Kuznetsova ousted by unseeded player from U.S. Open

08:34, September 07, 2010      

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Unseeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia secured a slot of U.S. Open quarterfinals by eliminating Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia at 7-5, 7-6(4).

The 11th-seeded Kuznetsova, struggling with injuries and inconsistent form, snatched an early break against Cibulkova. However, Vibulkova quickly broke back and when Kuznetsova double-faulted at break point in the 12th game, Cibulkova took the first set 7-5.

The second set followed a similar pattern with Kuznetsova taking an early break and a 3-1 lead before Cibulkova returned a break to put sets level.

"I would say it was a good match from my side. You know, I was just trying to be aggressive as I could, and Svetlana today, she lets me be more aggressive," said Cibulkova.

"When I started to be more passive, I let her play, I was losing the points. So I was just trying to step into the court and tried to move her more around the court."

Cibulkova had two match points while serving at 5-3, but squandered them with two unforced errors.

She then dominated the tie-breaker right from the start before winning it on her fourth match point and reaching a Grand Slam quarterfinal for just the second time after the 2009 French Open.

"I had tough time here, and I had some of the unlucky matches I lost and I didn't have a good run in this tournament in America," she said.

"So I was really pumped for this. I know my game and I know myself, so I knew I could make it.

"I could beat everybody in this tournament. I was just waiting for a moment and I'm happy it's here."

Talking about next round opponent, a winner between Maria Sharapova or Caroline Wozniacki, Cibulkova said: "I played both and I beat both players, so it's gonna be an open match. I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a great match."

Source: Xinhua


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