Sydney - Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska was one win away from
her second Sydney International title after crushing fatigued Barbora Strycova
6-1 6-2 in the semi-finals on Thursday.
The 2013 champion and second seed was too clinical for the
19th-ranked Czech, who was showing the draining effects of the four hours 22
minutes on court in her Wednesday's singles and doubles matches.
Radwanska will face the winner of Thursday's evening match
between Britain's sixth seed Johanna Konta and Canada's rejuvenated Eugenie
Bouchard in Friday's semi-final.
"I think I'm playing better and better each
match," Radwanska said.
"I really like to play in Australia. I love the courts.
I feel very comfortable here and in Melbourne.
"I'm just very happy to make another final, especially
here when it's always very strong tournament."
Radwanska, who has reached two Australian Open finals, said
she was ready for next week's first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
"I've already had good matches. I can feel I'm playing
better and better. I'm hitting the ball better each match," she said.
"So I think that's the most important thing to have
match rhythm. So, yeah, I think I have had enough.
"And I'm just ready for tomorrow for my last match
Strycova has now lost seven straight matches against
Radwanska and didn't win a game on serve until the fifth game of the third set.
Radwanska dropped just three points on serve in the second
set, wrapping up the contest in an hour and 15 minutes.
Radwanska, who has been unbeaten in her past six finals
matches, has been in confident form this week with victories over American Christina
McHale and China's Duan Yingying.