Sunday, October 23, 2011

Playing for the one

Dominika Cibulkova (L) and Monica Niculescu (R) will today, play to claim their maiden WTA singles titles. Their roads to final...polar opposites.

In Moscow Cibulkova dropped one set, to top seed Vera Zvonareva and breezed through her quarter final taking down Elena Vesnina 6-0 6-2. While over in Luxemburg out of Niculescu's four matches three have been three set marathons for the Romanian (R1 6-7 7-5 7-6 def Knapp, R2 7-6 3-6 6-1 def Medina Garrigues and SF 7-5 4-6 6-3 def Keothavong)

The final obstacle stopping them from jumping of the first hurdle is Kaia Kanepi and Victoria Azarenka respectively. So as you would expect Cibulkova comes into her final as a slight favourite, based on form and ranking and Niculescu is the huge underdog.

Azarenka leads Niculescu comfortably in their head to head, only dropping one set in three meetings. The last of which was at the 2010 US Open, where the Belarusian prevailed 6-0 5-7 6-1.

Kanepi has a 2-0 head to head advantage over the Slovak, their last meeting was indoors also, in Paris where Kanepi won 6-2 2-6 6-2. Their only other career meeting also went to three sets.


caps321 said...

Cibulkova wins against Kanepi 3-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Carlos said...

Close score. Thanks Caps.

Just heard on the news an earthquake of the magnitude of 7.3 has struck Turkey. Will it cause the YEC to be delay?

caps321 said...

Good question! I saw that on the AP rss feed but didn't put two and two together.

Guess it depends if the stadium was damaged..

caps321 said...

Looks like the earthquake struck on the complete opposite side of Turkey from Istanbul.

And Turkey is a little bit bigger than Texas. So, one would venture to say there will be no delay.

Carlos said...

Thanks Caps.

Angry Bird won at Luxembourg 6-2, 6-2 over Niculescu.

Clefairy must be jumping up and down all around the streets of Melbourne. :P

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