Maria Sharapova vs Dominika Cibulkova Tennis Prediction
The head-to-head record between the pair is a dead heat, with three wins to each. They split on clay evenly (2-2) as well. While Sharapova has won their 2008 Rome meeting, it is Cibulkova who prevailed in their latest encounter at the 2014 Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova News
Three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova negotiated a tough win over Ash Barty in two hours and 30 minutes (7-5 3-6 6-2) to register her first three-set win of 2018 after four failed attempts. This win improves her opening round record at Rome to 10-0.
The five-time slam champion Sharapova, who has won this tournament in 2011-12 and 2015, holds a 20-2 win-loss record at Rome, second-best among active players, only behind the four-time champion Serena Williams (23-2).
Sharapova was on a four-match losing streak until last week, something she hadn’t experienced in the last 15 years. At Madrid, she secured straight-sets wins over Buzarnescu, Begu and Mladenovic to register her second quarterfinal of 2018 (Shenzhen).
Dominika Cibulkova News
Dominika Cibulkova secures her first win since February by defeating the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-1 5-7 6-2. She could have wrapped the match up in straight sets had she taken one of the two match points that she earned in the second set.
Cibulkova arrived at Rome, a tournament where she reached the quarterfinal in 2012, with first-round losses at Rabat (l. #62 Hercog) and Madrid (l. #7 Garcia). In fact, the former world #4 and 2016 WTA Finals champion has gone 3-6 on clay since 2017.
Tennis Prediction: Maria Sharapova 2-0 SET