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Dominika Cibulkova vs Lesia Tsurenko WTA Toronto live stream: Slumping Cibulkova begins Rogers Cup campaign

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 7 Aug 2017
Dominika Cibulkova (Photo by Chirs Eason)

Dominika Cibulkova attempts to kick-start her underwhelming season when she opens her Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto on Monday against Lesia Tsurenko.

Watch and bet on Cibulkova vs Tsurenko live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their first round clash begins around 12.30pm local time on Monday (5.30pm BST).

After finishing last year at a career-high No. 5 in the world, Dominika Cibulkova has slipped to No. 11 coming into the Rogers Cup in Toronto, and if she doesn’t pick up some points during the remainder of the US Open series, she risks falling outside the top 15 and even further as the season heads into Asia following the North American hardcourt summer. With just three wins in her last 10 matches, Cibulkova is really struggling at the moment - can she find her best tennis in Canada, where she enjoyed a fantastic run to the final in Montreal all the way back in 2008? Her opponent on Monday - the always-solid Lesia Tsurenko - has also experienced nice moments in Canada, namely making the quarter-finals as a qualifier in Toronto in 2015. Can she replicate that form again? Cibulkova and Tsurenko take to court around 12.30pm local time on Monday (5.30pm BST).

Firmly entrenched in the world’s top four in March this year, it’s been quite an alarming fall from grace for Cibulkova, who has since fallen to No. 11 with a poor 16-15 record for the season. It’s a far cry from the success of last year, where Cibulkova went 52-21 after winning titles in Katowice, Eastbourne and Linz, finishing runner-up in Acapulco, Madrid and Wuhan and picking up the biggest title of her career at the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore, overcoming a 1-2 record in the group stage to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber in the semis and final to claim the prestigious title.

But Cibulkova hasn’t been able to back up those stellar achievements in 2017, or even come close if we’re being frank. The 28-year-old hasn’t made a quarter-final since a pair of semi-final showings in February at St. Petersburg and Doha, while she’s also yet to defeat a top 10 player all year. There haven’t been any signs that Cibulkova is about to turn a corner either, losing seven of her last 10 matches, with her last tournament actually one of her better ones in 2017 comparatively speaking - a third round loss in three sets at Wimbledon to rising star Ana Konjuh.

Cibulkova has had success in Canada over the years - she burst onto the scene in her Montreal debut all the way back in 2008, defeating Elena Vesnina, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, Jelena Jankovic and Marion Bartoli before losing in the final to Dinara Safina, while she also made the quarter-finals in Toronto in 2013, beating Angelique Kerber and Roberta Vinci along the way. After a second round loss to Eugenie Bouchard in Montreal last year, can Cibulkova conjure up a deep run in Toronto?

Lesia Tsurenko will be trying to add to Cibulkova’s recent woes, and the Ukrainian will certainly fancy her chances of registering the ‘upset’ after enjoying some solid results over the last 12 months.

Currently ranked just one spot off her career-high mark of No. 29 in the world, Tsurenko has been playing well since the culmination of her US Open Series last year, making the R16 in New York - where she actually beat Cibulkova - and picking up the second WTA title of her career in Guangzhou during the season-ending Asian swing. Tsurenko continued her good form into 2017, making the semi-finals of the Hobart International, while she captured the third WTA International title of her career in Acapulco back in February, toppling French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Kristina Mladenovic along the way.

Tsurenko enjoyed consistent results at the slams in Europe, making the third round of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, falling to eventual champion Jelena Ostapenko and semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova respectively, while she also made the semi-finals on the grass of s-Hertogenbosch and the quarter-finals in Stanford last week. Tsurenko also has fond memories of Toronto, coming from qualifying in her debut appearance in 2015 and beating Garbine Muguruza on her way to the quarter-finals.

Cibulkova leads their H2H 2-1, but as mentioned above, Tsurenko won their last meeting at the US Open in 2016, while Cibulkova’s two wins came on clay all the way back in 2013. Considering Tsurenko beat Cibulkova during the Slovakian’s best season on hardcourts, you’d have to give her a strong chance of doing so again on Monday. Cibulkova is down on form and confidence, while Tsurenko has been very consistent over the last 12 months. If Tsurenko remains solid, it could be another long afternoon and early exit for Cibulkova again in 2017.

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