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Why She Won: Azarenka is notorious for issues with managing her anger. As the match slipped away, Azarenka smashed a few racquets and seemed resigned to her fate.
Cibulkova won the match despite an abysmal first serve. She was only able to get in 47 percent of her first serve. Her return game was outstanding, though. She won 52 percent of the points on Azarenka’s serve and was 6-for-11 on break points.
Cibulkova also hit 28 winners to just 20 unforced errors to 19 and 25 for Azarenka.
Who Benefits: Samantha Stosur is the immediate beneficiary. Instead of having to face the World’s No. 1 player, Cibulkova is up next for the Aussie.
This will be the fourth quarterfinals appearance in a slam for Cibulkova and the fifth for Stosur. Stosur won the U.S. Open last fall and was runner-up in Paris in 2010.
Cibulkova reached the semifinals in Paris in 2009, her best result in a Grand Slam.