Dominika Cibulkova is a Slovak former professional tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she won eight WTA Tour singles titles and two on the ITF Circuit.
Dominika Cibulkova was born on May 6, 1989, in Bratislava, Slovakia. She was introduced to tennis at the age of eight. Early in her career, Dominika Cibulkova predominantly competed on the ITF Women’s Circuit and managed to win two tournaments: the Amarante, Portugal event in 2005, and the Bratislava event in 2006.
In 2007, she debuted on the big scene. At the French Open, Dominika Cibulkova qualified and made her Grand Slam main-draw debut, reaching the third round. In the second round, she upset Martina Mueller after beating Sun Tiantian. She eventually lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also reached the third round in Amelia Island, beating Anabel Medina Garrigues but losing to her countrywoman Daniela Hantuchová and the quarterfinals of the ECM Prague Open, beating Gisela Dulko before falling to Victoria Azarenka. Her best finish of the year came in September, when she exited at the semifinal stage at the Guangzhou International Open in China. She lost to eventual champion Virginie Razzano.
In 2009, she reached the semi-finals of the French Open. While in 2010, reached the quarter-finals of US Open and a year later achieved the same at Wimbledon. The same performance at Wimbledon, she repeated in 2016 and 2018.
Dominika Cibulkova has the highest WTA singles ranking No 4, reached on March 20, 2017. She has 8 WTA titles and also won the WTA Finals in 2016, becoming the fourth player (after Serena Williams in 2001, Maria Sharapova in 2004, and Petra Kvitová in 2011) to win the tournament on debut.
Dominika Cibulkova reached the quarterfinals or better of all four Grand Slam tournaments. One of the most notable achievements of her career was the final appearance at the 2014 Australian Open when she became the first female Slovak to reach the championship round of a Grand Slam tournament.