Angelique Kerber To Meet Dominika Cibulkova In WTA Finals Championship Match
| October 30th, 2016, 12:15 am
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The WTA Finals title match is set and it will feature world No. Angelique Kerber taking on Dominika Cibulkova Sunday in Singapore.

Kerber advanced by thrashing defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour.

“I’m really happy to being in the final here for my first time,” Kerber said. “It’s the last tournament, and of course to finish with a final it’s great. I remember the last year how I was finishing here, so this is big improvement.”

Kerber has lost just one set in four matches en route to her first championship match at the WTA Finals. And that lone set she lost was to Cibulkova in the round robin.

The Slovakian ended the late season surge by Svetlana Kuznetsova 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.

“At the end I was lying on the court and now I’m so excited. It’s my first time here playing Finals and for me it’s one of my dreams come true – it’s just incredible,” Cibulkova said.

“I just played my tennis. First set, she was really, really aggressive. I knew I had to change things because I needed to play my aggressive tennis. In the end I won because I was the more positive.”

While Kerber beat Cibulkova earlier in the week, the two have split eight career meetings.

“It’s a little bit weird to play against one opponent twice in one tournament. This never happened before for me. I’m looking forward to play against her,” Kerber said.

“The first match here was really tight and close, so she has a lot of confidence from the last two matches she won.”

Both players are into their first WTA Finals title match and if Cibulkova wins she will finish the season a career-high No. 5.


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20 Comments for Angelique Kerber To Meet Dominika Cibulkova In WTA Finals Championship Match

Farah Diba Says:

I am sorry but i have to predict..Angie in 2.


Danica Says:

Rooting for Angie. Go, go Angie!!!


Margot Says:

Wow! Cibs on fire in the first set. Pulverising Angie, whose not playing too well, which doesn’t help.
Pressure?


FedExpress Says:

just like the Olympics final. kerber cant win it where she is the fav.

what a year it would have been.


Farah Diba Says:

Angie definitely not her usual self tonight,i think you’re right Margot,it’s pressure..suddenly everything come to her head..being no 1 and has a big chance to add WTA final to her tally..when she said Dominika has nothing to lose tonight..she know what she’s talking about..and what a perfomance by Domi to confirmed that..Congrats to Domi and her fans and commies to Angie and her fans as well especially Margot,Danica and others..


Margot Says:

Magificent from from Cibs is all you can say. One of those days when the ball is the size of a comet and is drawn to the lines like some magnetic force.
Angie, go home and work on your serve, being a lefty should give you a big advantage.
The umpire gave Cibs a warning for turning her back as Angie was about to serve, telling her to play at the server’s pace. Now why hasn’t someone got the bottle to give that diva blooming Scharapova, a few warnings?


jalep Says:

But it’s some incredible points! Only caught the last game. Wow, what a performance from both.

I love the Cibulkova parents’ reaction. Amazing.

But sorry for Angelique!! FedExpress, it does seem like she can’t quite bring her best at the Olympics and dang it this Final.


jalep Says:

No kidding, Margot!


jalep Says:

Monica Seles looks beautiful.


jalep Says:

Nice words from Dominika to Angie. Good to hear her giving Angie credit for being her inspiration. That was lovely.


Giles Says:

Not really into WTA but would have preferred a win for Kerber. Not keen on the other one.


FedExpress Says:

i think still better to have two GSs than a olympic gold medal and a Wta finals title


jalep Says:

Agree. FedExpress. My wish is for Simona, Aga, and Dominika to get GS’s. But I’m not holding my breath!


RZ Says:

I was hoping that Angie would close out her amazing year in style, but congrats to the Pocket Rocket for a fantastic tournament.


Willow Says:

Yeah sorry for Angie, but like Ciby anyway, and wouldnt love to see her, Aga, Simona all winning a GS, but as Jalep said im not holding my breath, there seems to have been some amazing tennis this week on the WTA, a really open and well contested tournament, and a refreshing change from the usual Serena /Sharapova, show just a shame i didnt get to see any of it where i a ….


Van Persie Says:

Sorry for Angie. She still had an amazing year and a great tournament in Singapore. Well done.


chrisford1 Says:

Fedex – ” I think still better to have two GSs than a olympic gold medal and a Wta finals title.”

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Perhaps on the woman’s side.
Where it gets dicey is when you see Djokovic quite obviously willing to swap anything but his French Open title this year for a gold medal – and that includes the Australian Open.

And past gold medalist Andy Murray would have happily given the gold for the AO title and a Golden Slam this year.

And Nadal knows it would be far better for his career resume to win the Championships and pick up his 1st ever big indoors title than get “La Decima”.

But on the WTA, Congrats to Cibulkova, Puig, Muguruza and Kerber on each’s unexpectedly glorious seasons.


chrisford1 Says:

RZ – “I was hoping that Angie would close out her amazing year in style.”

A RUP in the Championships WAS finishing the season in style. 2 Slams, RUP at Wimbledon and the Olympics as well. Most points, most titles. A phenomenal year


J-Kath Says:

Chrisford 1

Sorrie – I seem to be disagreeing with you a bit at the moment – but no way would Andy prefer another (or multiple) Gs to another Olympic gold. —frustrates me personally – but he is what he is. Look at his over-the-top commitment to Davis Cup – fine as it is but when it impacts on other tournaments, he irritates me beyond belief – same with Olympics.


chrisford1 Says:

J-Kath, Andy’s level of frustration year after year in Australia approaches Novak and the French prior to this year. 5 RUPs for Andy, 1 to Fed, 4 to Djokovic. And he lost an entrancing semi-final in 2012 to …yep…Novak, by 6-3 3-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 7-5 in four hours 50 minutes. That one is forgotten by many in the media.. Djokovic was tested hard, at least as much as Rafa had to fight Verdasco in his semi in 2009, then take on Fed.
That Andy Murray semi is as big as any of the Finals he lost in.

The Rio gold? All the players that had a shot were there and they wanted it badly. Andy got it. ‘Nuff said. But had he failed, he still had the immeasurable prestige and career boost of winning in his homeland in 2012 with Lendl. And the of confidence he could hang with the big dogs. They call athletes that win there “gold medalists” not “2 gold medalist”, or whatever Phelps largely forgotten number of golds was.
For Andy, its redundant, not as big a thing as his 1st, and the poor lad did not get a single ATP point from winning a huge tennis event!!

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