Cibulkova, who will postpone the wedding if she reaches the semi-finals, said she had started to think the wedding date would be a problem only after her win today.“It was just when I was in an ice bath after the match,” she said: “I said to my team: ‘OK, now it’s getting more serious.’ I told them: ‘If I win tomorrow, then we seriously have to deal with this’.” She added: “If we do have to postpone it, then it will be a dream come true, because nothing better could happen to me in my tennis career.Cibulkova is a much improved player on grass, as she proved by beating the No 3 seed and 2012 runner-up, Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 in a three-hour match full of stunning rallies and great athleticism from both players.Miso Navara, Cibulkova’s fiancé, was in the crowd to watch arguably the best match of the tournament so far as Cibulkova won a dramatic encounter on Court Three.She knocked out Eugenie Bouchard, the beaten 2014 finalist, in the third round.“We chose the wedding date because I never saw myself as such a great grass-court player,” Cibulkova said. And most importantly, we’ve worked a lot on mental exercises, which I feel has been helping me.” Cibulkova, who was runner-up at the Australian Open two years ago, needed every ounce of her physical, mental and emotional strength to beat Radwanska in a match of great drama and rapidly swaying fortunes.Kuznetsova broke serve to lead 5-4, only to drop her own serve in the following game.Williams had been complaining about the slippery surface after some light rain fell on the court and after discussions with Andrew Jarrett, the referee, the players went off for half an hour while the roof was closed.
Dominika Cibulkova was not kidding when she used to say that she did not consider herself to be a grass-court player.
And that is exactly what transpired, with Cibulkova winning a hard-fought match 6-3 7-6 (7/5) before Kerber eased passed Keys 6-3 6-3.
Halep had her left knee heavily strapped and was clearly in some discomfort but, knowing she needed a set to keep her hopes alive, she battled manfully to force a decider.
Vesnina reached the quarter-finals by beating her fellow Russian, Ekaterina Makarova, 5-7, 6-1, 9-7 in another marathon contest.
Venus Williams is through to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 after beating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6, 6-4.