Pome, pome, pome! Cibulkova battles past Lucic-Baroni in the first round of Wimbledon

Dominika Cibulkova

Fresh off her first grasscourt WTA title in Eastbourne, world No.18 Dominika Cibulkova summoned her best tennis to beat world No.53 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia in the first round of Wimbledon 2016.

The 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist Lucic-Baroni started out strong, going 3-1 up and having a chance to break for a 4-1 lead. However, her forehand on break point went long, Cibulkova held her serve, and leveled to 3-3 in the next game. A tight battle followed, especially in the eighth game in which Cibulkova wasted three break points, but the Slovak used her big chance in the twelfth game and broke Lucic-Baroni's serve to avoid a tiebreak and take the set 7-5 in one hour and 15 minutes.

Cibulkova's momentum was in full swing at the start of the second set, as she raced to a 4-0 lead, but Lucic-Baroni started complicating her opponent's life when she won three straight games of her own, two of which were breaks. However, Cibulkova fought back to again go up a break, 5-3, and held serve in the next game to win 7-5 6-3 on her first match point.

When it comes to Cibulkova's tennis outfit, just like I supposed, she didn't wear the slightly colored version of the white Lacoste Spring Dress that's available at retail and that Lacoste promoted as her Wimbledon look, rather, Domi sported a modified all-white version of the item. (photo: Jimmie48)

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