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Wimbledon 2018: Slovak tennis start Dominika Cibulkova accused of bad sportsmanship

10 July 2018

In her hard fought win over the former world No 7, the German saved four set points in the second set and held her nerve in the tie break to ensure she would not be forced to a decider, closing the match out 6-3, 7-6. "It never happened to me in my career", Cibulkova fumed.

Hsieh's protests to the umpire prompted the match referee to come on court to intervene as the argument lasted nearly seven minutes before the point was finally replayed, much to Cibulkova's disgust.

"It never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision", Cibulkova said. After Cibulkova's return was called long, she challenged it and was proved to be correct.

First, there was the pre-tournament controversy that saw Serena Williams handed a seeding, a decision that saw 32nd ranked Dominika Cibulkova unceremoniously dumped - but more about that later. "It was really ridiculous for me".

"It doesn't matter. The call was after when she played the ball".

After the review confirmed the ball landed on the line, umpire Juan Zhang awarded the point to Cibulkova.

She demanded the referee came onto the court and after a lengthy discussion, with the crowd also getting heavily involved, it was decided that the point should be replayed - much to the fury of Cibulkova.

After seven minutes, the decision was finally changed and the point replayed.

"I'm not going to comment this any more", Cibulkova said.

"It really messed with me, then I tried to just calm down, to play my game". Kerber would take the break, and bring things back to serve at 5-5, and eventually win the set and the match in a tie-break.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was given a code violation for receiving coaching while beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 7-6 (4), 6-0. The Latvian insisted nobody from her box said anything. "I really enjoy time here, just looking forward to my next match". I had no sympathy [for Hsieh] because the argument is just about the chair umpire."I'm a fair player".

Ostapenko lost only one more game as she progressed to a second consecutive Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Although Cibulkova complained about the decision, the former Australian Open finalist has refocused well enough to make her third Wimbledon quarter-final. "In this tournament, she seems to be in the right mood".

Wimbledon 2018: Slovak tennis start Dominika Cibulkova accused of bad sportsmanship