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Radawanska in Dubai quarterfinals

World number four Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a misfiring serve to beat Kazakh teenager Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-3 in the second round of the Dubai women’s tennis championships on Wednesday.

The Pole, who received a first-round bye, lost three of her first four service games on an overcast centre court and she will need to improve if she is retain her Dubai title, with Petra Kvitova or Ana Ivanovic awaiting her in the next round.

‘For me, the first match is always a bit tricky,’ Radwanska told reporters. ‘I didn’t hit on the centre court here this year, and I was just practising outside - it was actually much faster. I was surprised - the ball is just not going anywhere and it was tough for me.’

Radwanska’s greater pedigree - she has 12 tour singles titles to her name, while Putintseva has never made it beyond the second round of a tournament - eventually told, and she won five of the last six games.

‘In the very important moments a bit of experience is always good to have,’ added Radwanska.

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki routed Chinese qualifier Jie Zheng 6-0, 6-1, while Nadia Petrova beatCarla Suarez 6-1, 6-0.
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