Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova celebrates her victory over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in their Kremlin Cup tennis match in Moscow October 21, 2011. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor (RUSSIA – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova won her first WTA title on Sunday by topping Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi for the Kremlin Cup crown 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-5. Cibulkova was 0-3 in WTA finals before this falling in the finals Amelia Island and Montréal in 2008 and at last weekend Linz.
“This is the first time I’ve won my title, this is kind of my premiere,” Cibulkova said. “I’ve played great tennis through the whole of the week.
“I was just playing too defensive in the first set. In the second set I said, ‘Hey, come on, you have nothing to lose.’ And I started to go more on forehand and to be more aggressive and that’s why I won.”
The victory leaves Peng Shuai as the only top 20 player without a WTA title coming into the tournament.
Results – Sunday, October 23, 2011
Singles – Final
(8) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 36 76(1) 75
Doubles – Final (played Saturday)
(2) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (4) Rodionova/Voskoboeva (AUS/KAZ) 76(3) 63