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Cibulkova marches ahead in Melbourne

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.

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. Credit: Reuters

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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