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Cibulkova - How Far Can She Go?

I think Cibulkova flies under the radar quite a bit. She isn't talked about too much when it comes to future champions. How far do you think she could go? I'm thinking top 5.

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She can have a Smashnova like career, being a terror on clay, picking up some minor titles and getting around #15-#20.

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I think she is a name that has been suggested as a rising star for about a year now but is yet to win a tour title or reach a tour final, although she did have some good chances in Guangzhou and Tashkent.
I think this will be her year finally to win a tournament, but it will be a smaller one. Maybe she could win a pre-Roland Garros tournament like Prague or Fes.
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Re: Cibulkova - How Far Can She Go?

It's hard to say at this point, she only came to my attention when she beat Venus but she certainly seems to have potential. I'd say 15-20 at least.

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I think she is a name that has been suggested as a rising star for about a year now but is yet to win a tour title or reach a tour final, although she did have some good chances in Guangzhou and Tashkent.
I think this will be her year finally to win a tournament, but it will be a smaller one. Maybe she could win a pre-Roland Garros tournament like Prague or Fes.
She'll reach Roland Garros final this year, but she'll lose to Dementieva.
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@ people saying top 5. No way in hell she has a top 5 game.

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she'll do well to make top 20

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Her progress especially on hardcourts over the last year has both surprised and impressed me. It will be very interesting to see how those improvements translate now she is back on her favourite surface. Early signs are excellent, beating Azarenka a player who has totally owned her in the past is a further indication of the rapid improvements in her game. For how long can she continue this rapid rate of improvement is something no one knows. It is still possible that she could be no more than a top 30 player, not that being a top 30 player isn't pretty damn good already or she could just keep getting better and better and eventually be a top 5 player. It is still to early to tell. Personally I would be delighted if it was the later.

Ok if i had make a guess I would say she will fall just short of the top 20 this year but she should eventually crack the top 20 and there stay there a while. She could get quite close to the top 10 too. But that's just a little guess, her career is yet to happen and it is still up to her and the fates as to where she will end up, not other peoples predictions.


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top 20, she will beat players when there off their game or on the dirt and will have a few good runs at tier 2's and pick up a few tier 3/4 titles. she will also make the most of what shes got and thats all you can ask.

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Re: Cibulkova - How Far Can She Go?

I describe Dominika as the "female Rafael Nadal", but her service game is more vulnerable than Nadal's, she must improve her serve a lot if she want to break into top 10.
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I think top 20 is about right. She has a nice game but not spectacular. But I wouldn't be surprised if she snuck into the lower reaches of the top 10 at some point in her career.
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Re: Cibulkova - How Far Can She Go?

She seems to be improving every week this year, finding herself. It'll be interesting to see, but given the types of players she's been able to beat and/or upsets she's been able to pull, I'd say she could be battling for a top 10 ranking in a year or two if she plays her cards right.

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