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Tennis: Cibulkova scrapes into Malaysian Open semis

World number 10 Dominika Cibulkova narrowly beat Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas Friday to advance into the semi-finals of the Malaysian Open. The Slovakian top seed struggled against sixth seed and world number 93 Diyas, losing the first set before eventually gaining the upper hand for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win. Cibulkova, 24, who is seeking her fifth career WTA Tour title, will now meet third seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova. The Czech world number 75 defeated Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay 6-4, 6-4 in her quarter-final.

Tennis: Cibulkova reaches Miami semi-finals and top 10

Dominika Cibulkova saved three match points in a gritty three-set victory over third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the Miami hardcourt tournament. The 10th-seeded Slovakian, who was the runner-up at the Australian Open in January, will break into the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time on the strength of the 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 triumph.

Tennis: Li again gets best of Cibulkova

Top seed Li Na edged Dominika Cibulkova in three sets on Thursday, reprising her victory over the Slovakian in the Australian Open final to book an Indian Wells semi-final berth. It wasn't as smooth as the 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 triumph in Melbourne that gave China's Li a second Grand Slam title in January. Li sweated out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in two hours and 36 minutes, battling a more aggressive Cibulkova as well as her own erratic play.

Tennis: Li downs Cibulkova to reach Indian Wells semis

Australian Open champion Li Na booked her semi-final berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. China's Li, the world number two who is the top seed in the event, reprised her triumph over Slovakia's Cibulkova in the final in Melbourne, although she labored two hours and 36 minutes to do it. Li was firmly in control in the opening set, breaking Cibulkova to start the match.

Tennis: Li downs Cibulkova to reach Indian Wells semis

Australian Open champion Li Na booked her semi-final berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. China's Li, the world number two who is the top seed in the event, reprised her triumph over Slovakia's Cibulkova in the final in Melbourne, although she labored two hours and 36 minutes to do it. Li was firmly in control in the opening set, breaking Cibulkova to start the match.

Tennis: Li downs Cibulkova to reach Indian Wells semis

Australian Open champion Li Na booked a semi-final berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. China's Li, the world number two who is the top seed in the event, reprised her triumph over Slovakia's Cibulkova in the final in Melbourne. Li will face the winner of Thursday's quarter-final clash between rising US talent Sloane Stephens and Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta. The other women's semi-final between second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and Romanian Simona Halep was set on Wednesday. bb/dj

Cibulkova confident of joining grand slam winners' club

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova is confident she can win a grand slam title one day as her run to the Australian Open final showed she can adapt her game to all surfaces. The 24-year-old, the first Slovakian woman to reach a grand slam singles final, was beaten 7-6(3) 6-0 by China's Li Na in the final on Saturday. But having taken Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska out en route, the 20th seed said she was knocking on the door.

Tennis: I'll win a Slam one day, says Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova said Saturday the experience of playing a Grand Slam final would stand her in good stead and had given her confidence she can become Slovakia's first major champion. The diminutive Cibulkova, seeded 20, battled hard in the first set against China's world number four Li Na in the Australian Open final, but she fell to pieces in the second, crashing 7-6 (7/3), 6-0. It was the 24-year-old's first major final, with her previous best performance being the 2009 French Open semi-finals. And she said she had learned some valuable lessons.

Tennis: China's Li storms to Australian Open title

China's Li Na stormed to her second Grand Slam title on Saturday, battling past underdog Dominika Cibulkova to win the Australian Open and give another huge boost to Asian tennis. The 31-year-old fourth seed's 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 win crowned her the champion on her third attempt after losing the 2011 and 2013 finals, adding to the French Open title she won three years ago. In doing so, she became the oldest winner of the women's title, surpassing Margaret Court who was 30 when she became champion in 1973.

Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday. Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old struggled on serve and battled an errant forehand in a tight first set, before finding her range in devastating fashion to become the oldest woman to win at Melbourne Park.
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