Agnieszka Radwanska and Cibulkova reach Sydney semi-finals

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Quarter final matches got underway on Wednesday at the Apia International Sydney tournament in much cooler conditions than the past few days, but the better conditions did not help two of Italy’s players. First up on Ken Rosewall arena was Agnieszka Radwanska, the tournament’s top seed; and Roberta Vinci, ranked at 18. In a much tighter match than any of her matches leading up to this quarter final, took the first set with only one break of service, 6-4. The second set was even closer, but the Pole held strong to take it 7-5, to move into her second consecutive semi final of the 2013 season.

The tournament’s third seed Italian Sara Errani, then faced up against the Slovak pocket rocket Dominika Cibulkova, who ranked at 15 but is not seeded in this tournament. It took Cibulkova just an hour and thirteen minutes to demolish her opponent in straight sets, 6-2 6-1. The biggest determinant in this match was break point conversion, where the Slovak managed to covert thirteen out of fifteen, while Errani could only manage two out of fifteen. Cibulkova also had much better stats on first serve and managed to get through the match without any double faults, but although the numbers were better on the Italian’s side on second serve, she serve two double faults.

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