• Australian Open, Day Five

Watson felled by Radwanska

ESPN staff
January 18, 2013
Heather Watson hit the ball with authority but it was not enough © Getty Images

Heather Watson's fine run at the Australian Open came to an end at the hands of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska who eased to a 6-3 6-1 victory.

Watson showed superb battling qualities to reach the third round and although she fought hard, on this occasion she found her opponent far too strong.

The Pole has not tasted defeat in 2013 and that never looked like being changed - not even by a rain delay that saw the roof on the Hisense Arena closed - as she powered through to a meeting with Ana Ivanovic who beat fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic.

Watson made a bright start, winning the opening game and she had break points for a 3-1 lead. Radwanska, though, fought them off and immediately took a stranglehold on the contest by breaking to lead 3-2.

Radwanska's strength of shot, particularly on the forehand wing, was a key weapon and she broke again on her way to the first set.

The No. 4 seed called the trainer to attend to a finger problem and the contest was also halted by a rain delay, but neither aided Watson, who had already passed up a chance to break when missing with a smash, in any way.

Radwanska showed no signs of discomfort with her hand and after the players returned from the rain delay, she served out for the match in 84 minutes.

Radwanska will face Ivanovic for a place in the quarter-finals following her dominant 7-5 6-3 win over Jankovic.

Germany's No. 5 seed Angelique Kerber ended the run of Madison Keys, progressing 6-2 7-5, and she will meet Ekaterina Makarova who rallied from a set down to beat Marion Bartoli.

Li Na has made solid progress through the tournament and she upped things again to beat Sorana Cirstea in straights sets. Her reward is a meeting with Julia Goerges who ended the run of Jie Zheng.

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