4th Runner-Up Match of the Year: Wimbledon Fourth Round
In a match that lasted nearly three hours, Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in what was arguably the best Wimbledon fourth round match of 2016.
Cibulkova, who was seeded 19th, pulled a major upset after she beat 3rd-seed Radwanska 6-3, 5-7, 9-7.
The diminutive Cibulkova, who was up a set, served for the match at 5-4 in the second, but Radwanska wasn’t ready to pack her bags as she broke Cibulkova to level the set 5-5. Radwanska won the next two games to take the second set.
At 5-5 in the deciding third set, Cibulkova earned several break points but Radwanska fought them off. Up 6-5, Radwanska earned a match point but Cibulkova was able to hold.
After breaking Radwanska to go up 7-6, the 19th seed served for the match but the Pole broke back to level the set 7-7. Cibulkova broke again to go up 8-7, earning another opportunity to serve for the match.
This time Cibulkova was able to close out the match after a forehand winner.
Cibulkova, who was set to marry her now husband Miso Navara the following week, surprised herself by reaching the business end of the prestigious Grand Slam.
“I never saw myself as such a great grass court player, you know,” the 27-year-old said.
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