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Cibulkova marches ahead in Melbourne

Tennis

Melbourne - Dominika Cibulkova marched into her second career grand slam semi-final with an impressive 6-3, 6-0 demolition of 11th seed Simona Halep at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who beat 2008 champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round, attacked Halep's serve and controlled many of the rallies by keeping the Romanian pinned deep behind the baseline.

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Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia celebrates defeating Simona Halep of Romania in their women's singles quarter-final tennis match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne. Picture: Jason Reed

The 20th seed broke early in both sets and used that advantage to put pressure on the counter-punching Romanian, who became increasingly frustrated at her play and inability to stem the Slovak's momentum.

Cibulkova, who lost in the 2009 French Open semi-final to Dinara Safina, will play either two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka or fifth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska for a place in Saturday's final. - Reuters

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