definitely not."

It was Radwanska's 12th career title and a breakthrough grand slam is now firmly in her sights after finishing runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon last year.

"Now wherever I go I always believe that I can win it and I think Melbourne is also that kind of tournament," said Radwanska, who faces Australian qualifier Bojana Bobusic in the opening round.

"I think being top 10, top five already for a couple of years, I think it means that I can also win a grand slam."

While the first set was more competitive than the score suggested, Radwanska constantly frustrated Cibulkova, countering the Slovakian's aggression and power with patience and precision.

The second set seemingly couldn't end soon enough for Cibulkova, with Radwanska racing to victory in just under an hour in the most one-sided women's final in the tournament's history.

Cibulkova was visibly gutted late in the match and apologised for her performance during the on-court presentation.

But she will still take plenty of encouragement from her performance this week after beating second-seeded Angelique Kerber, third seed Sara Errani and 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova en-route to the final.

Photo: Getty Images

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