After enjoying Dominika Cibulkova‘s spectacular battle with Agnieszka Radwanska in yesterday’s Wimbledon fourth-round action, I was so excited to see what the Slovak would do in the quarterfinals and whether she would indeed have to postpone her wedding scheduled for Saturday, but first-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Elena Vesnina, ranked 50th in the world, proved to be a tough nut to crack and the calm Russian practically cruised to victory.
The world No.18 Cibulkova was constantly hopping and motivating herself on the court, but peaceful and collected Vesnina, without even a touch of drama, marched to her biggest singles victory at a Grand Slam. The match started with Cibulkova’s serve and the Slovak was forced to save three break points in the eight-minute opening game, but nobody expected that it would turn out to be one of Cibulkova’s most successful games in the match and that Vesnina would comfortably move into the semifinals, without dropping serve even once. This encounter of Lacoste-sponsored players finished with the scoreline 6-2 6-2.
I guess Cibulkova had too much going on in her head, with all the still burning emotions from yesterday’s epic match and all the expectations that inevitably came with it. Today it was evident that she had a huge will to win, but her momentum never really hit off.
Vesnina, who got married last year in November, will face world No.1 and defending champion Serena Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals. The other semifinal will feature Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. (photo: Jimmie48)