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Cibulkova wins WTA Finals on debut appearance

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By Euronews
Cibulkova wins WTA Finals on debut appearance

Dominika Cibulkova ended the season on a massive high after she beat World number one Angelique Kerber to win the WTA Finals in Singapore.

The 27-year old Slovak was making her debut at the elite eight-player season-ending event.

She had already lost to Kerber in the round-robin phase but advanced out of the group and then booked her place in Sunday’s final after a thrilling three-set victory over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In the final Cibulkova found her rhythm early on to put two time grand slam winner Kerber on the back foot.

She raced into 3-0 lead and then went on to seal the first set 6-3 in just 30 minutes.

Despite being a tournament debutant Cibulkova played the showpiece match like a seasoned veteran.

She carried her momentum into the second set which she comfortably won 6-4 to claim the biggest win of her career – a win that moves her up to number five in the world rankings.