Today, the tennis gods were out to trick me. I had to leave my house for an appointment right at the moment that Aga Radwanska had match point against Dominika Cibulkova in the second set of their quarterfinal match in Miami. I didn't think too much about it, except to make a mental note of how well everything had timed out for me. What I didn't know was that the moment I turned off my television, Radwanska would hit that match point, only Cibulkova would challenge it, would win the challenge, and then turn the entire match on its head.
The second set went to a tiebreak instead, and Cibulkova won it. Cibulkova--with her new, healthy thigh/hip and her new mental approach--is now an official danger to just about anyone. She would go on to win the match 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, and by doing so, to enter the top 10 for the first time in her career. I would go on to kick myself for leaving my house, though I'd probably keep my appointment (with my trainer--I'm strict with myself about this) if I had to do it all over again.
Radwanska, even after missing out on match point, went up 5-2 in the tiebreak. A bad line call also seems to have shaken Radwanska, but the concept of Radwanska's letting something like that get the better of her is completely foreign. Still feeling bad after Indian Wells, maybe?
It wasn't like it was an easy task for either of them; the first set was really just break after break after break. But this is the sort of match that Cibulkova used to lose, and now it's the sort of match that she wins.
Cibulkova's opponent in the semfinals will be Li Na. That's who the Slovakian star lost to in the Australian Open final. Li defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 7-5. Tennis Channel commentator Brett Haber referred to the "Carosel of coaches" the Dane has gone through. Actually, it's more of a "Carovan," but I get the point.*
The other semifinal will be yet another meeting of Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, and how dreary that must be for 'Pova. But she does get another shot at cracking the code, and should she succeed, she'll reach her sixth Miami final.
Sharapova defeated Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 yesterday. Kvitova was coughing and sweating a lot, and was obviously affected by her asthma, but she, too, appeared to be done in by a line call sort of thing. She was never the same after she unsuccessfully challenged what she saw as a double bounce on Sharapova's side of the court.
Williams defeated Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-2 in her Tuesday quarterfinal.
In doubles, wild cards Martina Hingis and Sabine Lisicki have reached the semifinals.
*If any of you is wondering why Piotr Wozniacki is now "Victor," Todd Spiker has unearthed the explanation. Caroline Wozniacki has now added a "new" coach without even making a phone call.