No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was upset by 15th seed Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round of the French Open in Paris on Sunday 6-2, 7-6(4).
After winning the first game of the match which took 15 minutes and went nine deuces, Azarenkaâ€™s game went flat. Â The Slovakian Cibulkova captured six of the next seven games to take the first set 6-2.Â Cibulkova who has fallen to the Belarusian Azarenka in Miami this year after having a set and 5-2 lead, rallied from a break down in the second set.
â€œI donâ€™t know how to describe my performance really today,â€ Azarenka said.Â â€œIt wasnâ€™t satisfying at all.Â It wasnâ€™t satisfying being out there playing that way.
â€œBut I guess it happens, you know.Â I donâ€™t know even what to find positive really in my performance today.Â But, well, itâ€™s been too little time.Â Maybe in a few hours Iâ€™ll find something that I can be happy with.
â€œIâ€™m gonna kill myself.Â What am I going to do recovering?Â Iâ€™m just gonna go on the practice court and practice again.
â€œThis tournament is over for me.Â Whatâ€™s to recover from?Â Itâ€™s to really look forward and improve.Â Thatâ€™s it.
‘Sheâ€™s definitely a good player.Â I think she plays much better against the top players than maybe a little bit lower ranked players.Â She really has that desire.Â I donâ€™t know what motivates her to play that way.
â€œYeah, sheâ€™s a dangerous opponent.Â She had big wins before, and it was no surprise that she was going to be playing well today.â€
“But this is for me really important stage that,” said Cibulkova, “I have this confidence that I really needed for a long time, and I think the confidence on this level the most important thing.Â So of course I believe, but I just need to keep this level, you know, and to go for next match, which is good things, you know, what I was able to do and change on the court.”
“It was one of the best moments, you know, this year for me, because I ..I didnâ€™t have such a good result since the beginning of the year, and the most important for me, that it was not about that I go to quarterfinals or that I be No. 1, but it was the important thing that I just made it.
“The situations for me, I lost so many matches against good or worse players and I was up winning and then I just couldnâ€™t make it.
“And now I just did it, and it was only me on the court who did it and nobody else.Â I was not like relying on somebody else.Â It was just my work.Â So, you know, it was something so good.”
Cibulkova will meet the winner of the Samantha Stosur- Sloane Stephens match in the quarterfinals. The last woman seeded No. 1 at Roland Garros to win the tournament was Justine Henin in 2007.