At the Generali Ladies Linz against Petra Kvitova, Dominika Cibulkova, one of two Top 30 players without a title, will try to win her first first one in the Sunday’s final. Her opponent Kvitova is currently enjoying a career-high ranking of No.4 and she’s a holder of five titles, four of which came this season, including Wimbledon.
Cibulkova saved match points in her opener against Elena Baltacha, and actually her first three matches at the tournament were three-setters. Her semifinal against Lucie Safarova didn’t follow the trend, as Cibulkova cruised to a 6-1 6-4 victory. The Slovak won 16 points in a row to take the first set.
Kvitova’s semifinal opponent was Jelena Jankovic, who won the first set as Kvitova struggled to find her game. Kvitova was down 6-4 3-1 and then 6-4 3-4, when she took control with six straight games won for a 3-0 lead in the third set and she never looked back. Score: 4-6 6-4 6-3.
Cibulkova is yet to beat Kvitova. The Czech leads their head-to-head record 3-0. (via WTA Tour, photos: Ralf Reinecke)