Tokyo QF #4: Dominika Cibulkova (2) Ana Ivanovic
The fourth and final quarter-final at the 2015 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo sees defending champion Ana Ivanovic come up against Dominika Cibulkova. Ana Ivanovic will enter this match with revenge on her mind, the Serb will be desperate to avenge her extremely disappointing first round loss to the Slovakian at the U.S Open last month. This promises to be an exciting match between two of the most passionate players on tour, both ladies will give it their all.
Dominika Cibulkova advanced to the second round courtesy of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retiring after playing out a set and bit of their first round match. The Slovakian reached the quarter-final stage by defeating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4 in a hard-fought contest. Domi’s courage separated the pair in the important moments, Domi was not afraid to go big in critical moments and never deviated from her aggressive game despite some wayward moments.
Ana Ivanovic made a decent start to her title defence in Tokyo, picking up a 7-5 6-2 victory over Camila Giorgi. In a battle of two of the biggest hitters on tour, it was Ivanovic who remained solid whilst Giorgi committed a whopping 45 unforced errors.
Dominika Cibulkova holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Ana Ivanovic. The two met last month at the U.S Open, and it was Cibulkova who emerged victorious with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 first round win. These two are quite similar in a number of ways, both love to dictate play from the baseline with thunderous groundstrokes but both struggle with inconsistency. I think Cibulkova is better positioned heading into this one, Domi will be confident after her victory over Ana last month, Domi’s game is slightly more reliable and she is really effective at punishing Ana’s wayward serve.