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- Wawrinka overpowers Raonic to reach semi-finals
- Stosur faces Petkovic in opening Fed Cup match
- Fed Cup schedule
- Aussies, Germany bid to end decades of Fed Cup pain
- Britain's Robson out of Wimbledon and French Open
- Nadal, Djokovic, Federer cruise in Monte Carlo
- Cibulkova romps into quarters in Malaysia
- Nadal earns 300th clay win, Federer strolls
- Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
- Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
- Tennis:Grand Slam winning trio ease into Masters third round
- Cibulkova home and dry in rain-soaked Malaysia
- Impending birth could see Federer miss French Open
- Nadal, Federer rush to victories in Monte Carlo
- Federer delivers crushing victory over Stepanek
- Djokovic thumps Montanes in Monte Carlo
- Pliskova, Zhang win in Malaysian Open first round
- ATP Monte Carlo Masters results - 3rd update
- Pliskova cruises through Malaysian Open first round
- Djokovic dominates in winning Monte Carlo start
- Malaysian Open results - Day 2
- Tsonga progresses in Monte Carlo at third attempt
- French Open prize money up by over 10 percent
- Rain interrupts Malaysian Open first round
- Fognini dices with defeat but survives in Monte Carlo
- Verdasco wins all-Spanish Houston final
- Garcia opens WTA account in Bogota
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Radwanska defends 'beautiful' naked photo-shoot
Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday defended her controversial nude photo-shoot which saw her dropped by a Catholic youth movement, claiming the pictures were in good taste.
Radwanska, 24, who makes no secret of her strong Catholic faith, was photographed in the "Body Issue" of ESPN Magazine in profile without a stitch, sitting in a lawn chair by a pool filled with tennis balls.
While not explicit, the nude proved too much for a Catholic group known as Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), which runs a campaign dubbed "I'm not ashamed of Jesus".
The young Catholics, who claim more than a million followers, dropped Radwanska last week for what they said was "immoral behaviour" in the ESPN spread, which can be seen at espn.go.com/espn/bodyissue.
But world number four Radwanska insisted the pictures were a celebration of the "beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world".
"My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past," Radwanska wrote on a statement published on her Facebook page.
"The pictures are certainly not meant to cause offense and to brand them as immoral clearly does not take into account the context of the magazine.
"Moreover, they do not contain any explicit imagery whatsoever. I train extremely hard to keep my body in shape and that's what the article and the magazine is all about.
"It has been suggested by some members of the press (among others) that I was paid for the photo shoot. This is absolutely not the case. Neither I nor any of the other athletes were paid.
"I agreed to participate to help encourage young people, and especially girls, to exercise, stay in shape and be healthy."
This year's beaten Wimbledon semi-finalist previously appeared in a television commercial sponsored by the group in which she spelled out the word "Jesus" with tennis balls and urged young Poles not to be ashamed of their faith.
Other athletes in the buff in the special issue include Puerto Rican motocross champ Tarah Gieger and nine-time major golf champion Gary Player, the oldest model at 77.
Home to the former pope, John Paul II, Poland remains one of Europe's most devout nations. More than 90 percent of the population declares itself Roman Catholic. dj/cw