Cibulkova vs. Wozniacki
|Date & Time||Friday September 22, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Caroline Wozniacki is coming off a three sets win over Shelby Rogers that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Wozniacki won 74 percent of her first serve points and 43 percent of her second serve points. Wozniacki showed great fight in her first win since the US Open, as she overcame multiple breaks and ended up winning 55 percent of the total points. Wozniacki continues to compete hard for every point and makes her opponent hit that extra ball, but she has to be more consistent with her serve if she’s going to advance further in this tournament. Wozniacki’s weak second serve has killed her in recent matches. Wozniacki has split her last eight quarterfinal matches. Wozniacki hopes to make her seventh semifinal appearance of the season. Wozniacki has won eight of her last 11 matches on hard court.
Dominika Cibulkova is coming off a straight sets win over Katerina Siniakova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Cibulkova won 83 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Cibulkova has now won seven of her last nine sets and is coming off a match in which she won 53 percent of her return points. Cibulkova is just one of those players who you can tell if she has it or not from the beginning of the match, as she relies heavily on confidence and he fiery spirit. When Cibulkova is showing good body language and hitting with pace, she’s tough to beat, as she’s shown in her first two matches. Cibulkova has won six of her last seven quarterfinal matches. Cibulkova hopes to maker her fourth semifinal appearance of the season. Cibulkova has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played 13 times and Wozniacki has won nine of those matches. The most recent match was in St. Petersburg of 2016, a match Cibulkova won in straight sets. Three of Cibulkova’s four victories over Wozniacki have come in the last seven meetings.
I’ve backed Wozniacki a lot this season in big matches, and she’s let me down time and time again. At some point Wozniacki has to get over the hump and stop choking when the lights get bright. With that said, I’m siding with Cibulkova in this match. She’s been by far the more consistent player this season and the pace she’s hitting with will have Wozniacki running for her life. I also don’t like how Wozniacki nearly lost her match against Rogers and struggled with her serve.
Cibulkova advances to the semifinals.