The big story: Radwanska stunned by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in straight sets
In a major upset at the Australian Open, Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni defeated third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2 in a second round encounter on Thursday.
The 34-year-old Croat attacked Radwanska from the start, taking the break in the fourth game of the first set. She rode on the advantage to take the set.
World No 3 Radwanska broke in the first game of the second set to make a comeback into the match, Lucic-Baroni would not lose another game from then on. She won the next six games in a row to secure a stunning victory.
Lucic-Baroni had last progressed beyond the Australian Open first round in 1998. By contrast, this is Radwanska’s earliest exit at the Australian Open since 2009.
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