Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova Crush in Semis to Set Up Madrid Championship Match
by Staff | May 6th, 2016, 5:31 pm
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Simona Halep and Dominika Cibulkova will meet in the Mutua Madrid Open final after winning semifinals in dominating fashion on Friday in Spain.


The No. 6-seeded Halep blew out unseeded Aussie Sam Stosur in under an hour 6-2, 6-0 on the red clay.

It is the first WTA final since the summer of 2015 for Halep, who was a Madrid runner-up in 2014.

In the final Halep will meet unseeded Dominika Cibulkova, who on Friday provided intensity from the start in overwhelming American qualifier Louisa Chirico 6-1, 6-1.

“I started today’s match in the best way — I was really aggressive,” she Cibulkova, celebrating her 27th birthday with the win. “I know what I want to play and I was just going for it. I didn’t wait what’s going to happen on the court.

The 19-year-old Chirico was appearing in her first WTA semifinal, and will debut in the Top 100 next week on the WTA rankings.

Cibulkova leads the career head-to-head with Halep 3-1, convincingly winning their most recent meeting 6-3, 6-0 at the 2014 Australian Open. Halep won their lone meeting on clay in three sets at 2012 Brussels.

“I expect a tough one as well because is the final, and always the last match of the tournament is difficult,” Halep said. “But I have experience. I feel ready to play. She plays fast. She hits the balls. I know her pretty well. I beat her; she beat me. It’s an open match. Everyone can win. But I will do everything to win it. I really want it. It’s my dream to win here. We will see tomorrow.”


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23 Comments for Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova Crush in Semis to Set Up Madrid Championship Match

Van Persie Says:

Simona, good luck today! You will need it


Van Persie Says:

Happy to see, that Tecau and Rojer are qualified for the final.
Would be great,if Bopanna and Mergea would also win today :) Good luck


jalep Says:

Hai Simona!


Van Persie Says:

Hai Simona!

Simona leads 3-1


Van Persie Says:

Nadia Comaneci is there. She is a big supporter of Simona


jalep Says:

Nadia looks great, too! Of course I’m nervous because a)Dominika likes winning from behind — it’s how she won all week except vs poor tired Louisa Chirico and b) Simona serving — yikes.

Simona clutch — saved break points and has a set point — got the 1st set 62.


Van Persie Says:

hope Simona will keep playing at this level in 2 set


Margot Says:

Simona looks terrific doesn’t she? Do hope this is the start of a fab year for her.


jalep Says:

Simona does look terrific! Please hold serve…

She gets the most out of her small frame – love this video slo mo of her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIKKiq14XKU

Was trying to find the one of Simona warming up her footwork in the locker room – it’s insane — I’ll look for it later.

Also enjoy watching Dominika’s mentality and energy.


jalep Says:

Gosh, this is so good!


jalep Says:

But …Simona needs to win this in 2 sets — yikes! Dominika would win so many GS if they were best of 5! I speculate.


Margot Says:

Brilliant from Simona. YAY!


Van Persie Says:

Nice :)
Congrats to lovely Simona and to lovely Darren.xxx


jalep Says:

Love having a bit of company — Thanks Margot and Van Persie!

Simona served it out with an ace! — delightful to watch her play so well/positively. ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’


Van Persie Says:

…and Congrats to Bopanna and Mergea too.
Tiriac can be proud. He has 2 Romanians in the final tomorrow playing doubles. 1 will win for sure ;)


Green Lady Says:

Congrats to Simona Halep, didnt see the match, not televised where i am, there again none of the womens events are where i am, so sorry girls only following live scores, and watching football eek ….


jalep Says:

Yes, Romanians in the dubs final and at the expense of our adorable PHH. Bandwagon pulled away slowly and sadly from the curb lol…

Now to pop some popcorn and watch Nole v Kei – hope it’s a good one!

Simona displaces Vika and Petra and moves to #5.

Cibby will be closer to where she belongs – ranked twenty-something and seeded for FO.


Okiegal Says:

Congrats to Halep and her fans…..but that trophy is horrendous!! Weird looking…..


jalep Says:

This is the beautiful Giro d’ Italia season for me, GL! Forza Nibali!


jalep Says:

Thanks ๐Ÿ†— Gal! Congrats to you on having the Tennis Channel๐Ÿป

Wait a couple years…we’ll see if you are still happy with it ๐Ÿ˜„


Green Lady Says:

Enjoy it Jalep ;-)) ….


Van Persie Says:

yep, trophy is really horrendous.:D
Rafa complained, he cant bite on it ;)

thanks for the congrats, Okie


Green Lady Says:

Sorry congrats to Margot, as i know your a huge Halep fan, good day for you ;-)) ….

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