Cibulkova ousts Rad­wan­ska to reach Wim­ble­don quar­ters

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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.

Do­minik Cibulkova

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