A fourth round clash is scheduled to take place between world No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova and former world No. 1 Venus Williams on Monday afternoon in Miami. The two competitors have not met in nearly four years, with the Williams vs Cibulkova Head to Head standing at 1-1.
Dominika Cibulkova outpointed Alize Cornet 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami. While the French No. 1 was 5-2 up in the opening set, she failed to serve out the match and allowed Cibulkova to even the score and send the match to a tiebreaker, eventually snatching the set. Cibulkova had to withstand five aces from Cornet – hitting 71% of her points on first serve in the process.
“I think since the last time we played I’m a different player, a more experienced player,” Cibulkova said. “Right now I’m feeling very cool and confident on the court, and I’m playing well. But she’s playing well too – she just won Dubai – and she feels at home here in Miami. It will definitely be a tough one.”
Next up for Cibulkova is a fourth round encounter with former world No. 1 Venus Williams, whom she has defeated previously on the WTA tour.
“I don’t even know the last time I played her, but I know every time she plays Serena she competes so well,” Williams said of Cibulkova. “I think they played here last year in the semifinals. I was watching that match. It may have been a three-setter – I just remember the match was really, really tough.”
Venus Williams needed a deciding set to secure the 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua. The American stuck 11 aces, hit 53% of her first serves in, yet also made 6 double faults in the process.
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with the series tied at 1-1. The last time they met was nearly four years ago, making this an entirely different match-up. Cibulkova is playing the best tennis of her young career as of late and will be looking to topple her legendary opponent on Monday afternoon.
Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova in Three Sets