WTA Players

Dominika Cibulkova

SK Slovakia

#5

Single Ranking
Date: 
Saturday, May 6, 1989
Birthplace: 
Bratislava, Slovakia
Residence: 
Bratislava, Slovakia
Height: 
5' 3" (1.61 m)
Weight: 
121 lbs. (55 kg)
Plays: 
Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Turned pro: 
2004

Dominika Cibulková (born May 6, 1989 in Pies?any,Slovakia) is a Slovak professional tennis player. She has achieved a career high ranking of No. 29, which she reached on April 14, 2008. She is also a former World No. 3 at the junior level, achieving that ranking in May 2005.

Personal life

Cibulková began playing tennis between the ages of 7 and 9 and grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. She can speak both Slovakian and English.

She lists clay and hard as her favourite surfaces, and has thus far proved to be most proficient on a hard surface. She has named Kim Clijsters as the player she admires most. She became a professional tennis player in 2005, after having played one ITF event in Prague at the end of 2004.

2005-2006

Cibulková competed predominantly on the ITF circuit at this time, and managed to win two tournaments: the Amarante, Portugal event in 2005, and the Bratislava event in 2006, where she was cheered on by the home crowd.

2007

At the 2007 French Open she qualified and made her Grand Slam main draw debut, reaching the third round. In the second round she upset the No. 32 seed Martina Muller 6–3, 6–2 after beating Tiantian Sun 6–4, 6–4. She eventually lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She has also reached the third round in Amelia Island, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues but losing to her countrywoman Daniela Hantuchová and the quarterfinals of the ECM Prague Open, beating Gisela Dulko before falling to Victoria Azarenka.

Cibulková's best finish of the year came in September, when she exited at the semi-final stage at the Guangzhou International Women's Open in China. She lost to eventual champion Virginie Razzano 3–6, 6–1, 6–1.

2008

Cibulková's first tournament of the year was the Tier III Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts in Gold Coast, Australia, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6–1, 3–6, 6–3. The following week, Cibulková won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw of the Tier II Medibank International in Sydney, where she lost in the first round to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(6). At the Australian Open, Cibulková lost in the first round to Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6–4, 5–7, 6–4.

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.

In Paris at the Tier II Open Gaz de France, Cibulková lost in the second round to World No. 9 Marion Bartoli 7–5, 6–1. The following week at the Tier II Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp, Cibulková again lost in the second round, this time to Li Na 6–4, 6–3.

At the Qatar Total Open, Cibulková reached her first ever Tier I quarterfinal, defeating former World No. 1 Venus Williams in the third round 6–3, 6–3 before losing to sixteenth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals 6–4, 6–7(1), 6–4.

At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, Cibulková lost in the third round to World No. 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6–1, 4–6, 6–3. The following fortnight at the Tier I Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, Cibulková lost in the third round to World No. 11 Elena Dementieva 6–0, 6–7(1), 6–4.

In April, Cibulková reached the final of a WTA Tour event for the first time. At the Tier II clay court Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, Florida, Cibulková lost in the final to the reigning Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Fed Cup

She has played in the Fed Cup for the Slovak Republic four years in a row from 2005 to 2008, holding a 5–9 win-loss record in both singles and doubles matches.

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