Vesnina downs bride-to-be Cibulkova

2016-07-05 18:09
Elena Vesnina (AFP)

London - Elena Vesnina swept into her first Wimbledon semi-final on Tuesday as the unseeded Russian's 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dominika Cibulkova freed her Slovakian opponent to focus on her impending wedding.

Cibulkova is due to marry fianc Miso Navara in her hometown of Bratislava on Saturday -- the same day as the women's final -- and the 27-year-old was willing to postpone the ceremony if she won the quarter-final.

But world number 50 Vesnina took advantage of a distracted display from Cibulkova, who seemed torn between wedding bells and Wimbledon glory, to become the fifth unseeded woman to reach the All England Club semi-finals since the Grand Slams switched to 32 seeds in 2001.

Vesnina will play defending champion Serena Williams on Thursday for a place in the final, while 19th seed Cibulkova can dash back to Slovakia to prepare for her big day.

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