Learning From Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova
Diminutive Dominika Cibulkova claimed the biggest victory of her life, beating world #1 Kerber and winning the WTA year championships; but HOW she did it provides a lesson for all of us.

At a very modest 5’3”, the 27-year-old Slovakian crushed her forehand corner to corner. And even though Kerber is one of the best defensive players on the women’s tour, she eventually got overpowered.

Note: Cibulkova just made it into the tournament as the #7 seed of 8 players and actually had a losing 1-2 record in the round-robin portion and snuck into the finals by winning one more set than the others at 1-2. After an earlier victory in the semis of also-surprising Svetlana Kuznetsova, she said that “she has to stay aggressive at the end of a match and keep going for her shots.”

Therein lies the message to all of us… good offense will be good defense — especially at crunch time.

Your thoughts?

PS If Andy Murray wins this week at the Paris Masters (and Novak doesn’t make the finals) he will be the new World #1

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6 thoughts on “Learning From Cibulkova

  1. You’re killing me with that photo, George. Remember we are all supposed to be old guys. 🙂

    Marty, i would be glad to post that picture every time, if it keeps your comments so short and pithy! 🙂

  2. George!

    I like Cibulkova”s picture. Who cares if she can play tennis.

    Ron, the topic was a good excuse to post the pic! george

  3. Here is a training link from Top Tennis Training showing what hard work Cibulkova puts in: http://www.top-tennis-training.com/dominika-cibulkova-fitness-training/
    This is a tough training circuit and probably why she is so strong.

    Doug, well known online tennis guru Brent Abel recently posted a piece about “guys out on court 10, who actually practice all the time.” I agree… hard work pays off — even at our senior level. thanks, george

  4. George, I have to chime in on this one! Anyone one 5’5″ or smaller are always my idols. And based on your photo, that made it even better! In addition, many times hard work and tenacity can overcome any limited gifts! Larry

    Larry, all humor aside, big and mobile players have a huge advantage. Thanks, george

  5. I vote for more pictures!
    I watched that match, that girl can really play!!

    Terry, I agree with both! Thanks, george

  6. Cibulkova’s reaction after earning an easy put away at match point in the finals was priceless. She turned to her support group and all but laughed at missing an easy winner. She kept up the pressure game that had gotten her that far and earned another match point she won. The mental strength, emotional balance in that maybe once in a career situation for her makes our meltdowns on the court seem silly.
    Martina Hingis was not quite ready for prime time in that tournament – some great doubles play but too many uncharacteristic unforced errors. I hope she can have a good off season and compete well again next year.

    Winder, i agree… when she dumped that match point forehand into the net, she turned and smiled! Great reaction. george

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