Agnieszka Radwanska has won eight consecutive matches in 2013. Picture: Matt King/Getty Images
Agnieszka Radwanska will be bidding for her ninth straight win in 2013 when she faces Dominika Cibulkova in the APIA International Final in Sydney on Friday night. Having won the final of the WTA event in Auckland last week, world number four Radwanska is in career best form and had little trouble dispatching of fourth seed Li Na 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals. The straight sets win not only took her 2013 record to 8-0, but also maintained her record of not dropping a set in the current campaign.
Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova has claimed several big scalps during her run to the final, with second seed Angelique Kerber her victim in the second semi-final. Having previously knocked two other top ten players out of the tournament in Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani, Cibulkova proved too good for her German opponent and won in three sets after starting the match with a heap of winners to win the opening stanza 6-2.
Radwanska holds a decisive 3-0 advantage in matches between the 23 year-olds, although they haven’t locked horns since 2008. The Polish star scored a hard fought three set win at Doha after being pushed to the limit by her opponent, but found things much easier when they met at the US Open in August of that year when she dropped just three games in their 3rd round showdown.
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