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Radwanska takes aim at Azarenka

24 February 2012 09:32

Agnieszka Radwanska has hit out at Victoria Azarenka, slamming the world number one's conduct in Doha last week.

The Belarusian beat Radwanska in the semi-finals of the Qatar Open in Doha last week.

The Polish world number six was furious with Azarenka, who limped around and winced between points but moved well during play to beat Radwanska in straight sets.

"Well, to be honest, I don't think this is worth a comment but I think after this match (in Doha) I just lost a lot of respect," Radwanska said.

"That's it, if you do this in the match, if anyone didn't see the match, I think if you take just a quick look on YouTube and you'll know what was going on."

Azarenka withdrew from this week's Dubai Open citing an ankle injury as the reason, but Radwanska did not stop criticising her close friend after Thursday's 6-2 6-1 quarter-final victory over Sabine Lisicki in Dubai.

"I was angry because I don't think this is a great image for the women's tennis, what was going on there, unfortunately," Radwanska said.

It is the second time in a month that the 22-year-old has criticised a fellow player.

After Radwanska was eliminated from the Australian Open at the quarter-final stage, she hit out at Maria Sharapova's constant shrieks on court.

"Of course everybody can make some noise. This is tennis," Radwanska said at the time.

"But I think it's just too loud. I don't think it's very necessary to scream that loud. So if they (the WTA) want to do something, why not?"

Radwanska can jump to number five in the world if she wins the Dubai Open this week.

She faces Serbian Jelena Jankovic in the last four on Friday.

The other semi-final pits Caroline Wozniacki against Julia Goerges.

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