Cibulkova reaches Carlsbad final after beating Petrova

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Dominika Cibulkova advances to 2012 Mercury Insurance Open finals after two-set victory against Nadia Petrova. The result: 7-6 (8), 6-1.

Second seed Cibulkova and fourth-seeded Petrova were equal in the first set. Both of them lost two of their serves, and the tie-break drama followed. Petrova had a chance to wrap up the set first, but failed to convert the set point. Her opponent replied by winning her third one and took the lead in the first semifinal.

From then on the match was all about Cibulkova. She won two consecutive breakpoints and went 4-0 up in the second set. By that time the encounter was over as a contest, and Petrova had to accept defeat after losing her third serve of the set. She may have scored 9 aces against Cibulkova’s 4, but that was one of the rare statistical elements the Russian was better in than her Slovak rival.

In the second semifinal top seed Bartoli is expected to overcome the surprise of the tournament Chan.


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