Dominika Cibulkova vs. Anastasija Sevastova
|Date & Time||Thursday October 4, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Anastasija Sevastova and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis China Open.
Anastasija Sevastova is coming off a straight sets win over Donna Vekic that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Sevastova won 65 percent of her first serve points and 65 percent of her second serve points. Sevastova won 53 percent of her return points and produced five breaks on nine break points. Sevastova has now produced 10 breaks in her last four sets and should be well rested considering she’s played less than an hour and a half of tennis in her last two matches. Sevastova is really playing some of her most consistent tennis of the season, winning 11 of her last 15 matches and 14 of her last 21 sets played. Sevastova is simply playing clean, effective tennis and is knocking on the door of her third final appearance of the season. Sevastova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a three sets win over Sloane Stephens that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 59 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Cibulkova won 59 percent of her total service points and produced six breaks on 10 break points. It was an impressive comeback for Cibulkova after being down a set and was a perfect display of her grit and feistiness to never quit. Cibulkova now has three wins over top-10 players this year alone. Cibulkova has now won 12 of her last 14 sets played and has a chance for an even deeper run if she can continue to have the success she’s had recently with her return. Cibulkova has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two meetings, as Cibulkova won in this year in Sydney and Sevastova won in 2010 in Beijing. The match earlier this year was decided in straight sets.
Cibulkova is quietly playing some impressive tennis and is fresh off a really good victory, beating a top-10 player when already down a set. However, Sevastova has been the more consistent player as of late and doesn’t have the hiccups in her serve that Cibulkova has at times. Sevastova has everything in her game working right now and has become one of the easier players to trust over the last couple of months.
I’ll back Sevastova to advance to the semis.