Marathon day for Cibulkova at Eastbourne

‘I will do my best to win a nice coloured medal at Tokyo 2020’ – Nishikori

Dominika Cibulkova enjoyed a productive day at the Aegon International Eastbourne on Friday, beating top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Monia Puig on the way to the final.

Cibulkova’s match with Radwanska resumed in the morning, with Radwanska leading a set and a break up.

But Cibulkova wasn’t done fighting, and after regaining her lost break in the very first game of the morning, she held on to dominate the second set tie-break before going on to complete a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 victory courtesy of two breaks at the end of the third set.

The 12th-seeded Slovak returned for her semi-final match with Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig, easily winning 6-2, 6-1 in just 75 minutes.

“I would say this is my best day on a grass court,” Cibulkova said afterwards. “I’m extremely happy – I’m playing so well. She was really tough to play against because she’s playing completely different tennis to Radwanska, she played well today but I was just better.”

Asked how she dealt with the quick turnaround before having to play Puig, Cibulkova said: “I stretched, went to the ice bath and then I had to warm up again. It was a really quick one!”

Her opponent in Saturday’s final, Karolina Pliskova, also had to come through two matches on the day.

Resuming her quarter-final match with Elena Vesnina with a 4-0 lead, Pliskova did not let up, completing a 6-1, 6-3 victory before heading back out on court later in the day to knock out local favourite Johanna Konta 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3.