Dominika Cibulková (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈdominika ˈtsibulkoʋaː]; born 6 May 1989) is a professional Slovak tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won six career singles titles in all: four WTA titles and two on the ITF tour.
She has reached the quarterfinals or better of all four Grand Slam tournaments. The most notable achievement of her career to date was a finals appearance at the 2014 Australian Open. Cibulková became the first female Slovak to reach the championship round of a Grand Slam.
Cibulková was introduced to tennis at the age of eight in Piešťany. She was eleven when her family moved to Bratislava. She lists clay and hard as her favorite surfaces.
Her signature expression, “Pome,” translates to “Let’s go” or “Come on” in English. With the help of her friend Marion Bartoli, she began a clothing line featuring this statement in 2014.
She likes dogs and has two Yorkshire terriers which accompany her on tour.
In 2014, Steve Tignor of Tennis.com labeled Cibulková “a threat to everyone”.
Self-described as a player with “a lot of energy”, Cibulková employs an aggressive style that is largely founded on speed and power.She is recognized for her exceptional racquet-head speed, which enables her to produce deep groundstrokes with her forehand and powerful shots with her backhand. She is also known for approaching the net and finishing points with swing volleys.Her aggressive shots have been noted for their ability to force errors or produce winners during extended rallies.
On defense, she often attacks second serves with quick forehands, and hits prompt returns while taking the ball on the rise. Occasionally, she will break a prolonged rally by mixing in a drop shot. Her lower body strength creates quickness around the court, enabling her to reach and return shots.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2014||Australian Open||Hard||Li Na||6–7(3–7), 0–6|
WTA career finals
Singles: 12 (4 titles, 8 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in final||Score in final|
|Runner-up||1.||13 April 2008||Amelia Island Championships, Amelia Island, US||Clay||Maria Sharapova||6–7(7–9), 3–6|
|Runner-up||2.||3 August 2008||Canadian Open, Montreal, Canada||Hard||Dinara Safina||2–6, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||16 October 2011||Linz Open, Linz, Austria||Hard (i)||Petra Kvitová||4–6, 1–6|
|Winner||1.||23 October 2011||Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia||Hard (i)||Kaia Kanepi||3–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–5|
|Runner-up||4.||15 April 2012||Barcelona Ladies Open, Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Sara Errani||2–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||22 July 2012||Southern California Open, Carlsbad, United States||Hard||Marion Bartoli||6–1, 7–5|
|Runner-up||5.||11 January 2013||Sydney International, Sydney, Australia||Hard||Agnieszka Radwańska||0–6, 0–6|
|Winner||3.||29 July 2013||Stanford Classic, Stanford, United States||Hard||Agnieszka Radwańska||3–6, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||6.||25 January 2014||Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia||Hard||Li Na||6–7(3–7), 0–6|
|Winner||4.||1 March 2014||Mexican Open, Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||Christina McHale||7–6(7–3), 4–6, 6–4|
|Runner-up||7.||20 April 2014||Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Hard||Donna Vekić||7–5, 5–7, 6–7(4–7)|
|Runner-up||8.||27 February 2016||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||Sloane Stephens||4–6, 6–4, 6–7(5–7)|
Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||17 June 2011||Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Flavia Pennetta|| Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová
|6–1, 4–6, [7–10]|
|Runner-up||2.||21 June 2013||Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||Arantxa Parra Santonja|| Irina-Camelia Begu
Anabel Medina Garrigues
|6–4, 6–7(3–7), [9–11]|
Team competitions: 1 (1 title)
|Winner||1.||9 January 2009||Hopman Cup, Perth, Australia||Hard (i)||Dominik Hrbatý|| Dinara Safina
Singles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||Q1||1R||4R||1R||3R||2R||2R||F||QF||1R||0 / 9||17–9|
|French Open||A||A||3R||3R||SF||3R||1R||QF||2R||3R||A||0 / 8||18–8|
|Wimbledon||A||A||Q1||1R||3R||3R||QF||1R||3R||3R||1R||0 / 8||12–8|
|US Open||A||A||2R||3R||A||QF||2R||3R||1R||1R||3R||0 / 8||12–8|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||3–2||4–4||10–3||8–4||7–4||7–4||4–4||10–4||6–3||0–1||0 / 32||59–33|