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Wimbledon: Cibulkova facing fresh love match

By John Skilbeck

Published 05/07/2016

Big day: Dominika Cibulkova may have to postpone wedding plans
Big day: Dominika Cibulkova may have to postpone wedding plans

Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova is due to marry on Saturday but the bride-to-be may have pressing business at Wimbledon instead after reaching the quarter-finals, where she will face Elena Vesnina of Russia.

Fiance Miso Navara, with a hipster beard and tattooed arms, was prominent at courtside to see Cibulkova beat third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 5-7 9-7 in a three-hour thriller.

The 27-year-old from Bratislava stands just two wins away from the Saturday final.

Cibulkova and Navara are due to tie the knot on July 9, taking the calculated gamble she would not be in the final having never gone beyond the last eight.

She almost bowed out yesterday after failing to capitalise on a match point in the second set, but pulled through, tumbling down to the ground in tears after sealing her win.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber spent just an hour and four minutes on court as she secured a 6-3 6-1 win over Misaki Doi, the Japanese player who was playing in the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. Next for Kerber is Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep who beat American Madison Keys, seeded ninth.

Kerber, who won her maiden Grand Slam crown in Melbourne in January, has yet to drop a set in four matches and could leave Wimbledon as the world number one if she wins the title and Serena Williams fails to make the semi-finals.

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