Dominika Cibulkova caps remarkable turnaround in Singapore with title upset

Published: Sunday 30th October 2016 by The News Editor

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Dominika Cibulkova stunned world number one Angelique Kerber to win the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Cibulkova, ranked eighth in the world, was rewarded for her aggression and survived a dramatic final game to win 6-3 6-4.

The Slovakian looked down and out after losing her opening two matches at the round-robin tournament.

Her only hope to reach the semi-finals was to beat Simona Halep in straight sets and hope Kerber did the same against Madison Keys.

That was exactly what transpired and Cibulkova repaid Kerber, who had reached the last four before facing Keys, for her generosity by denying her the perfect end to a remarkable season.

The Australian Open and US Open champion was the clear favourite but Cibulkova went on the attack from the off and even Kerber’s powers of defence were not enough.

Cibulkova, the Australian Open finalist in 2014, did not wobble until the final game, when she double-faulted on her first match point and saw two others slip away.

But she saved two break points and then took her fourth match point when her shot dribbled over the net, the 27-year-old collapsing to the court in tears.

Published: Sunday 30th October 2016 by The News Editor

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