MELBOURNE, Australia - Former WTA World No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska was a game from defeat but showed tremendous grit to knock out Lesia Tsurenko, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Round of 32 at the Australian Open.
Radwanska reached a career zenith at the end of 2015 when she won the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, but injuries caused a string of disappointing results in 2017, leading her to fall out of the Top 20 for the first time in a nearly a decade.
Tsurenko, by contrast, enjoyed an impressive season that saw her reach a career-high ranking of No.29 and win her third career title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Hitting 36 winners in the match, the Ukrainian won four straight games in the second set to find herself within two points of victory on her own serve.
Radwanska battled back from there, outdoing Tsurenko for a six game stretch and never looking back, clinching the win after two hours and 17 minutes on Court 8.
Up next for the No.26 seed is either Hsieh Su-Wei, the former WTA doubles No.1 who stunned reigning Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets.
More to come...