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Dominika Cibulkova defeats Dinara Safina, Slovakia wins Hopman Cup

Dominika Cibulkova defeats Dinara Safina, Slovakia wins Hopman CupSlovakia's Dominika Cibulkova and Dominik Hrbaty won the 2009 Hopman Cup with victory over the Russian brother-sister team of Dinara Safina and Marat Safin in Perth on Friday.

Russia had been the favorites to win the mixed team event since world No.3 Dinara Safina and No.29 Marat Safin were ranked much higher than their respective singles opponents. However, not everything goes in accordance with the ranking.

World number 19 Cibulkova beat Safina 6-7(3) 6-1 6-4 for the first time, while world number 250 Hrbaty edged out the two-time Grand Slam champion Safin 6-7(5) 7-5 7-6(3).

The Slovak Republic have won their third Hopman Cup title. (sources: Reuters, Hompan Cup)

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5 thoughts on “Dominika Cibulkova defeats Dinara Safina, Slovakia wins Hopman Cup

  1. Kristine

    Congrats to Slovakia. Looks like Hrbaty's puttin' the moves on Domi. Tsk, tsk. lol

    I feel bad for Safin, tho. He just can't get a break. Hasn't won anything since 2005's A.O. Even w/a double combo w/his sister. For me, hands down he's the hottest guy on tour, but his gorgeous looks don't seem to be helping his tennis. *sigh*

  2. Jelena S.

    I can't belive someone defeated Safina. Looks like the top girls are a lil bit shaky at the begining of the season,what do you think?

  3. Marija

    @ Kristine Well, Domi's cute, you can't blame him.

    Oh, Safin is cool, I'm sorry that I have to compare, but much hotter than Verdasco.

    @ Jelena S. Jelena and Ana are more than shaky! But I wouldn't generalize. Look at Dementieva, she won the title at Auckland, and Venus rocks at JB Group Classic. Safina lost to Cibulkova but she had defeated Alize Cornet, Hsieh Su-Wei, and Flavia Pennetta.

  4. Zuleika

    If it weren't for a few untimely misses and atypical forehand errors off the racket of Dinara which the arrogant Cibulkova had capitalised on, -she would have won the break to win either 7-5 or 7-6 in the match tiebreaker. Mixed doubles would have then with Dinara's renewed confidence altered the outcome; nevertheless nothing will compensate for the Slovaks on court sportmanship and conduct were entirely disgusting and embarassing for the Slovak Republic's nation- in particular Cibulkova.

  5. Marija

    Zuleika, thank you for the insight. I'm interested in what Cibulkova was doing in particular? Why was she arrogant?

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