Agnieszka Radwanska hails "best" last eight performance at Australian Open

Agnieszka Radwanska celebrates after winning a point against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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Agnieszka Radwanska says that her win over Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open was her best-ever last-eight performance.

Agnieszka Radwanska has labelled her victory over Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open the "best" quarter-final display of her career.

The 24-year-old booked her place in the semi-finals of the year's opening Grand Slam by knocking out the defending champion in a three-set clash that lasted exactly two hours at Rod Laver Arena.

"The best quarter-final for sure," Radwanska beamed in a courtside interview. "I have played a couple of quarter-finals before and I said to myself one day I need to take one step forward and make the semi-final and final. I'm so, so happy that I did it finally.

"It was always hard. I have lost so many times against her before and I knew she was a very great player, very consistent so I just knew that I had to play my best tennis.

"Play aggressive and go for every shot that I could. That was what I was trying to do and it worked today."

Radwanska will play 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova for a place in the final.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Romania's Simona Halep on day ten of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2014
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