Dominika Cibulkova was determined, precise and in control during most of the match against world No.1 Victoria Azarenka, to eventually oust the top seed 6-2 7-6(4).
In both sets Cibulkova outplayed Azarenka and in both sets the Slovakian got to lead 4-2, only that in the first set she quickly capitalized on the lead and broke Azarenka’s serve once again in the tenth game to take the set, while in the second set Cibulkova let the lead slip away, from 4-2 to 4-5 and allowed Azarenka to come in the position to serve to level the match . However, the 15th-seeded Cibulkova saw nothing but the victory and continued to humble and frustrate Azarenka by breaking her for 6-6 and then finishing the job in the tiebreak on the second match point. The ratio of winners to unforced errors speaks for itself: Azarenka’s was 19-25 (i.e. -6), Cibulkova’s was 28-20 (i.e. +8).
The 2009 Roland Garros semifinalist proved that she’s a mighty force at this year’s claycourt Grand Slam. Her quarterfinal opponent will be either 2010 Roland Garros runner-up Samantha Stosur or young gun Sloane Stephens. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)