No 1 seed enters final on back of long unbeaten run.
Agnieszka Radwanska takes on Dominika Cibulkova in the Sydney International final, with the top-seeded Pole the big favourite to take the trophy.
Radwanska goes into the match full of confidence on the back of an eight-game winning run, although she still needed seven match points to down former winner Li Na and reach the final, remaining unbeaten in the early weeks of the new season ahead of next week’s Australian Open Grand Slam.
Radwanska finally clinched a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 32 minutes over the Chinese star at the Ken Rosewall Arena.
Slovakia’s Cibulkova became the first unseeded player in six years to reach the Sydney final when she ousted German second seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the other semi.
Cibulkova, who could reach as high as number 13 ranking from her current 14 if she wins the Sydney final, has not played Radwanska for five years and trails 3-0 in their encounters.
“But now it’s a different story. It’s a final,” Cibulkova said.
“I haven’t played her for a long time and she’s a great player. She’s playing a lot with her head. She’s trying to use everything on the court.
“So let’s see if my game is going to be good enough tomorrow.”
Radwanska became the first top seed to reach the Sydney final since American Serena Williams three years ago.
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