All you need to know from the Internationaux de Strasbourg as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes on Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's final.
WTA Staff
May 25, 2018



Play starts at 12.30pm

Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) / Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Nadiia Kichenok (UKR) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) [3]

Not before 3pm
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [3] v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [5]

#POME💪🏻🎾💥 #strasbourg #finals!!

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Dominika Cibulkova has won seven of her 10 meetings with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, including in Doha earlier this year and New Haven last year. Pavlyuchenkova won the pair's first encounter, in Tokyo in 2010, and also triumphed in Cincinnati four years later and Indian Wells last year.

The last Russian to win the Strasbourg title was Maria Sharapova, who beat Kristina Barrois in 2010, while Radka Zrubakova was the last Slovakian-born player to take the trophy here, beating Rachel McQuillan in straight sets in 1991.

Only two of the last nine finals in Strasbourg have gone to three sets - both ending in victories for Samantha Stosur. The Australian was taken the distance by Kristina Mladenovic in 2015 and again by compatriot Daria Gavrilova last year.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament, while Dominika Cibulkova was taken the distance once, in her semifinal victory over Mihaela Buzarnescu. Both players beat one seed en route to Saturday's showpiece, Pavlyuchenkova downing top seed Ashleigh Barty in the last four as Cibulkova accounted for Romanian Buzarenscu, seeded fourth, at the same stage.