Cool Radwanska reaches semifinals

London - Agnieszka Radwanska held her nerve during three rain breaks and a mid-match court switch to outlast her former doubles partner Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 and reach the Wimbledon semifinals for the first time on Tuesday.

The third seed had been the only top-10 woman not to reach the last four of a major but she corrected that anomaly by resisting a determined second-set fightback from Kirilenko in a stop-start match in which fortunes wildly fluctuated.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates after defeating Maria Kirilenko of Russia in their women's quarterfinal match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. Credit: Reuters

The players appeared to be done for the day at 4-4 in the third set when the heavens opened again over Court One, with the umpire announcing: “Play is suspended for the evening and will resume tomorrow.”

However, just under two hours later the duo took everyone by surprise when they re-emerged under Centre Court's covered roof.

The 23-year-old Radwanska needed just 15 minutes under floodlights to finish off Kirilenko and become the first Pole to reach a grand slam semifinal since tennis turned professional in 1968.

Radwanska will face eighth seed Angelique Kerber in the semifinals. - Reuters

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