BRISBANE, Australia - Dominika Cibulkova starts the 2017 season at a career-high ranking following her year-end triumph at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Still, the Slovak found time to assist the efforts of the newly formed WTA Charities before kicking off her campaign at the Brisbane International.
Partnering with the Ronald McDonald House South East Queensland and the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Cibulkova met a group of sick children who came prepared to ask the World No.5 questions about her life and career in Brisbane.
"They were really nice kids, asking good questions," Cibulkova said after the event. "It was nice to meet them and I'm happy I can do this kind of thing."
Asked what other sports she played, the former Australian Open finalist talked about the gymnastics she did as a child, but now enjoys skiing when she's not on the tennis court. She also issued a challenge to Andre Agassi when asked which player she'd like to play.
"It's cool that kids can get to know us a bit more, and I think they'll follow tennis more intensely now, because when you know one of the players, you get more involved and more emotional. I think that's really nice."
Launched at the start of 2017, the mission of WTA Charities is to be a social responsibility vehicle built on the WTA's values to empower and provide for a better future. WTA Charities is dedicated to combining, strengthening and enhancing the community and charitable efforts of the WTA through its members (players, alumnae and tournaments), along with its partners.
Cibulkova is the No.2 seed in Brisbane and will play her opening round match against Zhang Shuai.
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WTA Charities is the WTA's global philanthropic organization dedicated to making a positive impact across the globe. Our mission is to be a social responsibility vehicle built on the WTA's values to empower and provide for a better future. We're dedicated to combining, strengthening and enhancing the community and charitable efforts of the WTA through its members (players, alumnae and tournaments), along with our partners.