Radwanska fights back for Aussie Open win

Last updated 16:27 16/01/2013

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Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska was forced to fight back in both sets before moving through her second-round clash with Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu at the Australian Open today.

Radwanska, who is unbeaten this year after tournament wins in Auckland and Sydney, eventually won 6-3 6-3 in 86 minutes.

Begu surprised the Polish player by breaking serve in the first  game then fighting her way back into the match after Radwanska was  serving for the first set at 5-1.

The Romanian also produced a comeback in the second set as  Radwanska let go of a number of chances.

''I'm very happy to be playing my best tennis at the start of  the year,'' Radwanska said.

''It's always great to win in two sets.''

Li Na has advanced to the third round of the Open for the fourth consecutive year with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

The 2011 French Open champion is trying to add a second Grand Slam title, and the Australian Open appears to be her best chance. She advanced to the 2010 semifinals, the 2011 final - losing to Kim Clijsters - and the fourth round here last year.

Li faced two set points at 5-3 in the ninth game of the second set, but came back to level the set at 5-5 before breaking Govorsova's serve to clinch the match. Li converted five of her six breakpoint chances, while Govortsova was just 2 for 10.

Dominika Cibulkova is out of the tournament after a shock loss.

The Czech star went down in straight sets in the second round - losing 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to little-known Russian Valeria Savinykh.

However, fifth seed  Angelique Kerber fared better, moving easily into the third round.

Kerber disposed of Czech Lucie Hradecka, the German winning 6-3  6-1.Kerber has had her best year by far on tour, winning titles in  Paris and Copenhagen and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals and the  French Open quarter-finals.

She will play the winner of the clash between American Madison  Keys and 30th-seed Austrian Tamira Paszek for a fourth-round berth.

Despite her rise up the rankings, she was cagey about her  prospects, although strongly hinted she expected to move deep into  the tournament.

''I just look from round to round,'' Kerber said. ''I think the  second week will be a good thing but, I mean, it's the first grand  slam and every player plays very well.

''I will just give my best, and we will see how far we will go.''

Kerber said she was prepared for a hard match and, with a hotter  day, was happy not to encounter a lot of resistance.

''It was very hot today and she's a tough opponent - you need to  be ready for the whole match, because she's playing the ball very  hard and deep in the court,'' Kerber said.

''So I was just trying to move very good and just play my game.  I'm happy that I won the match in two sets.

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