Cibulkova eases into New Haven finals

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NEW YORK: Second seed Dominika Cibulkova powered into her first WTA finals of the year on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Slovakia’s Cibulkova will face either top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland or Australian Daria Gavrilova in Saturday’s title match in the final WTA tournament before the US Open begins on Monday.

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia looks on during her match against Elise Mertens of Belgium during Day 7 of the Connecticut Open at Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut. AFP PHOTO

Friday night’s match will be the first meeting between world number 10 Radwanska and 26th-ranked Gavrilova.

“It’s always very exciting to play someone for the first time after so many years on tour,” Radwanska said.

Cibulkova, the world number 11 who is chasing her ninth career title, needed just 69 minutes to subdue Mertens, ranked 47th in the world. AFP

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