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Wimbledon | Cibulkova barges her way into last eight

Wimbledon | Cibulkova barges her way into last eight

Dominika Cibulkova is on a mission and nothing is going to stop her. Her mission is to show the seeding Committee that they were wrong not to seed her by giving Serena Williams, ranked 181, preferential treatment over her.

And the diminutive Slovak has made her point by barging into the quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-1 demolition of Hsieh Su-wei in what many believed was an unsportsmanlike manner.

I really don't want to talk about it because I would get really upset and angry about that, because it was ridiculous what happened there. Dominika Cibulkova

Cibulkova refused to continue playing the match when one of her returns was called out in the 10th game and then immediately corrected before her Taipei opponent’s forehand landed back in play.

Hseih protested to umpire Juan Zhang on losing the point, setting off a 10-minute delay as both players pleaded their case with the umpire and supervisor.

“It’s my point,” Cibulkova declared, ignoring the fact she had stopped before Hseih’s shot legally landed in.

And she continued her argument for a full ten minutes before finally relenting but it immediately sparked off accusations that she had claimed a point she knew did not belong to her.

Commentator and former great Tracy Austin said: “She has zero case, it’s not her point.”

When later questioned about the dispute, she said: “I really don’t want to talk about it because I would get really upset and angry about that, because it was ridiculous what happened there. It never happened [before] to me in my career. Just a player is complaining. Sometimes I’m also complaining because I think it was a wrong call. But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision. It was really ridiculous for me. I think it was really bad decision from the supervisor and from the umpire.”

They did seem to change their minds, a reporter pointed out. “Yes, they changed their mind. The umpire told me she don’t remember what happened after the ball. Is it my fault you don’t remember if she hit the net or if she put it on my side? It doesn’t matter. The call was after when she played the ball. She made a decision. After she was complaining, they were talking in Chinese, whatever language, I don’t know. It was all wrong I think. It really messed with me for two balls, then I tried to just calm down, to play my game.”

The Slovakian will next play 12th seed Jelena Ostapenko after the Latvian overcame a sluggish start to eliminate Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 (4) 6-0.

Italian Camila Giorgi swept into the last eight with a 6-3 6-4 success over giant-killing Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


  1. Gill Hooley

    Just as long as the elephant doesn’t win.

  2. Patricia Kelly

    The point wasent hers watched the match and the replays that were shown it was right and fair to replay the point

  3. Susan Payne

    Ladies singles is very very odd this year, for want of a better word!


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