Sunday, October 23, 2011

Cibulkova wins Kremlin Cup

Dominika Cibulkova won the Kremlin Cup today after defeating Kaia Kanepi 3-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the final. The Moscow title is Cibulkova's first, though she was a runner-up three times. The first time, in Amelia Island in 2008, Cibulkova appeared to be headed toward victory, but she was injured during the match, and--though she continued to play--her level dropped because of the injury, and she lost to Maria Sharapova. She lost the Montreal final in 2008 to Dinara Safina, and earlier this month, she lost the Linz final to Petra Kvitova.

Cibulkova and Kanepi played for over two and a half hours today, and Kanepi hit ten aces. Cibulkova, who was seeded 8th, defeated 1st seed Vera Zvonareva on her way to the final.

Top seed Victoria Azarenka won the Luxembourg title, defeating Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-2. The top-seeded doubles team of Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova won the doubles title. They defeated 2nd seeds Lucie Hradecka and Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-3.