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Cibulkova triumphs at Carlsbad Open

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Cibulkova triumphs at Carlsbad Open
Playing her first final since 2008, Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova downed Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli in straight sets at Carlsbad Open.

Second seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia defeated Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-1, 7-5 in the final of Mercury Insurance Open, Carlsbad.

"In the first set everything was going my way. My forehand was working today 100%, and also my serves and returns. So everything was just fine." Cibulkova said.

"In the second set I was up 1-0 and 40-0 on her serve, and I got a little bit nervous, starting to think about getting closer to the title. She's a great player and was fighting for every ball and went up 4-1, but I realized I was leading in a few of those games, so I knew I could turn it around again. And I just kept going.

She continued "I'm really happy I didn't give up and turned the second set around."

Cibulkova lost the first game of the match but relled off next six games in her favour. Bartoli took a 4-1 lead in the second set but Cibulkova won six of the next seven games to register the victory.

"The toughest part for me was to play three matches at night and then come to the day session," Bartoli said. "I played well to get the lead in the second set, but from there I started to feel a bit tired and wasn't moving so quickly anymore. And she was playing extremely well, which made me feel uncomfortable too."

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