Dominka Cibulkova appreciates experience edge after Australian Open progress

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Russia's Maria Sharapova on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014
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Dominika Cibulkova insists that her experience gave her the advantage over Simona Halep as she moved into the last four at the Australian Open.

Dominika Cibulkova has pinpointed her big-stage experience as the key factor after smashing past Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 to move into the last four at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old had made the quarter-finals at each of the other three Grand Slams and completed the set when she beat Maria Sharapova in the fourth round on Monday, while by contrast Halep had achieved her best result at a major by reaching the last eight at Melbourne Park.

"I think it was also important today because I already was on the stage," Cibulkova told reporters. "I already played a couple quarter-finals in the Grand Slams [and] I already did semi-finals in a Grand Slam.

"So that was my experience today. I was ready for it. It was for me like every other match so I didn't take it too serious [and] put myself under pressure.

"I knew I have to be aggressive. Even if you play well, you play fast, she's there at the ball I knew I had to step into the court and play a lot to her weaknesses, use my backhand down the line that she was not expecting, to play some shots. When I play my great tennis, I'm really aggressive, that's what I do the best."

Cibulkova will now face Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi-finals.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Romania's Simona Halep on day ten of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 22, 2014
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