Cibulková at the 2017 Aegon International Eastbourne
|Full name||Dominika Navara Cibulková|
6 May 1989 |
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career record||431–281 (60.53%)|
|Career titles||8 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 4 (20 March 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 32 (28 May 2018)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (2014)|
|French Open||SF (2009)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2011, 2016)|
|US Open||QF (2010)|
|Tour Finals||W (2016)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2008)|
|Career titles||1 WTA|
|Highest ranking||No. 59 (13 August 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 195 (2 April 2018)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2016)|
|French Open||2R (2010, 2014)|
|US Open||QF (2008)|
|Fed Cup||SF (2013)|
|Hopman Cup||W (2009)|
|Last updated on: 2 April 2018.|
Dominika Cibulková (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdɔminika ˈtsibulkɔʋaː]; born 6 May 1989) is a Slovak professional tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won eight WTA singles titles and two on the ITF circuit.
Cibulková has reached the quarter-finals or better of all four Grand Slam tournaments. One of the most notable achievements of her career to date was a finals appearance at the 2014 Australian Open, when she became the first female Slovak to reach the championship round of a Grand Slam. She also won the WTA Finals in 2016, becoming the fourth player (after Serena Williams in 2001, Maria Sharapova in 2004 and Petra Kvitová in 2011) to win the tournament on debut.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Early career
- 2.2 2007: Grand Slam debut
- 2.3 2008: First WTA final
- 2.4 2009: First French Open semi-final
- 2.5 2010: US Open quarter-final
- 2.6 2011: First WTA Title
- 2.7 2012
- 2.8 2013
- 2.9 2014: First Grand Slam final and inconsistencies
- 2.10 2015: Achilles surgery
- 2.11 2016: Resurgence, WTA Finals champion
- 2.12 2017: First doubles title, out of Top 20
- 2.13 2018
- 3 Playing style
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Records
- 7 References
- 8 External links
She married her fiancé Michal Navara on July 9, 2016.
2007: Grand Slam debut
At the French Open she qualified and made her Grand Slam main draw debut, reaching the third round. In the second round she upset Martina Müller after beating Sun Tiantian. She eventually lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also reached the third round in Amelia Island, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues but losing to her countrywoman Daniela Hantuchová and the quarter-finals of the ECM Prague Open, beating Gisela Dulko before falling to Victoria Azarenka.
2008: First WTA final
At the Australian Open, Cibulková lost in the first round to Flavia Pennetta. Playing for Slovakia in the first round of Fed Cup against the Czech Republic in Brno, Cibulková split her two singles matches as her country lost the tie 3–2.
At the Qatar Total Open, Cibulková reached her first-ever Tier I quarter-final, defeating former world No. 1 Venus Williams in the third round, before losing to Agnieszka Radwańska in the quarter-finals. In April, Cibulková reached the final of a WTA event for the first time. At the Tier II clay court Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Cibulková lost in the final to Maria Sharapova. Cibulková was seeded 30th in singles at Wimbledon but lost in the first round to unseeded wildcard and eventual semi-finalist Zheng Jie of China. She reached the third round of the women's singles at the 2008 Olympics. At the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Cibulková defeated second-seeded Jelena Janković in the quarter-finals and Marion Bartoli in the semi-finals, but lost to seventh-seeded Dinara Safina in the final.
2009: First French Open semi-final
At the Australian Open, Cibulková advanced to the fourth round and lost to Elena Dementieva. She began the clay season at the MPS Group Championships and Family Circle Cup, losing to Elena Vesnina and Elena Dementieva respectively.
At the French Open, she was seeded 20th and defeated Alona Bondarenko, Kirsten Flipkens, Gisela Dulko, and Ágnes Szávay to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final. She then defeated Maria Sharapova in straight sets, but lost to Dinara Safina in the semi-final. In this successful phase of her career, she worked with tennis coach Vladimír Pláteník and fitness coach Maroš Molnár from Slovakia. Seeded 14th at Wimbledon, she beat Julie Coin and Urszula Radwańska, but lost to Elena Vesnina in the third round. She then competed at the Swedish Open where she lost to Gisela Dulko in the quarter-finals. She withdrew from the 2009 US Open and several of the following hard-court tournaments due to a rib injury.
2010: US Open quarter-final
Cibulková started 2010 by reaching the quarter-finals of the ASB Classic where she lost to top seed Flavia Pennetta. At the Australian Open, where she was seeded 23rd, Cibulková was upset by Vania King in the first round.
At the Monterrey Open, Cibulková was the 4th seed. She came from a set down to beat No. 5 seed Ágnes Szávay in the quarter-finals. She fell to fellow Slovak and No. 2 seed Daniela Hantuchová in three sets. At the BNP Paribas Open she was upset by Sara Errani in the second round after receiving a bye.
She then played at the UNICEF Open, losing to Kirsten Flipkens in the quarter-finals. At Wimbledon, where she upset Lucie Šafářová and Ayumi Morita, she lost in the third round to world No. 1 Serena Williams. At the US Open, Cibulková advanced to her second career Grand Slam quarter-final after defeating Stefanie Vögele, 2009 quarter-finalist Kateryna Bondarenko, Lourdes Domínguez Lino, and 11th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova. She lost to the top seed Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.
2011: First WTA Title
Cibulková began the year at the Brisbane International. She reached the quarter-finals defeating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. She lost in the quarter-finals to eventual champion Petra Kvitová 6–0, 6–4. She then entered the Medibank International Sydney. She defeated Maria Kirilenko in the 1st round 6–3, 6–3. In the 2nd round, she beat world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets 6–3, 6–3. Cibulková was defeated by Alisa Kleybanova in the quarter-finals 6–3, 5–7, 6–2. Seeded 29th at the Australian Open, Cibulková won her first two rounds over Angelique Kerber and Alberta Brianti. In the 3rd round, she lost to world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6–4, 6–3.
In the Fed Cup tie versus the Czech Republic, Cibulková played one rubber where she lost to Petra Kvitová 6–2, 6–3. The Czech Republic ended up defeating Slovakia 3–2. Seeded 8th at the Open GdF Suez, Cibulková advanced to the quarter-finals beating qualifier Ana Vrljić and Melanie Oudin. In the quarter-finals, she lost to 3rd seed Kaia Kanepi 6–2, 2–6, 6–2. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Cibulková lost in the 1st round to Jarmila Groth 7–6(5), 6–2. At the Qatar Ladies Open, Cibulková was defeated in the 2nd round by 2nd seed and eventual champion Vera Zvonareva 6–1, 6–2. Seeded 25th at the BNP Paribas Open, Cibulková got a 1st-round bye. She won her second- and third-round matches over wildcard Sania Mirza and 3rd seed Vera Zvonareva. She lost in the fourth round to 23rd seed Yanina Wickmayer 5–7, 5–7. Seeded 25th at the Sony Ericsson Open, Cibulková again got a first-round bye. She was defeated in the 3rd round by 8th seed and eventual champion Victoria Azarenka 3–6, 6–3, 6–4.
In the World Group Play-offs tie against Serbia, Cibulková won her 1st rubber against Bojana Jovanovski 4–6, 6–3, 6–1. Next, she faced Ana Ivanovic in her final rubber. Cibulková won the 1st set 6–4; it was tied 3–3 in the 2nd set when Ivanovic retired due to an abdominal muscle problem. Her two wins were not enough as Serbia defeated Slovakia 3-2.
At Wimbledon, Cibulková repeated the upset from Sydney by beating Wozniacki in three sets, losing in the quarter-finals to Maria Sharapova.
She won her first WTA title, the Kremlin Cup, edging Kaia Kanepi in three sets. Her win represents the first time a player has captured their maiden title at the Kremlin Cup.
Seeded 17th in the Australian Open, Cibulková lost her second-round match to Gréta Arn. At the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Cibulková came close to beating then-world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, leading her by a set and 5–2 before Azarenka prevailed. Cibulková then reached the finals of the Barcelona Open, losing to Sara Errani. At the French Open, Cibulková avenged her Miami loss to Azarenka, beating the world no. 1 in straight sets in the fourth round. She subsequently reached the quarter-finals for the second time, but lost to Samantha Stosur.
Her only Wimbledon warm up tournament was the UNICEF Open. She reached the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champion Nadia Petrova. She lost in the first round at the Wimbledon Championships to Klára Zakopalová. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she competed in the women's singles and the women's doubles with Daniela Hantuchova, but lost in the first round of each.
She defeated Marion Bartoli in straight sets to win the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California, picking up the second title of her career. She reached the third round of the US Open, losing to Roberta Vinci.
At the Sydney Apia International, she defeated top 10 players Petra Kvitová, Sara Errani, and Angelique Kerber en route to the final, which she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska, notably failing to win a single game. In the Australian Open she lost in the second round to Valeria Savinykh. At the Bank of the West Classic she won her third career WTA title, defeating Stefanie Vögele, Urszula Radwańska, Sorana Cîrstea, and Agnieszka Radwańska.
2014: First Grand Slam final and inconsistencies
Cibulková began her 2014 tennis season at the Brisbane International, where she dropped a quarter-final match to Serena Williams. At the Australian Open, she won her first three matches in straight sets, setting up her first hard-court meeting with Maria Sharapova, whom she defeated in three sets. She then defeated Simona Halep in the quarter-final to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2009 French Open. Following her semi-final upset over Agnieszka Radwańska, Cibulková was featured on the January 24 cover of The Washington Post. She faced Li Na in her first Grand Slam final, losing the first set in a tie-break and the second set without winning a game.
Cibulková won the Mexican Open in Acapulco with a victory over Christina McHale. She reached the quarter-final round of the BNP Paribas Open, losing to Li Na. At the Sony Open in Miami, she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska in a three-set quarter-final. With this victory, Cibulková entered the WTA top 10 for the first time in her career. She exited the tournament in the semi-finals, losing to Li Na in three sets. She then reached the final of the BMW Malaysian Open, which she lost to Donna Vekić. After that final, Cibulková's struggles with form were noticeable, as she won just nine matches and lost fifteen till the end of season. At Grand Slams she reached the third round of the French Open and Wimbledon. She exited in the first round of the US Open, losing to CiCi Bellis in three sets.
2015: Achilles surgery
Cibulková began her season at the Brisbane International, but lost in the first round to Madison Keys. At the Australian Open, Cibulková was the 11th seed. She reached the quarter-finals by beating Kirsten Flipkens, Tsvetana Pironkova, Alizé Cornet and Victoria Azarenka. In the quarter-final match, Cibulková lost to then-world no. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams.
After the Australian Open, Cibulková competed at the Diamond Games. She reached the quarter-finals by beating qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko and qualifier Indy De Vroome. However, in the quarter-finals, Cibulková lost to eventual champion Andrea Petkovic. During that match, Cibulková struggled with a left achilles tendon injury. Cibulková underwent surgery for her left achilles tendon in February and missed the North American hard-court season and all of the clay-court season.
Cibulková returned for the grass-court season at the Aegon International, losing to Tsvetana Pironkova in the third round. At Wimbledon, Cibulková lost in the 1st round to compatriot Daniela Hantuchová.
At the Connecticut Open, Cibulková reached the quarter-finals by beating Tsvetana Pironkova and Kristina Mladenovic before losing to eventual finalist Lucie Šafářová. At the US Open, Cibulková upset former world No. 1 and French Open Champion Ana Ivanovic in the first round. In the second round, Cibulková beat American qualifier Jessica Pegula. In the third round, Cibulková lost to Eugenie Bouchard in a tight three-set match.
At the Toray Pan Pacific Open, Cibulková reached the semi-finals by beating Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Carla Suárez Navarro, and defending champion Ana Ivanovic. In the semi-finals, Cibulková fell to eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska. Cibulková's final tournament of the year was at the Kremlin Cup, where she lost in the second round to Carla Suárez Navarro.
2016: Resurgence, WTA Finals champion
Cibulková started her 2016 year at the Brisbane International. In the first round, Cibulková beat Yanina Wickmayer in three sets followed by a second-round loss to eight seed Roberta Vinci in straight sets. Next, Cibulková played at the Hobart International where she was the third seed. She reached the semi-finals by beating Johanna Konta, Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell and qualifier Kiki Bertens. In the semi-finals, Cibulková lost to Eugenie Bouchard in a three-set match. At the Australian Open, Cibulková lost in the first round to 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic in two sets, thus failing to defend her quarter-final points from 2015.
In February, she played one match for Slovakia in the Fed Cup tie against Australia. She won her match against Kimberly Birrell, but Slovakia lost to Australia 2–3.
Cibulková reached the final in Acapulco, where she lost to the 2nd seed Sloane Stephens. She later played in Indian Wells, where she lost to Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round, despite leading 5–3 and having a match point in the third set.
At the rain-drenched French Open that year, in muddy and heavy conditions, she reached the third round before falling to Carla Suarez Navarro. Cibulková won her first grass-court title at the WTA's Eastbourne International, defeating Karolína Plíšková in the final. She then reached the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships where she was defeated by Elena Vesnina.
Following early exits in the US Open and the Pan Pacific Open, she reached the final in Wuhan, opposite Petra Kvitová, but finished as runner-up. Nevertheless, this strong performance in the tournament, including having to play two matches on the same day at one point, saw her reach a career high of No. 8 in the rankings.
Cibulková then entered the Generali Ladies Linz, which she won with a straight-sets victory over Viktorija Golubic, earning her third WTA title of the year and seventh overall. It also ensured that she qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time in her career. After dropping a three-set match to Angelique Kerber, and a second match to Madison Keys, Cibulková defeated Simona Halep in straight sets to advance to the semi-finals. She then defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, advancing to the championship round. She beat world No. 1 Angelique Kerber in straight sets to claim the WTA Finals title in her first appearance at the tournament. She ended the year with four titles and a career-high ranking of world No. 5.
2017: First doubles title, out of Top 20
Cibulková reached the third round of the Australian Open, losing to Ekaterina Makarova in three sets. She then reached the semi-finals of the St. Petersburg Open, but lost to Yulia Putintseva. She advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open following a three-set victory over Kristýna Plíšková, but lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets. Nevertheless, this result saw her rise to a new career high of No. 4 in the WTA rankings. In Miami, she reached the last 16 before losing to Lucie Šafářová.
Cibulková was due to play in Stuttgart but withdrew at the last minute, citing a wrist injury sustained in practice. In Madrid, she defeated Jelena Janković in the first round, but then she lost to the qualifier Océane Dodin. In Rome, Cibulková had a bye in first round. In the second round, she lost to Ekaterina Makarova
In 's-Hertogenbosch, Cibulková lost in the first round to German qualifier Antonia Lottner. However, she managed to win the doubles title alongside Kirsten Flipkens. This was her first WTA title in doubles, although this was already her third doubles final at this tournament. In Birmingham, Cibulková lost in the first round to Lucie Šafářová. She lost in the first round at Eastbourne to Heather Watson of the UK, failing to retain her title.
In the first round of Wimbledon, Cibulková defeated Andrea Petkovic in a two-hour-and-43-minute-long match. She then defeated Jennifer Brady in straight sets, before losing to Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh in the third round.
Cibulková started new season in Sydney, after defeating Anastasija Sevastova and Elena Vesnina, she lost in quarterfinals to Angelique Kerber. At Australian Open Cibulková lost in the first round to Kaia Kanepi.In Doha, Cibulková defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, before losing to the seventh seed Caroline Garcia in second round. Pavlyuchenkova later defeated her 6–7(5–7), 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6) in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, in a marathon match that lasted 215 minutes.
In 2014, Steve Tignor of Tennis.com labeled Cibulková "a threat to everyone". In describing her style, he later stated that "any player, from top pros to rank amateurs, can learn a thing or two from how Cibulková approaches the game," citing aggression, positive body language, and a quick pace between points.
Self-described as a player with "a lot of energy", Cibulková employs an aggressive style that is largely founded on speed and power. She is recognized for her exceptional racquet-head speed, which enables her to produce deep groundstrokes with her forehand and powerful shots with her backhand. She is also known for approaching the net and finishing points with swing volleys. Her aggressive shots have been noted for their ability to force errors or produce winners during extended rallies.
On defense, she often attacks second serves with quick forehands, and hits prompt returns while taking the ball on the rise. Occasionally, she will break a prolonged rally by mixing in a drop shot. Her lower-body strength creates quickness around the court, enabling her to reach and return shots.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Li Na||6–7(3–7), 0–6|
WTA Tour Championships finals
Singles: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||2016||Singapore||Hard (i)||Angelique Kerber||6–3, 6–4|
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q1||1R||4R||1R||3R||2R||2R||F||QF||1R||3R||1R||0 / 11||19–11|
|French Open||A||A||3R||3R||SF||3R||1R||QF||2R||3R||A||3R||2R||1R||0 / 11||21–11|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q1||1R||3R||3R||QF||1R||3R||3R||1R||QF||3R||0 / 10||18–10|
|US Open||A||A||2R||3R||A||QF||2R||3R||1R||1R||3R||3R||2R||0 / 10||15–10|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||3–2||4–4||10–3||8–4||7–4||7–4||4–4||10–4||6–3||8–4||6–4||0–2||0 / 42||73–42|
|Time span||Selected records||Players matched|
|2001-present||Won WTA Finals on debut (since inception of current round-robin format)||Serena Williams
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