LUXEMBOURG: Polish teenager Agnieszka Radwanska caused her second big shock in as many days when she stunned Russian top seed Elena Dementieva 7-5, 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Championship on Friday.
In the semi-finals, the teenager will play Italian fifth seed Francesca Schiavone, who outclassed third seed Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-1.
A day after ousting an injured Venus Williams, the 17-year-old Radwanska took advantage of seven double faults from Dementieva to reach her first WTA Tour semi-final.
Dementieva led by an early break but the 95th ranked Radwanska hit back, breaking in the 12th game to take the opening set.
The Pole raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set and though Dementieva broke back, Radwanska moved ahead again and clinched victory by breaking Dementieva for the seventh time in the match.
Radwanska admitted she was at a loss to explain her shock win.
“I don’t know what happened. (This win) surprised me,” Radwanska said.
“It’s a great feeling to beat a top player. I thought I could do it (after the first set) and I did. I think I played my best tennis.”
On a bad day for the Russians, fourth seed Dinara Safina was also shown the exit when she was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Czech Kveta Peschke.
Peschke will meet unheralded Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko in the last four after the 22-year-old ousted Nathalie Dechy of France 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. – Agencies