It was quite clear even during the US Open Series that the Race to Singapore was going to be manic with so many players in the running. While it has been eventful and intriguing to follow, in equal measures it has become an ever-lengthening maze of uncertainty and confusion. There is less than one week to go until Singapore and three of the players are yet to be confirmed! It’s a tough situation for the WTA but they haven’t helped themselves with the scheduling of tournaments and contradictory information being posted on their website and social media accounts. Earlier today, the WTA confirmed that Angelique Kerber had qualified for Singapore only to retract the post. Sooooo… the current situation appears to be this.
In the only second round match from Moscow to be played on Tuesday, Carla Suárez Navarro will play Dominika Cibulkova. Suárez Navarro was originally drawn to play Kristina Mladenovic in the first round but was bumped up in the draw after Agnieszka Radwanska pulled out, therefore earning a first round bye. Cibulkova recovered from a 2-5 first set deficit in her first round match against Elena Vesnina, winning 11 of the last 12 games to prevail, 7-5 6-1 in one hour and 37 minutes. Vesnina had a set point when serving for the first set at 5-4 but Cibulkova broke back in a longgg game on her fifth break point.
Cibulkova leads the head-to-head against Suárez Navarro, 3-0 and has won all three matches in straight sets. The intensity of Cibulkova’s groundstrokes have given her the edge in this match-up and she demonstrated this just last month in Tokyo with a 6-4 6-4 second round victory. This is a huge match for Carla in terms of Singapore but i’m sure Domi will be motivated to end her year on a high and set herself up for 2016. Currently ranked at number 33 in the world, Cibulkova will be eager to grab a seeding for the Australian Open where she will be defending quarter-final points. After that though, Cibulkova will be defending nothing until June…
You can’t argue with the head-to-head in this match-up and add to that, a first round win and an opportunity to adjust to the courts in Moscow… Domi for the win.
Prediction: Cibulkova d. Suárez Navarro in 2 sets