The Agnieszka Radwanska juggernaut ran over hapless Dominika Cibulkova on Friday, as the Pole won the ATP/WTA Sydney International to take her unbeaten streak this year to nine ahead of the Australian Open.
The top seed crushed Cibulkova 6-0, 6-0 in just over an hour for back-to-back tournament victories, making the perfect preparation for the year-opening Grand Slam, which starts in Melbourne on Monday.
It was the world No. 4’s 12th career singles title and she has yet to drop a set this year.
“I'm extremely happy that I’ve won two titles in a row and not even losing one set. It's really been amazing two weeks,” Radwanska said.
It was the shortest Sydney women’s final by games since Gabriela Sabatini’s 6-1, 6-1 win over Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1992.
Tomic in first final
Australian youngster Bernard Tomic will emulate Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer if he can win his first ATP Tour title after reaching the men’s final. He reached his first final with a 7-6(10), 6-4 win over Italian third seed Andreas Seppi in sweltering heat to set up a decider against South African Kevin Anderson on Saturday.
Earlier, Anderson fought off two match points to deny Frenchman Julien Benneteau victory and become the first South African to make the Sydney final. The 36th-ranked Anderson won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) in two hours 23 minutes.
Ferrer to meet Kohlschreiber
Defending champion David Ferrer cruised into the final of the ATP Auckland tournament against an injured Gael Monfils on Friday, setting up a decider against in-form Philipp Kohlschreiber.
The Spanish top seed defeated Monfils 6-1, 6-2 after the Frenchman, making a comeback after a knee injury that marred his 2012 season, suffered a hamstring strain in the semi-final of the warm-up for next week's Australian Open.
Ferrer will meet Kohlschreiber in the final after the German second seed downed American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), giving the world number five the chance to equal Australian Roy Emerson's record of four Auckland titles.
del Potro in final
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro crushed Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1 to reach the final of the Kooyong Classic Friday, where he will face home favourite Lleyton Hewitt.
The results: At Sydney: ATP/WTA International: Men: Semifinals: Kevin Anderson bt Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8); Bernard Tomic bt Andreas Seppi 7-6(10), 6-4.
Women: Final: Agnieszka Radwanska bt Dominika Cibulkova 6-0, 6-0.
At Auckland: ATP Heineken Open: Semifinals: David Ferrer bt Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-2; Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6(2).
At Melbourne: ATP Kooyong Classic: Promotion round: Juan Martin del Potro bt Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1.
At Hobart: WTA International: Semifinals: Elena Vesnina bt Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-2; Mona Barthel bt Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-4.
Keywords: Sydney International tennis championship