Cibulkova ousts Radwanska to reach Wimbledon quarters
Dominika Cibulkova completed an astonishing three-set win over Agnieszka Radwanska, reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 success on Court Three.
Third seed Radwanska had saved three match points in overcoming Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh, who toiled with injury late in the second round of the match.
But she could not survive another epic contest against Cibulkova despite saving a match point at 5-4 behind in the second set.
Radwanska - the 2012 runner-up - had her own match point at 6-5 in the third set, but she could not complete what would have been an astonishing recovery from a set and a break down as 19th Cibulkova scrambled over the line with a forehand winner being set up by her own serve.
The Court Three applauded both women after a brutal three-hour contest, but it will be interesting to see what condition Dominika Cibulkova is in when she faces Ekaterina Makarova or Elena Vesnina for a place in the semi-finals.
German fourth seed Angelique Kerber aims to heed the lessons learned in winning her first grand slam in Melbourne in January as she cranks up her bid to add a second major title on the Wimbledon grass.
Superior court craft proved decisive for the Australian Open champion on Monday as she pressed the right buttons in motoring past Japanese pocket rocket Misaki Doi 6-3, 6-1 in a full-blooded fourth-round match.
“I was trying to play my game and was feeling that my tennis is getting better and better,” she told reporters.
Having ground out a straightsets win on Saturday against compatriot Carina Witthoeft in blustery conditions on the same Court Two, Kerber played with greater consistency and control yesterday.