Radwanska escapes upset bug in Tokyo

Sept. 27, 2012 at 7:12 AM
| License Photo

TOKYO, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska picked up a win Thursday, avoiding the series of upsets during quarterfinals play of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Radwanska, the No. 3 seed this week, defeated 10th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3. Radwanska dropped serve once in each set but had a total of five breaks in advancing to Friday's semifinals.

She was the only higher seed to make it out of Thursday's play. World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka didn't even make it to the court. She complained of dizziness before her scheduled match and retired, giving fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber a walkover win.

Eighth-seeded Samantha Stosur took a tight 6-4, 7-6 (12-10) decision over second-seeded Maria Sharapova. Stosur had beaten Sharapova just once in 11 career meetings but finished off both break-point chances she had in the first set. Both players had three breaks before the 22-point tiebreaker ended the match.

Nadia Petrova, the No. 17 seed, survived a 2 1/2-hour battle with sixth-seeded Sara Errani to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory. Petrova ended up with six breaks, including four in the final set.

Radwanska is to play Kerber in the semifinals. A win at Wimbledon gave Radwanska a 3-2 series lead over Kerber. Petrova had won five of her eight previous matches against Stosur. They have split two meetings in 2012.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback