Dominika Cibulkova is a terrific WTA player. She has found a way to excel at 5 foot 3 inches in a time when many of the best players are getting bigger and stronger. The 2-time WTA winner is a current top 25 player and has been ranked as high as 12th in the world. She showed her talent in sweeping aside Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-0 in the semifinals of the 2013 Bank of the West Classic. All of that said, if there is kryptonite for Dominika’s game, it is Agnieszka Radwanska. Earlier this year at the Apia International in Sydney, Australia Dominika beat Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber to reach the final. Despite those impressive wins, Cibulkova was eviscerated in the final 6-0 6-0 by Aga. It was a crushing defeat that left Dominika in tears. I believe the psychological scars of that defeat lingered with Cibulkova for some time, contributing to her being upset by a much lower ranked player at the subsequent Australian Open. It was no fluke that Aga beat her so thoroughly. Aga leads Dominika in their head to head 4 matches to none. Moreover, there have been 4 bagel sets (6-0) won by Radwanska in those 4 matches. The question going into the Bank of the West final is whether Cibulkova has a Plan B. Her Plan A of trying to hit through Aga hasn’t worked. She’s not Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova. She can’t blow Aga off the court with power. I hope for a great match. But with their history head to head, not to mention how dominant Aga looked dispatching the rising Jamie Hampton, I wonder if Aga will again make quick work of Dominika.
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