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21
Oct
11

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia dumped top seed Vera Zvonareva out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow on Friday.

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The eighth seed overcame the world number five 4-6 6-4 6-4 despite struggling with a knee injury she suffered in her previous match. Both players received medical timeouts during the clash, with Zvonareva struggling with a shoulder problem in the deciding set. The Russian rushed into a 40-0 lead as she served to stay in the match at 4-5 but was unable to convert on each occasion as Cibulkova broke to clinch the win. Zvonareva admitted afterwards that she probably shouldn’t have competed the match due to her injury. “I started having pain in my shoulder in the second set and I started thinking about it and was afraid it would get worse,” the world number five said. “I’ve tried to fight through the pain but just couldn’t get it done. I probably should have stopped. “I have this bad habit – I often keep on playing even when I have an injury and it doesn’t do me any good.” Cibulkova, the world number 20, will take on Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the semi-finals after she received a walkover following the withdrawal of Marion Bartoli through illness. It meant Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska claimed the last available place at the season-ending WTA Championship in Istanbul. Bartoli had to win the Moscow tournament to qualify for the year-end event in Turkey at Radwanska’s expense, the Pole having gone out in the second round. “I’m so happy to finally qualify for the Championships as one of the top eight singles players,” Radwanska said on the WTA website. “Just a few weeks ago I didn’t think I had a chance of qualifying and I am now so happy to end my season in Istanbul.” There was another shock result later in the afternoon when sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was hammered 6-1 6-2 by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. And on a poor day for the home players, Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic reomoved Vera Dushevina 6-4 6-4 to earn a clash with Kanepi for a place in the final.

 

 

17
Oct
11

Petra Kvitova has claimed her first title since winning Wimbledon with victory over Dominika Cibulkova in the Genarali Ladies final on Sunday.

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 The fourth-ranked Czech has struggled with her form since claiming her first Grand Slam title at the All England Club back in June. But she bounced back in style to beat seventh-seeded Cibulkova 6-4 6-1 in 90 minutes and clinch her fifth title of the season and sixth overall. Kvitova broke her Slovakian opponent’s serve six times during the match in Linz, Austria, a tournament she only decided to enter at short notice. The Czech took Cibulkova’s serve in the opening game and dominated her own service games until the eighth game, when Cibulkova broke to level the first set at 4-4. Kvitova however broke back in the next game and served out the set to grab a 1-0 lead before easing through the second set to take the match. The 21-year-old is the first Czech to win the tournament since Jana Novotna in 1998, who was also the winner at Wimbledon that same year. “Dominika has played really this week and many games were close today,” said Kvitova. “I am not thinking about my ranking. I am just working on my tennis to get better and better.” Cibulkova, who along with 16th-ranked Peng Shuai is the only player in the current top 30 without a WTA title, was appearing in her first final since Montreal in 2008. “It was a great week for me. It feels good that I finally got into a final again,” she said.

21
Sep
11

Vania King ousts Marion Bartoli to reach the quarters in Korea.

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American Vania King knocked out French second seed Marion Bartoli to reach the quarter-finals of the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul. Unseeded 22-year-old King defeated Bartoli 6-3 7-5 to set up a match against Czech Klara Zakopalova who defeated Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu 6-1 6-1.

Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova secured her place in the last eight following the retirement through injury of her opponent, Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. Cibulkova had taken the opening set on a tie-break when Shevdova pulled out. Slovenian fifth seed Polona Hercog overcame Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 7-5 and will play Cibulkova next.




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