2016 Wimbledon player profile: Dominika Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova, a former top ten player back in 2014 had the season of her life as she reached her first Grand Slam final back at the Australian Open but unfortunately in 2015, injury struck which ruled her out of competitive tennis for a few months.

Cibulkova had a massive amount of points to defend but as she was out with an Achilles injury that required surgery, her ranking dropped and she was unseeded at Wimbledon and the US Open last year along with the Australian Open this year.

Notable results to date

The diminutive Slovak has one title to her name this year which she won at the indoor hardcourt event at the Katowice Open. It was a perfect opportunity for Cibulkova to catapult herself back near the top 30 of the WTA rankings as the draw was weak.

Cibulkova defeated German Carina Witthoeft in three sets, the only set she dropped all week and she picked up wins over Elizaveta Kulichkova, Francesca Schiavone, Pauline Parmentier and fifth seed Camila Giorgi in the final.

Cibulkova with the Katowice Open trophy (Source : Katowice Open)
 Cibulkova with the Katowice Open trophy (Source : Katowice Open)
 

Cibulkova's significant results this year include a first-round defeat at the Australian Open to 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic, the Slovak would have been disappointed by that result as she was a finalist in 2014 and a quarterfinalist in 2015.

More misery was to come for Cibulkova as she lost in a three-set marathon to Sloane Stephens in the final of Acapulco and being unseeded at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open, Cibulkova suffered second round losses to third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Indian Wells and fourth seed Garbiñe Muguruza in Miami.

Cibulkova took advantage of a good draw at the Mutua Madrid Open as she gained revenge  against Radwanska by knocking out the Pole in the first round.

The Slovak was marathon woman in Madrid as she had three set wins over Caroline Garcia, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and Sorana Cirstea to reach the semifinals and in the semifinals, Cibulkova had straight sets win over Louisa Chirico to advance to her biggest final since the Australian Open final in 2014.

Cibulkova's three set matches took its toll on the Slovak as she lost to sixth seed Simona Halep in the final but with that good run in Madrid, it helped Cibulkova catapult back into the top 30 and ensured her seeding at the French Open.

Cibulkova (right) with Simona Halep (left) holding her runner's up trophy (Photo by Julian Finney / Source : Getty Images)
Cibulkova (right) with Simona Halep (left) holding her runner's up trophy (Photo by Julian Finney / Source : Getty Images)

Cibulkova's clay court season concluded at the French Open with a third round loss to Carla Suárez Navarro.

Best grass results leading to Wimbledon

Cibulkova opted to play one grass court event heading into Wimbledon and she is the 12th seed at the Aegon International.

The Slovak hasn't dropped a set in her opening two round matches against Jelena Ostapenko and Kateryna Bondarenko.

She is currently playing top seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals for a spot in the semifinals.

Best Wimbledon result

Cibulkova's best result at the All England Club was the quarterfinals in 2011. Seeded 24th, Cibulkova's route to the quarterfinals was tricky as the Slovak defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the first round but 8-6 in the final set.

This win was followed by an easy straight sets win over Polona Hercog and win over 16th seed Julia Goerges in the  third round and after dropping the first set 1-6 to top seed Caroline Wozniacki, Cibulkova took the next two sets 7-6, 7-5 to advance to her first Wimbledon quarterfinal.

Cibulkova's only quarterfinal run to date at Wimbledon was ended by 2004 Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova.

Cibulkova in quarterfinal action at Wimbledon against Sharapova (Photo by Clive Mason / Source : Getty Images)
Cibulkova in quarterfinal action at Wimbledon against Sharapova (Photo by Clive Mason / Source : Getty Images)

How Cibulkova's game translates to this surface

Cibulkova's weakest surface is grass and as her first serve isn't as effective as it is on hard courts and clay courts, her second serve gets attacked by big hitters.

However Cibulkova has an explosive forehand and if it is working, she can cause players some problems. Since Cibulkova is small in stature, she is able to get down to low balls.

The Slovak will be delighted to be seeded at Wimbledon as the number 19 seed and she will have lots of points to gain since she lost in the first round last year to her compatriot Daniela Hantuchova.

Since Cibulkova has tasted reaching the latter stages of Grand Slams before she will be hoping to make a deep run at Wimbledon.

Can Cibulkova get her way through the draw and win her first Grand Slam title?

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