Australian Open: No. 3 Radwanska falls to former phenom Lucic-Baroni in Round 2
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, now 34, won an Australian Open match for the first time since 1998
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has beaten third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open, her best performance at the tournament in 19 years.
"It's amazing. Oh my God, it's been so long since I won a match or two. Well, this is the first time ever in Australia," she said. "As I'm getting older, it seems I'm getting better."
The 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni tends to play well against the top players at the Slams -- she has also beaten Simona Halep at the French Open and U.S. Open in recent years.
Lucic-Baroni won the 1998 Australian Open doubles title with Martina Hingis at the age of 15. She also made the 1999 Wimbledon singles semifinals before quitting the sport for several years.
"I was a little baby back then," she says of her early success. "Now, I can be maybe more relaxed. I said to myself today on the court, don't worry, be happy."
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