Poland's Radwańska out of Australian Open

She made a memorable debut at the 1998 Australian Open at the age of 15.

Third seed and former semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the second round of the Australian Open by Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Thursday, becoming the highest seed to fall in the women's draw at Melbourne Park.

"I know I have a big, strong game and that I can hurt a lot of people". She won only one match in singles, but she and partner Martina Hingis captured the doubles title, an achievement she still finds fantastic looking back now. She stopped playing for several years and struggled financially.

However, she has dealt with those challenges in supreme fashion and has yet to drop a set after her 6-3 6-4 triumph over the Czech, who had saved nine match points in a first-round thriller against Yanina Wickmayer.

Agnieszka Radwanska fell to the upset big again in Melbourne, this time to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. She smacked 33 winners to just eight for Radwanska and wrapped up the match in 63 minutes by breaking the Pole for the sixth time. She won the next six games in a row to secure a stunning victory.

Lucic-Baroni next faces Maria Sakkari of Greece after she beat French 28th seed Alize Cornet. "I said to myself today on the court, don't worry, be happy". "As I'm getting older, it seems I'm getting better".

"I missed quite a few years on tour".

Williams could have hardly have asked for a tougher start to her campaign, having been pitted against two former top-10 players in Belinda Bencic and now Safarova.



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