MELBOURNE, Australia —
Fifth-seeded Radwanska ended her own streak of three consecutive quarterfinal defeats at Melbourne with a stunning display of versatile shot-making that shocked and confused the big-hitting Azarenka.
The result means both defending champions and No. 2 seeds were out in the quarterfinals —
Azarenka's defeat followed the fourth-round exits of top-ranked
Radwanska faces No. 20
Radwanska played drop shots and slices from the baseline, forcing Azarenka to come forward and then lobbing or passing her. She hit touch volleys with calm precision, instinctively anticipated Azarenka's shots and avoided big-swinging rallies, continually mixing it up and saving the power for when she needed it.
"She was aggressive. She was making everything. She was guessing right," Azarenka said. "I was just playing a little bit too predictably."
The previous night, Djokovic's bid for a fourth consecutive Australian title ended in a dramatic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 quarterfinal loss to Wawrinka, who had lost 14 previous matches to the Serbian. The eighth-seeded Swiss will face No. 7
A year ago Djokovic held off Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set in a 5-hour 2-minute fourth-rounder en route to his third straight Australian title. He also edged Wawrinka in five sets in a