Singapore, October 30 (TASR) – Slovak tennis player Dominika Cibulkova claimed the biggest victory of her career by decisively defeating world’s number one Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 in the WTA Finals in Singapore on Sunday.
The Slovak, 27, secured her way into the final after her dramatic three-set semifinal win over Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on Saturday.
Cibulkova has thus become the second Slovak WTA Champion after Janette Husarova, who won the WTA Tour Championships double finals in 2002 in Los Angeles along with Elena Dementieva of Russia. From Singapore, Cibulkova thus takes home a bonus of $2.054 million and adds 1,250 points to her WTA ranking – thus moving up to a career-high fifth in the world. The score puts her on par with the Slovak female single maximum of Daniela Hantuchova, whom Cibulkova has already surpassed in terms of WTA Tour titles won.
After her win, Cibulkova hugged her coach Matej Liptak as well as her parents – mother Katarina and father Milan. “I’m speechless. To make a debut at the WTA Finals and win the whole tournament – it’s like a dream come true,” said Cibulkova, who considers the victory in her singles final the “happiest moment of her life”.