Cibulkova ousts Radwanska in Wimbledon thriller


Agnieszka Radwanska was involved in another Wimbledon epic on Monday, but this time her tournament was brought to an end by Dominika Cibulkova.

Third seed Radwanska - runner-up at the All England Club in 2012 - survived a huge scare in her second-round tie with Ana Konjuh, the teenage Croatian failing to take three match points before being severely hampered by injury in the closing stages of a tense third set.

Another Radwanska fightback saw the Pole recover from a set and a break down to force a decider against powerful fourth-round opponent Cibulkova, who failed to take a match point when serving with a 5-4 lead in set two.

Yet, after Radwanska had spurned a match point of her own at 6-5 up in the third, 19th seed Cibulkova finally prevailed 6-3 5-7 9-7, a trademark forehand winner enabling her to serve out the contest at the third attempt.

The final game summed up a high-quality contest spanning a minute short of three hours, the highlight a sensational 25-shot rally - won by Cibulkova - that brought rapturous applause from an enthralled crowd.

There was a standing ovation when the Slovakian eventually prevailed, the spectators on No.3 Court having witnessed a strong contender for the match of the tournament to date.

Cibulkova, who reached the 2014 Australian Open final, will face unseeded opposition in the form of Ekaterina Makarova or Elena Vesnina in what will be her second appearance in the last-eight at Wimbledon.