Dominika Cibulkova, the 2nd seed in Carlsbad, won the Mercury Insurance Open today when she defeated top seed Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 in the final. This is Cibulkova's second WTA title; she lost four finals before winning the title in Moscow last year. This week, she defeated every opponent in straight sets.
As for the Fighting Frenchwoman--it's a wonder she was standing at all. Bartoli prevailed in some fierce battles this week, the most notable of them being her quarterfinal against Christina McHale, which lasted over 2 hours and 50 minutes (and included another parental dismissal), and showcased some very fine play from both players.
Bartoli also played for over 3 hours and 10 minutes against Vania King in the the second round. And the first two sets of her semifinal against Chan Yung-Jan weren't exactly a walk in the park because of Chan's considerable net skills. Bartoli got blown off the court in her first set against Cibulkova, but anyone with even the slightest proficiency in Marionology knew that things would change. In the end, though, Bartoli looked too depleted, and Cibulkova was too good.
It should be noted that in the course of playing four matches in Carlsbad, Bartoli double-faulted 49 times. Granted, these were long matches, but--not a good statistic.
As for Rennae Stubbs and Ted Robinson, who called the match on ESPN--they just had to call into question the opponents' enthusiastic yelling and Bartoli's way-inside-the-baseline stances, given that Bartoli and Cibulkova are friends. Oh, please--two women playing a sweaty sport and not acting in an expected "feminine" way? I've heard it before. Maybe the opponents could have just stepped up to the net, sung "Kumbaya," and planned a shopping excursion to pick up some Woz bras.
But of course, Stubbs has no experience in on-court physical and verbal aggression.
3rd seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears won the doubles title. In the final, Kops-Jones and Spears defeated 2nd seeds Vania King and Nadia Petrova 6-2, 6-4.