Wedding or final for Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova will postpone her dream wedding planned for Saturday if she keeps winning at Wimbledon.

The Slovakian is due to marry fiance Miso Navara in Bratislava, but the bride-to-be may have pressing business on the tennis court instead after battling through to the quarter-finals.

The women’s final also takes place on Saturday, and Cibulkova does not want to be distracted if she has a semi-final to play on Thursday.

Navara was prominent at courtside to see Cibulkova beat third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3 5-7 9-7 in a three-hour thriller on Monday, setting up a last-eight clash with Russian Elena Vesnina.

If she wins that showdown on Tuesday, the wedding will be set back by seven days.

The 27-year-old world number 18 from Bratislava gambled on the wedding date, believing it was improbable she would be in the frame for a Wimbledon final appearance.

It was only when taking an ice bath after beating Radwanska that she realised a big decision lay ahead.

“I said to my team, ‘Okay, now it’s getting more serious. If I win tomorrow, then we seriously have to deal with this’,” she said.

“If I win tomorrow, then we will postpone it.

“If we would really have to postpone it, then it will be like a dream come true, because nothing better could happen to me in my tennis career. It’s no problem to postpone a wedding by a week, and it will be even more enjoyable.

“We chose the date because I never saw myself as such a great grass-court player.”


After winning the Aegon International at Eastbourne in the week leading up to Wimbledon, and now four matches in a row in south-west London, Cibulkova is reviewing that opinion.

She has invited 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, and Czech player Barbora Strycova to the wedding. Bartoli had to decline because she is tied in to commentating on the women’s final.

“If she would commentate on me, I wouldn’t mind, because next week she can come (to the wedding),” Cibulkova said.

Cibulkova, engaged to Navara for four years, burst into tears on clinching the win against Radwanska and fell to the grass as the achievement overwhelmed her.

She has reached an Australian Open final before, in 2014, but said the dramatic tussle with Radwanska was “the toughest match in my career so far”.

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