Tennis: Pavlyuchenkova battles past Cibulkova for Strasbourg crown
(Reuters) – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova battled previous a decided Dominika Cibulkova on Saturday to win the Strasbourg Worldwide title with a 6-7(5) 7-6(3) 7-6(6) victory within the last.
Victory ensures Pavlyuchenkova heads to the French Open filled with confidence however the world quantity 31 was made to work laborious by Cibulkova earlier than she got here by in three hours 35 minutes to say her 12th WTA title.
Pavlyuchenkova isn’t any stranger to Cibulkova and Saturday’s conflict was the pair’s 11th assembly on the WTA tour.
Cibulkova, winner of seven earlier matches in opposition to her Russian opponent, began the match strongly by edging a decent opening set in a tiebreak.
Nevertheless, Pavlyuchenkova dragged herself again into the competition to drive a decider.
She then saved two match factors on the finish of the third set and held her nerve in a see-sawing tiebreak to prevail.
Pavlyuchenkova fired 13 aces and 73 winners within the match to remind her opponents on the French Open of the qualities that make her such a harmful participant.
Seeded 30th on the claycourt grand slam, Pavlyuchenkova takes on Slovenia’s Polona Hercog within the first spherical on Monday. Unseeded Slovakian Cibulkova meets 11th seed Julia Goerges.
The French Open begins on Sunday.
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; modifying by Clare Fallon