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BIRMINGHAM, England - This time last year, Dominika Cibulkova says she was living "a fairytale" in both her personal and professional lives.

"I was planning a wedding and everything was so nice; I was winning and playing unbelievable," recalls the Slovak, who won her sixth WTA Tour title in Eastbourne ahead of a run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Her brilliant grass form was just part of a spectacular 2016, which she capped off with victory at the WTA Finals in Singapore and finished at a career-high No.5 in the WTA Rankings.

This year, the 28-year-old hasn't been flying as high: she has put together a more modest 14-12 win-loss record in 2017 and is yet to reach a final. Nonetheless, she relishes having to overcome a different sort of test.

"This year is much more for me about handling the pressure and fighting through really hard situations," Cibulkova said ahead of her first match at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. "It's another test, it's another experience and I accept the challenge."

This mentality was encapsulated last week at the Ricoh Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, where a first-round defeat in the singles event to Antonia Lottner was balanced by Cibulkova's first ever WTA Tour doubles title alongside Kirsten Flipkens.

"After my first-round loss it wasn't really easy, but I saw a little challenge in the doubles and I really wanted to do well," she reflected. It's given her a much-needed confidence boost too: as Cibulkova points out, "You are two on the court but you still have to do your job, play well and handle the tough situations."

The World No.6 will have another chance to rise to a challenge with her opening match in Birmingham against good friend and frequent practice partner Lucie Safarova, whom she has played eight times over the past decade.

"It's a tough first round," Cibulkova smiles. "But I'm here to accept the challenge."


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Aegon Classic preview: Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova lead the way in Birmingham. The first of two Premier events on the grass courts leading up to Wimbledon begin at the prestigious Aegon Classic in Birmingham. The defending champion was Madison Keys but she has withdrawn from the event. There will be a first time champion as 2015 champion and world number one Angelique Kerber was the latest to pull out.


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Aegon Classic preview: Elina Svitolina, Dominika Cibulkova lead the way in Birmingham
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The first of two Premier events on the grass courts leading up to Wimbledon begin at the prestigious Aegon Classic in Birmingham. The defending champion was Madison Keys but she has withdrawn from the event. There will be a first time champion as 2015 champion and world number one Angelique Kerber was the latest to pull out.
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Wimbledon is fastly approaching in two weeks but before many players on the WTA tour can think about the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament of the calendar. Some of the big hitters will participate at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham. Birmingham is known as the "Second City" in England as it is the second most populous city in England after London.

The Premier event was set to field its strongest lineup in years but a number of players have opted to withdraw from the event. A few of the notable absentees have had lengthy runs at the French Open, and some will opt to return to competition in Eastbourne. World number two Simona Halep and 2015 finalist Karolina Pliskova are amongst the notable absentees from the event. Halep was the runner-up at Roland Garros for the second time in her career, and Pliskova advanced to the semifinals for the first time losing to Halep, failing to wrestle the number one ranking away from Angelique Kerber.

The 2015 champion Kerber attended a press conference in Birmingham on Sunday to announce her withdrawal from the event due to suffering a left hamstring injury, which has hampered her since the Mutua Madrid Open, and she will be hoping to be 100% fit for Wimbledon, where she is the defending finalist.

The defending women's singles champion Madison Keys is also out of the tournament due to injury. Newly-crowned French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko will not be competing in Birmingham, after her sensational triumph in Paris. The reigning BNP Paribas Open champion Elena Vesnina is also absent from the event. Despite reaching the third round of the French Open, the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska is another big name to fall from the draw, missing the tournament on her favorite surface.

Nevertheless, the Aegon Classic has still got a strong list of players with three Grand Slam champions, and two Grand Slam finalists amongst the field of players. This will be the fourth successive year that the tournament will be a Premier event.


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Third time's a charm for Dominika Cibulkova in doubles | TENNIS.com

Dominika Cibulkova hasn’t exactly had the follow-up campaign to her dream 2016 season that she would’ve liked. So far this year, she has yet to make a singles final. Last year she won four tournaments, including the season-ending championship.

Perhaps things will begin to turn around for her after finally entering the winner’s circle—in doubles.

Cibulkova and Kirsten Flipkens won the title at the Ricoh Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this past weekend, knocking out the Dutch pair of Kiki Bertens and Demi Schuurs, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6, in the final.
It’s Cibulkova’s first career doubles title, and if she was going to break through, this was probably the venue to do so: Her previous two career doubles finals were at this tournament, in 2011 and 2013.

Unfortunately for Cibulkova, her singles struggles continued into this week. She lost her opener, 5-7, 7-6 (7), 7-5, to Lucie Safarova in Birmingham on Tuesday.


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Safarova steels past Cibulkova for Birmingham upset | WTA Tennis

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain - Lucie Safarova pulled off an epic win over reigning BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion Dominika Cibulkova, defeating the No.3 seed for the second time in 2017, 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-5, to reach the second round of the Aegon Classic.

"I guess we're both big fighters," Safarova said of the see-saw nature of the epic during her on-court interview. "Against Dominika, it's always such a tough match. We both played great today, and no one wanted to lose, so it kept going. I'm really excited that I won it."Lucie Safarova saved two match points to knock out No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova and advance into the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

Safarova had only beaten Cibulkova once in six matches before the 2017 season, but began turning around that head-to-head at the Miami Open, where she ousted the Slovak en route to the quarterfinals.

"We know each other's games very well, and we're good friends, too. It's a very strong tournament and a tough match-up for a first round. I'm just so pleased I won it."

Cibulkova enjoyed plenty of success on grass last year, winning the Aegon International in Eastbourne and going on to reach the last eight at Wimbledon ahead of her wedding.Lucie Safarova saved two match points to knock out No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova and advance into the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Cibulkova enjoyed plenty of success on grass last year, winning the Aegon International in Eastbourne and going on to reach the last eight at Wimbledon ahead of her wedding.

Coming off her first-ever WTA doubles title at the Ricoh Open last week with Kirsten Flipkens, the No.3 seed appeared to be in control for most the first two sets, twice getting within a game of victory in the second.

Safarova held her nerve - and her serve - both times to force a tiebreak. Twice trailing match points, the 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist saved both to force a deciding set.

"That's the beauty of tennis: until the last point is finished, you can still turn it around and win it. That's what I tried to do, always believing I could do it. I'm really happy I did."Lucie Safarova saved two match points to knock out No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova and advance into the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

Undaunted, Cibulkova edged ahead an early break, eventually leading 4-2, only to see Safarova surge back, winning five of the next six games to clinch victory after a two hour, 40 minute marathon.

A sparkling serving day certainly helped the Czech veteran over the finish line, hitting 15 aces to just five double faults, and winning 75% of her first serve points.

Up next for Safarova is Japanese youngster Naomi Osaka, who won a tense match of her own against American Lauren Davis on Monday.


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Brit Heather Watson pulls off stunning victory over defending champion Dominika Cibulkova at Eastbourne

Brit Heather Watson handed herself a well-timed boost ahead of Wimbledon
She claimed second-best victory in terms of ranking over Dominika Cibulkova
Watson won 7-5, 6-4 in just under two hours to secure a spot in the third round
Cibulkova won the tournament in Eastbourne last year but struggled this time

Heather Watson handed herself a well-timed confidence boost ahead of Wimbledon by beating world No 9 and defending Eastbourne champion Dominika Cibulkova.

In front of home support by the sea, the British No 3 won 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 42 minutes on Monday to secure a spot in the third round of the Aegon International.

It is the second-greatest win of Watson's career in terms of ranking – behind her beating of world No 8 Agnieszka Radwanska in the US in 2015 – and comes just in time for SW19.


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Heather Watson upsets defending champion Dominika Cibulkova for "best win of the year" at Eastbourne - Mirror Online

Heather Watson upsets defending champion Dominika Cibulkova for "best win of the year" at Eastbourne

Heather Watson recorded her best win of the year by shocking defending champion Dominika Cibulkova at the Aegon International.

The British No 2 lost in the first rounds at Nottingham and Birmingham and needed a wildcard to play in Eastbourne.

But the Guernsey star beat the world No 9 7-5 6-4 on Monday for only her second ever win over a top-ten player.

“It was my best win of the year,” said the world No 126. “The atmosphere was incredible and I was getting goosebumps at the end there. I feel like it’s coming together.”


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