Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended the best winning streak of the tennis season to 11 matches as she rolled into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland extended the best winning streak of the tennis season to 11 matches as she rolled into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu on Tuesday.
The fourth-ranked Radwanska won lead-up tournaments this month at Auckland and Sydney and is unbeaten this year.
“I can play even better,” said Radwanska, who lost the Wimbledon final to American Serena Williams last year. “I didn’t really expect I could win that many matches in a row, and hopefully I can keep going.”
Radwanska’s last two trips to the Australian Open have ended in quarterfinal losses to the eventual champion — Kim Clijsters in 2011 and Victoria Azarenka last year.
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With top-ranked Azarenka and Williams on the other half of the draw, Radwanska’s main obstacles to reaching the final are 2011 French Open champion Li Na, who beat Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 7-5 to reach the third round, and potential semifinal rivals Maria Sharapova of Russia or Angelique Kerber of Germany.
No. 5 Kerber beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1.
Unseeded Zheng Jie of China beat No. 9 Samantha Stosur of Australia — the 2011 U.S. Open champion — 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Stosur, who double-faulted on the final point, has lost six of the last eight matches she has played in her home country.
On the men’s side, No. 20 Sam Querrey advanced when fellow American Brian Baker retired from match in the second set with a right-knee injury. The 27-year-old Baker, who returned to the Tour last year after almost six seasons out with a variety of injuries, won a first-set tiebreaker and was even at 1-1 on serve in the second.
“He’s the last person that deserves anything like that, with his five or six surgeries already,” Querrey said.