Julia Goerges vs. Dominika Cibulkova
|Date & Time||Monday August 20, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cibulkova +104 / Goerges -133 -- Over/Under:
Dominika Cibulkova and Julia Goerges meet in the first round of the tennis Connecticut Open.
Dominika Cibulkova will play her first match since losing in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon, so she should be well rested to make a tournament run. Cibulkova has played some of her best tennis in recent memory, as she’s won eight of her last 10 sets and has been seeing the ball extremely well on the return. We all know Cibulkova is a feisty player, and when she’s able to channel that aggressiveness and not allow her emotions to lead to unforced errors, she can be a handful to deal with. I’m very intrigued to see if Cibulkova is able to build on such momentum and doesn’t allow the lengthy rest period to break her groove. Cibulkova is a live dark horse for the US Open if she can sustain success in Connecticut. Cibulkova has lost four of her last five matches on hard court.
Julia Goerges lost her opening match in Cincinnati and enters this tournament losing three of her last five matches overall. Goerges retired in her last match with a lower left leg injury, so seeing how healthy she is for this match will obviously be key. It wasn’t that long ago when Goerges was winning a high percentage of her first serve points and grinding out victories. It’s not always pretty with the 29-year-old German, but she manages to win the biggest points of the match and just outlasts her opponents more times than not. For this tournament, it comes down to health that will determine just how far Goerges can go. Goerges has split her last four matches on hard court.
These two have split the only two meetings, as Goerges won this years French Open and Cibulkova won the 2011 Wimbledon. Both matches were decided in three sets.
While the leg injury for Goerges is key, Cibulkova should win this match regardless. She was highly impressive in the Wimbledon and has that fighting spirit that should allow her to build on such success. Cibulkova is one of the more confident, amped up players on the women’s side, so I bet she’s chomping at the bit to get out there and win some more.
Cibulkova is a player to watch the next couple of weeks.