One of the four quarter-final contests taking place tomorrow at the WTA Linz tournament is an outstanding match-up between Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic (Bio) and World No. 23 Dominika Cibulkova (Bio). Ivanovic would be the favourite heading into the match yet considering Dominika holds a 2-1 lead over the Serb in their Head-to-Head record, that may not be the case.
The top Serbian female star is yet to drop a set heading into her quarterfinal contest tomorrow. She picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer, who had previously won the tournament in 2009 and followed it up with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone. She is a two time winner her in Austria and will be looking for a record third title as she continues to plow through her opposition. While she is yet to win a title this season, Ivanovic has been given wildcard entry into the year-end championships and a strong performance here in Linz would certainly help her gain direct entry.
Cibulkova had a tough opening round match against Annika Beck, but was able to overcome her in three sets to advance to the second round. She followed up with a surprisingly dominant win over Katarzyna Piter, where she only lost one game in the entire match. The win took her a total of 53 minutes. The former finalist will be looking to top her last performance in Linz and clinch her second title of the season. She holds a 28-23 this season.
Although 16th ranked Ivanovic should be the clear favourite heading into the match, Cibulkova had had a fantastic showing in the tournament so far and even holds a slight lead in the head-to-head against the Serb. Dominika won their first two encounters, one in Mosco2 (2008) and one in the FedCup (2011). She lost their most recent meeting several months back in Carlsbad, although she did take the opening set before succumbing in three.