LONDON, Great Britain - Magdalena Rybarikova is into her maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal - and she says it is a dream come true.
As she continues her comeback from surgery, she beat Petra Martic in the Wimbledon round of 16 in a three-set thriller - and now she gets to take on American CoCo Vandeweghe in the last eight.
"It's obviously [an] amazing feeling for me," she told reporters. "I'm in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, which obviously was my dream. Now it's happening. I would never say it could happen."
Rybarikova loves to play on grass - and she is particularly happy to be back on a good run of form in SW19.
"I was always enjoying to play on grass, it was my favorite surface," she said. "My first WTA title was on grass. It was in Birmingham. I think it fits my game. I play a lot of slices. I go for the volleys. I serve well. That makes easier for me to play on grass. I always had my favorite Grand Slam like Wimbledon - and I played the junior final."
Vandeweghe is a player she is familiar with; the pair met in Roland Garros just last month.
"I won that match, but obviously here it's going to be totally different," said the Slovakian. "On grass she serves amazing and she plays so fast. She doesn't give you much time to decide anything.
"I think she's also one of the favorites to win this title with her game. She has totally game for grass."
The 24th seed is less forthcoming about her chances of winning the title - but remains quietly confident in her abilities, having knocked out No.5 seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 16.
"I had a game plan going in," Vandeweghe told reporters after that win. "I stuck to it. I want to win on my terms, but at the same time I don't want to lose because of somebody else dictating [to] me."
The 25-year-old isn't one for predictions, refusing to discuss who from the field might be a potential Wimbledon winner.
"There's still a lot of good players in the draw - there's Grand Slam champions still in the draw," she said. "I don't know if it's wide open. You still have to win the matches in front of you."
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