Aisle be back, says Wimbledon bribe-to-be

2016-07-04 22:22
Dominika Cibulkova (AFP)

London - Dominika Cibulkova insists she doesn't care about having to postpone her wedding if it means she has taken another step towards an unexpected Wimbledon final appearance.

Cibulkova is due to marry fianc Miso Navara in her hometown of Bratislava on Saturday.

But the confetti and wedding cake could be put on hold after the Slovakian 19th seed advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-3, 5-7, 9-7 victory over world number three Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday.

When the 27-year-old planned the wedding nine months ago, she considered her wretched record at Wimbledon, where she had lost by the third round seven times, as solid evidence she wouldn't still be involved on July 9 -- the day of the women's final.

But remarkably she has been in inspired form on grass over the last month, winning her first title on the surface at Eastbourne before sweeping into the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.

With little time before she is due to say her wedding vows, Cibulkova has decided the walk down the aisle will have to wait if she defeats Russian world number 50 Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals on Tuesday.

"If I win on Tuesday, then we will change it. We will postpone it because it will be a lot of rush," Cibulkova said.

"It was just when I was in an ice bath after the match, I said to my team, 'Okay, now it's getting more serious'.

"So I told them, If I win tomorrow, then we seriously have to deal with this.

"It's no problem. We chose this date because I never saw myself as such a great grass court player, you know.

"But I'm still here and I'm playing my match tomorrow.

"If I knew I would win Eastbourne and now, being in the quarter-finals, I would have changed my mind (about the date)."

Cibulkova says her friends and family would happily accommodate a change of plans if it means she has reached the second Grand Slam final of her career.

The 2014 Australian Open runner-up said: "They all know I'm here and playing.

"We just wanted to be the wedding in the summer and this was the only okay time to have it.

"It was funny, because last week I woke up and I had a dream it's already the wedding day," she said.

"Then I realised and I say 'no, I have to play a match today'. We are still at Wimbledon.

"But I always said, if we would really have to postpone it, then it will be like a dream come true because nothing better could happen to me in my tennis career.

"It's no problem to postpone a wedding one week. It will be even more enjoyable."

Cibulkova's fianc was cheering her on from the courtside seats as she saw off former Wimbledon finalist Radwanska in one of the most entertaining matches on the women's tour this year.

And Cibulkova insisted there was no chance her wedding postponement would bother her fianc.

"I don't think he said anything about it. I'm just really happy right now with my tennis and with my private life," she said.

"You know, you can see it on the court. We are still keeping this date. We'll see what's gonna happen."


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