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Poland downs Aussies, seals place in final

2 January 2014, by AAP

UPDATE: Poland is through to its first Hopman Cup final after beating Australia 2-1 on Thursday night.

Sam Stosur put up a dogged fight before succumbing to Poland’s world No.5 Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 6-4 6-3 at Perth Arena after Bernard Tomic recorded a 6-1 6-4 win over Grzegorz Panfil.

The Polish pair needed to win a set from the live mixed doubles to prevent Canada reaching Saturday’s final and they did so breaking Stosur’s serve to take the second set 7-5 on their way to a 1-6 7-5 [10-8] victory.

Radwanska needed an injury time out midway through the second set of the women’s singles to receive treatment on her heavily strapped right shoulder.

But the 24-year-old bounced back strongly, levelling the match at one set apiece before securing the win in 143 minutes.

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Stosur has lost all three of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup, but says the mixed-teams tournament was better for her preparation than the Brisbane International, where she made a first-round exit last year.

“Even though I’ve had three losses compared to one loss in Brisbane, I do feel better at this stage,” Stosur said.

“I would have loved to have won them all, or even one.

“But I’m getting that match play. I’m having some long matches, which is exactly what I need at this point in time.”

Tomic won two of his three singles matches at the Hopman Cup and felt he was well prepared to defend his Sydney International title.

“I’m happy with this confidence leaving for Sydney,” Tomic said.

“If I have the chance to start the tournament well there I think I can defend it.

“But there’s a lot of good players during Sydney, I’ve got to prepare well.”

“I’m ready for it.”

Radwanska said her shoulder injury was something she needed to manage.

“I’ve had issues with the shoulder for a long time now,” she said.

“It was a little bit sore and tight. But I was able to continue. It’s a tendon. I’m getting inflamed as well. When you keep going, it’s not helping the shoulder .But it’s ok.”