Dominika Cibulkova

September 6, 2010 by staff 

Dominika Cibulkova, NEW YORK – AP – The U.S. Open welcome two new faces to the quarterfinal – Gael Monfils of France and Slovakia Dominika Cibulkova.

Cibulkova upset 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the fourth round on Monday. Monfils held off two set points in the third to defeat compatriot Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5, and 7-5.

Cibulkova is the lowest-ranked player in the women’s lives. The Slovak Ranking 45th semifinalist at the French Open last year but had never been past the third round at Flushing Meadows.

Kuznetsova was the two-time Grand Slam champion in Monday’s game, but it does not. The 11th-seeded Russian had 10 double faults and 42 unforced errors. Kuznetsova reached the U.S. Open final second in 2007, but has not made it past the fourth round since then.

“I think she plays well, but my level is higher, and I have to win these games,” said Kuznetsova.

The last three quarter-finals of women will be decided later on Monday in matches pitting No. 1 against No. 14 Caroline Wozniacki Maria Sharapova and No. 7 Andrea Petkovic against Vera Zvonareva and No. 31 Kaia Kanepi against No. 15 contender Yanina Wickmayer, who made the semifinals last year.

On Sunday, No. 3 Venus Williams, No. 6 Francesca Schiavone, No. 2 Kim Clijsters and No. 5 Sam Stosur won their spots in the quarterfinals. Stosur 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2) victory over No. 12 Elena Dementieva ended at 1:35 am, the ultimate goal for the party of a woman in U.S. history. Open. His next opponent is Clijsters, who completed his 6-2, 6-1 Ana Ivanovic shortly after lunchtime on Sunday.

“She has a 14-hours in me,” Stosur said. “She played for the first time I played last time, so there is not much bigger difference than that.”

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