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?? Dominika Cibulkova vs ?? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Dominika Cibulkova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will go head-to-head in the opening main draw match of the 2018 Qatar Total Open. Cibulkova and Pavlyuchenkova have both struggled to build any momentum in 2018, both would be disappointed with their starts to the season and will see this tournament as an important week to turn their fortunes around. Notably, Cibulkova has a dominant record over Pavlyuchenkova having won 4 of the last 5 matches between the pair.
Cibulkova and Pavlyuchenkova both arrive in Doha on the back of early exits in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago. Pavlyuchenkova was beaten by Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets in the opening round whilst Cibulkova was surprisingly beaten by Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets. Cibulkova and Pavlyuchenkova both chose to sit out Fed Cup ties over the weekend, both are clearly desperate to turn their fortunes around.
Cibulkova holds a 6-3 head-to-head record over Pavlyuchenkova. In recent times, Cibulkova has had the clear edge over the Russian having won 4 of the last 5 matches between the pair. The most recent math between the pair took place in New Haven last year where Cibulkova won 7-5 6-4.