Wimbledon: Saturday wedding on schedule for Dominika Cibulkova after defeat to Elena Vesnina

London: Elena Vesnina swept into her first Wimbledon semi-final yesterday as the unseeded Russian's 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dominika Cibulkova freed her Slovakian opponent to focus on her impending wedding.

Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova

Cibulkova is due to marry fiance Miso Navara in her hometown of Bratislava on Saturday — the same day as the women's final — and the 27-year-old was willing to postpone the ceremony if she won the quarter-final.

But world number 50 Vesnina took advantage of a distracted display from Cibulkova, who seemed torn between wedding bells and Wimbledon glory, to become the fifth unseeded woman to reach the All England Club semi-finals since the Grand Slams switched to 32 seeds in 2001.

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