With her victory over Turkish qualifier Pemra Ozgen in the first round of the BMW Malaysian Open, Dominika Cibulkova equaled Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska in WTA-level match wins this season with 21 and if she wins her upcoming first career encounter with Hsieh Su-Wei, the Slovakian will become the standalone WTA’s match wins leader (her other competitors in this department are not playing Kuala Lumpur).
It may be just one more step for Cibulkova, but it will not be easy. Hsieh Su-Wei won the Malaysian Open in 2012 and even though she’s 126th-ranked in singles, she’s seasoned in doubles, currently standing at No.2 in the rankings. Here’s Cibulkova’s comment:
It will be a really, really tough match. She’s used to these conditions and the court is fast, so I’ll really have to be ready for it.
By the way, look at this, last Monday Cibulkova filmed a short movie in Slovakia, playing a Partisan woman in 1944.
(photos: Ralf Reinecke, Cibulkova’s Facebook page)