It’s been a frustrating few months for Dominika Cibulkova. A quarter final showing and a defeat of Victoria Azarenka at the French Open helped the Slovakian regain the sort of form she was showing back in 2009.
Close to equaling her best ever world rankings position, the 23-year-old was promptly dumped out in the first round at Wimbledon by Klara Zakopalova, before a victory over Marion Bartoli at Carlsbad gave Cibulkova her first tour win of 2012.
After defeating Uzbekistani qualifier Akgul Amanmuradova in straight sets in round one of the Western and Southern Open, Cibulkova will have been confident in the run up to her second round clash with Andrea Hlavackova. That confidence will have evaporated over the course of a tense first set that eventually went Hlavackova’s way via a tiebreak.
Something was not right with Cibulkova and the 11th seed quickly found herself 4-1 down in the second, eventually retiring with an injury to her elbow. Hlavackova will now meet fifth seed Angelique Kerber in the third round.
China’s Shuai Peng impressed many in the first round with her defeat of seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic and got off to a good start against Roberta Vinci, winning the first set. Peng was able to close out the match 6-3 6-4, setting up a meeting with another seed, Petra Kvitova, in the third round.