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Radwanska sends warning to Australian Open rivals

ESPN staff
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Agnieszka Radwanska swept to victory at the Apia International in Sydney to collect her second title of 2013 against Dominika Cibulkova, winning 6-0 6-0 in a ruthless display.

Cibulkova beat three top-10 players on her way to the final but Radwanska was in no mood to become the fourth.

The match lasted just over an hour and could well have ended even quicker had the Slovakian Cibulkova not saved five of the 11 break points against her.

Radwanska won her first tournament of the year in Auckland and, as the fourth seed for the upcoming Australian Open, she is confident of a strong grand-slam showing.

"It's been an amazing two weeks," Radwanska said. "I've won two titles and not lost a set. If I can play like that in Melbourne, I'll be very happy."

But the Polish player also had some comforting words for her 23-year-old opponent. She added: "That's tennis and these things happen. But I feel bad...because for sure she didn't deserve that result."

The final of the Hobart International will see Russian Elena Vesnina face defending champion Mona Barthel after the pair won their respective semi-finals in straight sets.

Vesnina, 26, upset the odds to beat eighth seed Sloane Stephens 6-2 6-2, while Barthel triumphed over Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-4.

''I can say this is my time,'' Vesnina said. ''I've played so many finals before and I've been a little bit unlucky in the past. I'm feeling like I'm at home here.''

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