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“For me to be able come back after having three match points and losing this game at 6-5, and still be able to bounce back, it’s really huge.”

Wozniacki, who has never reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, went up a break against Cibulkova in the third set but couldn’t capitalize, losing serve three times the rest of the way. Cibulkova dictated play most of the last two sets and finished with 44 winners, 11 more than Wozniacki.

Wozniacki has played in only one major final, losing to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open. Despite the lack of a major title, she will remain No. 1 in the rankings.

“I don’t really care what people think or say or do,” she said. “I cannot really do anything now. I did my best and it wasn’t good enough.”

Cibulkova earned a quarterfinal matchup with 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, who made it to the last eight for the first time in five years, beating Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-2 on a sweltering day.

Sharapova started slowly before winning seven straight games to take command against the 20th-seeded Chinese player on Court 2. The big-hitting Russian had 27 winners and 10 unforced errors.

The match was played with on-court temperatures measured at 93 degrees, and Sharapova covered her legs with ice wrapped in towels during changeovers.

“Last year I lost in the fourth round to Serena and this year I find myself in the quarterfinals and I’m giving myself an opportunity to go even in further so I’m quite happy about that,” Sharapova said. “I have to be a little realistic about the fact that I haven’t gotten past the fourth round in a few years. This is a step forward.”

In other women’s play, fourth-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-2; German wild card Sabine Lisicki reached the quarters for the second time, downing Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (3), 6-1; No. 8 Petra Kvitova, a semifinalist here last year, needed just 45 minutes to defeat No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer 6-0, 6-2; and 80th-ranked Austrian Tamira Paszek beat Ksenia Pervak of Russia 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal berth.