Cibulkova into Wimbledon quarters after umpire row

Dominika Cibulkova

The Slovakian won 6-4 6-1 but the match will be remembered for a ludicrous umpiring decision at a crucial stage of a tight opening set.

That is when common sense deserted the court.

Cibulkova did her best to hang on but was left chasing shadows as Ostapenko blasted a backhand victor on her first match point to become the only woman to reach the semis without dropping a set in this year's tournament.

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.

Yet Cibulkova claimed the point should have been hers, and as both players pleaded their case the match referee had to be called onto the court before the umpire's decision was changed and the point replayed.

'But it never happened to me that the umpire changed the decision.

Cibulkova is ranked 33rd in the world and controversially missed out on being seeded at Wimbledon when tournament officially moved up seven-time champion Serena Williams into the seedings despite the American being ranked outside the top 150 following her maternity leave.

Hsieh then argued that the point should be replayed but the umpire refused, saying she couldn't remember if the shot had gone in or not.

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As the crowd chanted "replay the point...replay the point", a match official was called in and it was finally decided that the point would be replayed.

"No, I understand. You know, she's a fighter".

There was no let-up from Ostapenko throughout the 82-minute contest as she struck the ball with such ferocity that Cibulkova might have wanted to take cover as she watched 33 crisp winners fly off Ostapenko's racket, to her six. "It was really ridiculous for me".

Cibulkova insisted after the match that the call should've remained in her favor.

"The right decision was, of course, to keep the decision", the 29-year-old said.

"I had no sympathy because it's just about the chair umpire".

Hsieh, 32, did not speak until after playing doubles later but was more gracious. When I feel like this is something that should not happen, I would be maybe have sympathy with her. "Maybe she's exhausted and she don't see the ball", she said. "It's quite common, because even player on the court sometimes get exhausted and don't see something, it's normal".

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