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Polish Tennis Players Successful Down Under
January 30, 2008   
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Two Polish tennis players, Agnieszka Radwańska and Marta Domachowska, did well in the Australian Open in January, one of the world's four most important tennis tournaments.

Radwańska, aged 19, managed to get as far as the quarterfinals, marking her first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam tournament. She did so after stunning two top-level Russian players: second-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-4, and 14th-seeded Nadezhda Petrova, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0. In the quarterfinal match, the 29th-seeded Radwańska lost to the tournament's No. 9, Slovak player Daniela Hantuchova, 2-6, 2-6.

Radwańska's performance matches the previous best achievement in Polish tennis by Jadwiga Jędrzejowska, who in 1938 was the only woman before Radwańska to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. In the mid-1970s and early '80s, the greatest achievements of Polish tennis were all due to Wojciech Fibak, who managed to reach Grand Slam quarterfinals three times, and also played once in a Masters tournament, advancing to the final.

Domachowska, 22, who, due to her low place on the ranking list, had to take part in qualifiers-in which she defeated three opponents-won her first three matches in the main tournament, but lost in the fourth round to No. 8 Venus Williams of the United States, 4-6, 4-6.
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