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Cibulkova Closes It Out, Marino Serves Up Win

Dominika Cibulkova fought off quadruple set point in the second set to put Kimiko Date-Krumm away.

Published July 25, 2011 12:00

Cibulkova Closes It Out, Marino Serves Up Win
Dominika Cibulkova

STANFORD, CA, USA - Playing her first tournament since cracking the Top 40 two weeks ago, Canadian No.1 Rebecca Marino made a winning start to her Bank of the West Classic campaign, firing nine aces and scoring one break per set to beat American Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets, 64 64.

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At this time last year Marino was ranked No.174 in the world, but after a strong last 12 months - most notably reaching her first WTA final in Memphis and winning five rounds at the last four majors, which were also her first four majors - she is now a loftier No.40 in the world. She had few problems on Monday.

"I'm pretty happy with the way I played today," Marino said. "It was my first match of the US Open summer series and I was able to get the win, which is always a good feeling. I served solid in the match and pulled it out."

In the last 23 years only one WTA title has gone to a Canadian player, and that was right here three years ago as Aleksandra Wozniak triumphed over Marion Bartoli in the final. Next up for Marino in the second round? Bartoli.

"I'm excited about that one," Marino added. "I played her in Québec City last year and it was my first Top 20 win. She'll probably want a bit of revenge from that - she's been playing really well lately. So it will definitely be tough."

Other winners on Day 1 were No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No.8 seed Dominika Cibulkova, Christina McHale and Chang Kai-Chen. Cibulkova had the toughest contest of the day, missing out on a match point up 62 53 against Kimiko Date-Krumm and rallying from quadruple set point down in the ensuing tie-break to close out the Japanese veteran in straight sets, 62 76(7).

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Tuesday's schedule is highlighted by 13-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 Serena Williams playing her first WTA match on American soil in almost two years - not since the US Open in September 2009 has the American megastar played on home soil. She will open her Bank of the West Classic campaign against fellow 29-year-old Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.

Williams leads Rodionova in their head-to-head series, 2-0.

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