World No.21 Dominika Cibulkova spectacularly won two big matches in one day to reach her fourth final of 2016 at the Premier-level Aegon International Eastbourne.
The Slovak’s first challenge this Friday was to victoriously finish her rain-delayed Thursday’s quarterfinal against top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who was in complete control of the match by the moment weather conditions stopped play. Being a set and a break down when the match resumed today, Cibulkova started turning things around right away, breaking Radwanska’s serve and resisting the Pole’s fightback to win the match 4-6 7-6(2) 6-3.
Shortly afterwards, Cibulkova returned to the grasscourts to face Monica Puig for a spot in the title match. Even though Puig was well-rested, as opposed to Cibulkova, it was Cibulkova who started off way stronger and held on to that surge to comfortably beat Puig 6-2 6-1. Puig didn’t win a single game from 2-2 in the first set until 3-0 in the second set. Moreover, the Puerto Rican earned her first break point at 5-1 in the second set, but didn’t convert it and Cibulkova celebrated a quick victory.
Next up for the Slovak will be either Eastbourne’s local Johanna Konta or Karolina Pliskova. (photos: Jimmie48)