She’s been in the WTA top for years, but this season has been especially successful for the 2014 Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova and today she made yet another breakthrough – she beat world No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis, after saving three set points and grinding for more than two and a half hours. Now the Slovakian has ensured a rise from No.11 to a career-high ranking of No.10.
Only four of the first 18 games of the match were not breaks and of those four holds, three were Radwanska’s. The Pole’s advantage took her to a 6-3 5-4 lead and she even earned three match points at that stage of the match. However, Cibulkova didn’t give in and even neutralized Radwanska’s 5-2 lead in the tiebreak that followed, won the set and kept the momentum in the decider for a 3-6 7-6(5) 6-3 victory.
In a recent interview, Cibulkova said that her idea of happiness is her current life situation (she’s playing well, has a good boyfriend, happy family) and now that she’s made the semifinals of such a big tournament she must be even more happy. Aga also should’t despair, at least she can briefly forget about the loss by indulging in cheesecakes from her sponsor! (photo: Ralf Reinecke)