Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams vs Dominika Cibulkova match preview

A look ahead to the quarter-final match in women’s singles

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The Independent Online

Serena Williams got her revenge on Garbine Muguruza, who took the world No 1 out of the French Open last year, and brushed passed her in the Australian Open fourth round.

Williams now has the prospect of facing her sister Venus in the semi-finals, but first she would have to beat Dominika Cibulkova, the current world No 10.

Williams is the clear favourite against a player who she faced four times in the past and has never lost to. However, Cibulkova has some outstanding performances to her name in Melbourne.

She began her campaign by beating her doubles partner - Kirsten Flipkens and then went on to defeat Tsvetana Pironkova, Alize Cornet and a two-time Australian Open champion - Victoria Azarenka.

We can’t forget either that she is last year’s runner up. When seeded 20th her run ended that of players like Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska.

The winner will face either Madison Keys or Venus Williams.

 

START: Wednesday, Rod Laver Arena, not before 1.30 am GMT

PAST MEETINGS:

2014 – Brisbane (Hard) Williams won 6-3, 6-3

2013 – Rome (Clay) Williams won 6-0, 6-1

2013 – Miami (Hard) Williams won 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

STATS…

So far Serena has won about 10 times more prize money than Cibulkova ($63,500,779 compared to $6, 281, 247)

Williams has the event’s most aces with 42.

In her win against Victoria Azarenka (6-2, 3-6, 6-3) Cibulkova won just three points more than her opponent.

ODDS…

Williams to win 1.15

Cibulkova to win 4.75

TV: British Eurosport

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