Cibulkova: I made it look easy


Dominika Cibulkova said she made her WTA Madrid Open semi-final win over Louisa Chirico "look easy", after beating her opponent in straight sets on Friday. 

A shock semi-finalist at just 19 years old, Chirico - 130th in the WTA rankings - saw her impressive run halted by Cibulkova, who produced an emphatic performance.

After winning 6-1 6-1 in an hour, the Slovak was overcome by emotion as she secured a place in her first WTA Premier final.

It was a fine way to celebrate her 27th birthday, and Cibulkova was presented with a cake during her post-match media conference.

"Of course I'm more emotional when I win. Even during the match. So it's part of me," she said.

"But I was really, really happy, because today's match was not easy. I made it look easy.

"But I was playing just really well. I was dominating on the court and I was mentally very strong.

"I started today's match in the best way - I was really aggressive. I know what I want to play and I was just going for it. I didn't wait for what's going to happen on the court.

"I really know the beginning will be really important because she's new in this situation, so I want to take advantage of it, to be ready for it. 

"That's what I did perfectly. You know, even I had some chances today, I was just really, really solid. I had my plan and I was really doing what I had to do."