Australian Open ?? R1 Prediction
(24) ?? Dominika Cibulkova vs ?? Kaia Kanepi
I’m going to side with Cibulkova here. Clearly Kanepi is a dangerous opponent and played great tennis in Brisbane but I think Cibulkova is far better competitor and mentally tougher than the Estonian. Cibulkova also showed good form in the lead-up to Melbourne with a few good wins in Sydney and a tough encounter against the in-form Angelique Kerber. Both players are very attacking and like to dictate, Cibulkova is the far better mover and much better at defending. I think Cibulkova has more to her game is more likely to win this because of that. Kanepi has one way to win this and it will take her best to execute that game. Cibulkova will eventually get the better of Kanepi.