Wimbledon 2016: Vesnina dominates weary Cibulkova to reach first slam semi-final

The unseeded Russian took full advantage of Cibulkova's exertions of Monday, to win in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2

Wimbledon 2016: Vesnina dominates weary Cibulkova to reach first slam semi-final
A jubiant Vesnina after the match Photo: Julian Finney / Getty Images

World number 53 Elena Vesnina dominated a weary Dominika Cibulková in straight sets at Wimbledon to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

The unseeded Russian defeated her 19th seed opponent 6-2, 6-2 on Court One as the events of the previous round took their toll on the Slovakian.

Cibulkova suffers fatigue after epic

Following Monday's SW19 classic in beating third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Cibulkova seemed to lack the spring in her step and was visibly fatigued and subdued throughout.

The pattern of the match was quickly set in stone. After surviving an opening-game scare, the Slovak was then broken by Vesnina and the Russian never looked back.

The power of Cibulkova had told in the Fourth Round, but on this occasion, it was the Russian that asserted full-court authority from the outset.

The precision of Vesnina was a key element to the match but the spirit that Cibulkova that had shown in over-powering Radwanska in her previous contest was absent.  

The Russian took a double-break in the fifth game to lead 5-1. 

Vesnina polished off the opening set in no time 6-2, after just 37 minutes, hitting 10 more winners than her opponent over the set with 11 unforced errors from Cibulkova. 

Vesnina takes full advantage

The Slovakian was running on empty and it showed in her body language on Court One. Vesnina continued her almost blanket dominance of her weary foe across the net.

An early double-break saw the Russian take another commanding lead in the second, three games from her first grand slam semi-final.

Extending her lead to 4-0, Cibulkova was broken for the third time in succession and the tale of the Slovakian's rather forlorn afternoon was almost at an end.

Cibulkova was running on empty for much of the match (photo:getty)
Cibulkova was running on empty for much of the match (photo:getty)

Cibulkova was demolished by Maria Sharapova on Centre Court in 2011 - her last Wimbledon last eight appearance - and it was a similar story in 2016. The 19th seed stopped the rot of games to close to 1-4 and then 2-5, but were mere consolations. Vesnina served out to complete a convincing straight sets win.

For Vesnina the win is a breakthrough moment, whose previous best performance at a major was reaching the Third Round of the Australian Open. As a slam winner in doubles in all three majors apart at from The All England Club, her progress marks a significant departure for her singles career.

Vesnina will play defending champion Serena Williams in Thursday's semi-final, after defeating Vesnina's compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court.