1
1
1

Venus & Cibulkova To Square Off

Venus Williams and Dominika Cibulkova outlasted a pair of tireless opponents to set up a tantalizing fourth round clash at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami.

Published March 23, 2014 12:14

MIAMI, FL, USA - Venus Williams battled it out against a very in-form opponent on Sunday afternoon, edging Casey Dellacqua in a two-hour, 18-minute grinder to reach the Sony Open Tennis 16s.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Miami right here on wtatennis.com!

Dellacqua came into the match on some very impressive numbers - she had won 23 of her last 27 matches and risen from outside the Top 100 all the way to No.56 on the latest rankings, on the verge of making the Top 50 for the first time in more than five years. Needless to say, she was dangerous.

And for most of the match it was a toss-up - Williams won the first set, Dellacqua snuck out the second set, and after Williams went up 4-2 in the third, Dellacqua caught up to 4-4. But the No.29-seeded American made one last push to edge the Australian wildcard right at the finish line, 64 57 64.

Awaiting Williams in the next round is No.10 seed Dominika Cibulkova, who was on court almost as long - two hours and 12 minutes - and beat No.22 seed Alizé Cornet in a tight two-setter, 76(6) 64. The first set could have gone either way - Cornet led 5-2 and would eventually miss five set points.

Cibulkova and Williams are tied in their head-to-head, 1-1. They haven't met in almost four years.

"I think since the last time we played I'm a different player, a more experienced player," Cibulkova said. "Right now I'm feeling very cool and confident on the court, and I'm playing well. But she's playing well too - she just won Dubai - and she feels at home here in Miami. It will definitely be a tough one."

"I don't even know the last time I played her, but I know every time she plays Serena she competes so well," Williams said of Cibulkova. "I think they played here last year in the semifinals. I was watching that match. It may have been a three-setter - I just remember the match was really, really tough."

Also setting up a fourth round clash were No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki and Varvara Lepchenko. Lepchenko was the first to advance, edging Ajla Tomljanovic in a two-hour, 59-minute marathon, 64 67(4) 76(2), and Wozniacki followed with a 61 60 demolition job against No.17 seed Sloane Stephens.

"Honestly, I just kept playing, stopped focusing on the score, and just focused on myself and what I wanted to do out there," Wozniacki said. "Things can turn easily, especially when you're up by a lot, and the other player has nothing to lose, so you have to be on your toes and expect anything.

"I stayed focused. I didn't let her in. I didn't give one point away. I was very happy about that."

Stephens didn't beat around the bush. "Just got my butt kicked, that's about it really," she said. "I tried a lot of things, and it just wasn't my night. It was disappointing. Just didn't click for me."

Wozniacki has beaten Lepchenko in all three of their previous meetings.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Free Live Streaming From Nanchang

    July 24, 2014
    Watch live tennis all week from the WTA 125K Series event in Nanchang, where Chinese greats Peng Shuai and Zheng Jie are both in action. All here on wtatennis.com!
  • Svitolina Advances, Cirstea Out In Baku

    July 24, 2014
    Stefanie Voegele caused the latest shock at the Baku Cup, knocking out Sorana Cirstea in straight sets. Also advancing was defending champion Elina Svitolina.
  • Ubha: Ones To Watch This Summer

    July 24, 2014
    With the Emirates Airline US Open Series just days away from getting underway, Ravi Ubha takes a look at the ones to watch for wtatennis.com. See if you agree...
To The Top
3