January 7, 2015 / 9:20 AM / 4 years ago

Radwanska, Murray continue winning run in Perth

(Reuters) - Agnieszka Radwanska and Andy Murray picked up morale-boosting victories in the Hopman Cup on Wednesday to keep their Australian Open preparations on track.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand shot to Heather Watson of Britain during their women's singles tennis match at the 2015 Hopman Cup in Perth, January 7, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

World number five Radwanska took just 65 minutes in scorching conditions in Perth to defeat Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3 6-1 and continue her winning run in the mixed-team event.

“I played much better than the first match, a couple of days here helped me out with the conditions and getting used to the court and balls,” said Radwanska, who had defeated Australian Casey Dellacqua 6-2 6-3 on Sunday.

“Over the last few days, the goal was to just survive the practice. It was really, really hot and I needed to get used to it, especially since it’s the first event of the season.”

Murray, ranked sixth in the world, also dismissed concerns about a shoulder niggle by thumping Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-2 6-4 to continue his build-up in his quest for a maiden Australian Open title.

The 27-year-old Scot, who had hurt his shoulder during his triumph in Abu Dhabi last week, started slowly to concede an early break but then won nine games in a row to establish his control on the match.

“I moved well and served good and got a lot of returns back and play so I was happy,” said Murray, who beat Frenchman Benoit Paire on Monday.

“My shoulder felt much better today. As I’m playing the matches, it’s starting to feel a little bit better.”

Radwanska and Janowicz then combined to win the deciding mixed doubles match against Murray and Watson to give Poland their second win in the eight-team tournament.

The Australian Open will be held in Melbourne from Jan. 19-Feb. 1.

Writing by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Greg Stutchbury

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