Cibulkova reaches Miami semis, cracks world top 10

Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:04pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova fought of three match points to claim a 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 upset win over third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at a windswept Crandon Park on Wednesday to reach the Sony Open semis.

With both players struggling in cool, blustery conditions, the 10th seeded Cibulkova reached the final four for the first time in eight visits to Miami despite being broken 10 times, committing 51 unforced errors and eight double faults.

The match was certainly not of the same quality the pair showed in their Australian Open semi-final earlier this year, as Cibulkova waited until the fourth game of the second set before managing to hold serve for the first time.

"I have to say I'm really glad, especially about my win today," said Cibulkova, who will move into the top 10 of the world rankings for the first time with the win.

"It wasn't easy at all to play today against Aga with the wind and conditions and I had to stay aggressive all the time even if I missed many shots."

With the wind whipping and swirling around center court, the game opened with five consecutive breaks before Radwanska held serve to grab a 4-2 lead.

But the set would end the way it began with three more breaks and Radwanska taking a 1-0 lead.

The slew of breaks extended into the second set with three more breaks before Cibulkova held serve for the first time.   Continued...

Mar 26, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after her match against Agnieszka Radwanska (not pictured) on day ten of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center. Cibulkova won 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports