Cibulkova Cruises On Day 2 In Dallas
Published August 22, 2011 11:30
DALLAS, TX, USA - Monday was a successful day for a couple of reasons for Dominika Cibulkova. She cracked the Top 15 on the rankings for the first time in two years - just three spots shy of her career-high - and showed she is recovered from a left abdominal strain that forced her to default her semifinal match in Stanford last month and retire from her first round match at her most recent event in Toronto.
Watch Dallas & New Haven on WTA Live powered by TennisTV!The second-seeded Cibulkova beat Mirjana Lucic, 64 60, in the first round of the Texas Tennis Open, a much more convincing victory than the 36 63 86 one she had over the Croat in their only previous encounter earlier this year in the first round of Wimbledon. Next up for Cibulkova is Kateryna Bondarenko.
No.5 seed Sabine Lisicki - whose last five events consisted of a title in Birmingham, semifinal showings at Wimbledon and Stanford, a quarterfinal appearance at Carlsbad and a first round loss at Cincinnati - got back on the winning track with a 63 60 defeat of Sania Mirza.
"It's definitely important for me to get a win after not playing so well in Cincinnati. I had a bad day there," said Lisicki of her straight set loss to Shahar Peer last week.
Speaking of Peer, she also impressed on Monday, never facing a break point in her 61 63 triumph over Anastasiya Yakimova.
"I'm happy I won. I did the right things and I was very aggressive when I needed to be," the sixth-seeded Peer said. "The first set was really good for me and I made a few more mistakes in the second set. But I'm happy I got through the first round and hopefully will play better the rest of the tournament."
In a clash involving unseeded players, wildcard Melanie Oudin snapped her eight-match WTA main draw losing streak that dated back to Fès in April. It was far from easy, though, as she trailed lucky loser Akgul Amanmuradova - a replacement for injured No.1 seed Peng Shuai - 5-2 in the first set. Oudin rallied to tie it but had to withstand four set points against her at 5-6 before taking the set, 8-6, in a tie-break. Amanmuradova then retired with a low back injury early in the second set.
"No one likes to win by retirement, but I haven't won in a match in a little while," said Oudin, who next faces Angelique Kerber, a 46 62 75 winner over Chanelle Scheepers. "It was a pretty good first set and I think I had the momentum going, so a win is a win."