Tennis: Watson praises Radwanska the builder

Heather Watson hits a forehand return to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their third round match at the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Heather Watson hits a forehand return to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their third round match at the Australian Open. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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HEATHER Watson has praised Agnieszka Radwanska after the British No1 was beaten in the Australian Open.

With big-hitting all the rage in the women’s game, Radwanska’s old-fashioned style - which is not dissimilar to Watson’s - has taken her into the top four of the world.

Watson, who lost 6-3 6-1 in the third round, said: “It’s great that she’s got to the top playing such a different game.

“And it’s quite refreshing because lots of the girls just want to hit one or two shots, big serve, smack a return.

“It makes it more interesting to play and to watch somebody who builds a point and works a point.”

The Pole has now won all 12 of her matches in 2013 - a run which enabled her to claim the titles in Auckland and Sydney heading into the season’s opening major.

Britain’s hopes in the singles competitions now rest on Andy Murray and Laura Robson. Murray should progress into the last 16 in his match against Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania. Robson, who enjoyed an 11-9 final-set triumph over Petra Kvitova to reach the third round, is playing American Sloane Stephens.

Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Andre Sa were hoping to reach the last 16 as they took on Dutch pair Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the early hours this morning.

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