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.
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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