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Dominika Cibulkova vs Caroline Garcia WTA Wuhan Live Stream: Cibulkova and Garcia battle for quarter final spot

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 27 Sep 2017
Dominika Cibulkova (Photo by Chris Eason)

Dominika Cibulkova and Caroline Garcia go head-to-head in Wuhan on Wednesday with a quarter final spot on the line. Who will make the last eight?

Dominika Cibulkova vs Caroline Garcia WTA Wuhan Open tennis is live from Wuhan on Wednesday, 27 September from 8:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BSTWatch and bet on tennis live at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

  After a career-best 2016 during which Cibulkova won the WTA Finals in Singapore and secured a year-end No. 5 ranking, she has underperformed for most of 2017, but there have been signs in recent weeks that the combative Slovak may be finding some form as the year winds down- a bit late, but better late than never. There’s still quite a lot to play for before the season shuts down. 

Last year’s victory in Singapore was the culmination of a strong end to the season from Cibulkova, a run-in also included a runner-up finish in Wuhan. Hence, it is imperative she has a good week, else she could be skidding down the rankings come next Monday.  

Back in February, Cibulkova reached consecutive semi-finals in St. Petersburg and Doha, but she then embarked on a 12-tournament stretch without a quarter final, and duly dropped out of the top ten as a result. She broke that spell with a runner-up finish in New Haven just before the US Open, and reclaimed her top 10 status in the process. The world number 9 is now one win away from her third quarter final in four meets, having also reached the last eight in Tokyo last week. She should arguably have done better than a quarter final finish in Tokyo, having held match points against eventual champion, Caroline Wozniacki, but she could not quite finish off the Dane when the chance came along. Her woes were complete when she was forced to retire because a thigh problem at 1-3 down in the final set.

Thankfully, the problem was not too serious, with the 28-year-old taking her place in the Wuhan field just a few days later. Cibulkova eased through her Wuhan opener, dismissing Swiss wildcard, Jil Teichmann 6-2 6-2 in just an hour and ten minutes. A sterner challenge awaits in the Round of 16 when the diminutive Slovak runs into an improving Garcia on Wednesday.

Like Cibulkova, Garcia is also seeking consecutive WTA quarter finals, having also made the last eight in Tokyo, before falling to Garbine Muguruza. She has been superb in Wuhan, battling back from a set down to speed past Angelique Kerber in the first round, and outclassing Christina McHale 6-1 6-1 to take her place in the round of sixteen. Garcia had actually trailed 0-40 in the first game of the opening set against McHale, but after erasing that deficit, and saving a further break point, the Frenchwoman completely dominated the rest of contest. She did not face a single break point after that opening game.

Garcia had made a steady but uneventful start to the season, but she slowly picked it up in the second quarter of the year, making a couple of semi-finals in Monterrey and Strasbourg, before a big quarter final at Roland Garros. She broke into the top 20 for the first time in her career after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, and has put together a couple more decent results to maintain that status. Garcia reached the semi-finals in Bastad, and made quarter-finals in Toronto and Tokyo. Can she add another quarter final to the list by taking down Cibulkova on Wednesday?

Cibulkova won their only previous meeting in Madrid last year, when she recovered from being bageled in the opening set to score a 0-6 6-3 6-4 victory. Both ladies are playing very well at the moment, and they will both take the game to the other, but Cibulkova to me moves and defends better than Garcia, and that could be the decisive factor in this contest.

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