Cibulkova vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Sunday October 30, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the final of the tennis 2016 WTA Championships.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 56 percent of her first serve points and 76 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has been deadly on the return as of late, as she’s won 68 of 112 return points in her last two matches. Even with a subpar serve at times, Kerber continues to put pressure on her opponent and creates more chances to win matches. Kerber is finishing the season on a strong note and is now in her eighth final appearance of the season. Kerber hopes to win her 11th career title and fourth title this season. Kerber has split her last 10 final appearances. Kerber has won 14 of her last 17 matches on hard court.
Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a three set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 60 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points Cibulkova continues to find ways to win and was able to bounce back despite losing the first set, 1-6. It may not always be the prettiest with Cibulkova, but you can expect that competitiveness to kick in and for her to put up a fight. Cibulkova must get her first serve in play for her to have a chance her, as her second serve gets eaten up by anybody in this tournament. Cibulkova hopes to win her eighth career title and fourth of the season. Cibulkova has split her last 10 final appearances. Cibulkova has won eight of her last 13 matches on hard court.
These two have played nine times in the past and Kerber leads the series with five victories. The most recent match was a few days ago in the WTA Championships, a match Kerber won in three sets. Kerber has won the last five matches against Cibulkova, and her last loss came in the 2013 Canadian Masters.
After seeing what Kerber just did to Radwanska, you can’t pick against the german in this match. Not to mention Kerber just beat Cibulkova a few days ago and has won the last five matches against her overall. It’s been Kerber’s year and it’s only right the last tournament of the season ends with her winning another title.
Kerber should win this match likely in straight sets.