Mirjana Lucic-Baroni put together a near-perfect performance to upset the No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of the Miami Open.
WTA Staff

MIAMI, FL, USA - Mirjana Lucic-Baroni put together a near-perfect performance to upset the No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round of the Miami Open.

She needed just over an hour to complete the comprehensive, 6-0, 6-3 victory and book a fourth-round battle with American wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

"It was a great match today, she's obviously a top player and has been for many years," Lucic-Baroni told WTA Insider after the match. "I know what I had to do when I walked into the court. It's always a matter of executing the plan, and I was able to do that great today.

"Today, I did a flawless job, a really beautiful performance. I'm proud of myself."

Radwanska came into the matchup with the Croat with a 2-1 lead in the pair's overall head-to-head record, but she hadn't won a set against her in almost a year. And in their most recent match, Lucic-Baroni sent Radwanska crashing out of the Australian Open in the second round on her way to a dream run to the semifinals.

Lucic-Baroni kept the trend going in Miami, taking less than 20 minutes to drop a bagel on Radwanska and snatch away the opening set. The Pole had little answers for Lucic-Baroni's barrage of winners; Radwanska finished the match with five winners and just a single unforced error, but Lucic-Baroni fired 38 winners past her and made only five unforced errors.

In the second set, Lucic-Baroni came away with the edge after weathering seven breaks of serve. She notched two vital holds of serve, keeping the vulnerable Radwanska serve under pressure throughout the match, ensuring that the Pole didn't hold serve once during the encounter.

"She was playing unbelievable tennis today," Radwanska told WTA Insider. "She was very solid from the beginning, very aggressive, hitting everything with unbelievable speed. I couldn't do much.

"The first set went so quickly, and in the second set I had chances, but I didn't come back and unfortunately I missed the chance to stay in the match. She was just too good today."