Brisbane R1: Yanina Wickmayer vs Dominika Cibulkova
Main draw action at the Brisbane International begins on Sunday, Yanina Wickmayer and Dominika Cibulkova will compete in the first match of the tournament on Pat Rafter Arena.
Dominika has had very poor results in Brisbane over the last couple of years, suffering 3 first round exits in her previous 4 appearances at the event including a first round loss to Madison Keys in 2015. Despite her poor record at Brisbane, Dominika has played some of her best tennis at the Australian Open where she made her first Grand Slam final in 2014 and reached the quarter-finals in 2015. Dominika will be expecting another strong Australian summer.
Yanina Wickmayer ended season 2015 in promising form, winning titles in Tokyo and Carlsbad. Yanina will look to carry that winning momentum into her Australian summer campaign. The Belgian will see this match as an opportunity, she has beaten Dominika multiple times in the past.
Cibulkova holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Wickmayer. Cibulkova has won 3 of their last 4 meetings including their 2 most recent matches, picking up a 7-5 6-2 victory in Acapulco in 2014 in what was their most recent match. 2016 should be a big year for Cibulkova, I expect the Slovakian to make a strong start with a victory over Wickmayer.