Photo: Paul ZimmerDominika Cibulkova (SVK)
DAY 8: Victoria Azarenka became the latest casualty in the women’s draw after the world No. 1 crashed out of Roland Garros to No. 15 seed Dominika Cibulkova.
The Slovakian needed just one hour 47 minutes to dispose of the Australian Open champion 62 76 and set up a quarterfinal meeting with Sam Stosur, who ended American Sloane Stephens’ run with a 75 64 victory on Sunday evening.
“It was one of the best moments this year for me, because I didn't have such a good result since the beginning of the year, and the most important for me, that it was not about that I go to quarterfinals or that I be No. 1, but it was the important thing that I just made it,” explained Cibulkova. “It was only me on the court who did it and nobody else. I was not like relying on somebody else. It was just my work. So, you know, it was something so good.”
The other quarterfinal will see Germany’s Angelique Kerber face Sara Errani, who continued her impressive run of form with a 60 75 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kerber had never before advanced past the second round in Paris but progressed to the last eight after dismissing Croatia’s Petra Martic in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic was also on the verge of crashing out of this year’s tournament after he went two sets to love down against Italy’s Andreas Seppi. However, the world No. 1 battled back to claim a 46 67 63 75 63 victory in four hours 18 minutes and remain on course for the non-calendar year Grand Slam.
“He was a better player for first two sets, definitely. I was very fortunate to come through to this match. I was fighting,” said Djokovic. “When I was two sets down, I believed I could win the match, and I think, you know, that's the only positive I can really pick up from today's match.”
The Serb’s opponent in the last eight is still to be determined after the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stanislas Wawrinka was postponed due to bad light with the score at 64 76 36 36 4-2 in the Frenchman’s favour.
Another match to finish on Monday is the round of 16 clash between Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro. The Argentine had just secured a two-sets-to-one lead when the decision was taken to end the match for the day. They too will resume on Monday, with a place in the quarterfinals against Roger Federer on Tuesday awaiting the winner.
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