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.
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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