Cibulkova through after epic Singapore battle

Dominika Cibulkova reached the final of the WTA Finals following her win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Saturday.

In a match where it seemed the unstoppable force had met the immovable object, Cibulkova came back from a set down to beat the Russian 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 in two and a half hours.

Kuznetsova showed no signs of fatigue that was evident during her loss to Garbine Muguruza on Friday, as she played clean tennis in the opening set, reeling off six consecutive games to take the lead.

The second set saw the pair swap breaks halfway through. While the Slovakian would earn a crucial break to go 5-4 up, Kuznetsova dug deep to break right back to tie things up.

But Cibulkova would feel the pressure of serving for the set, allowing Kuznetsova to break her to love and force a tiebreaker. After some sensational groundstrokes, Cibulkova raised her fist in the air as she earned a deciding set.

True to form, the final set was another tense affair, with the momentum swinging one way then the other. First, Cibulkova went 2-0 before Kuznetsova won the next four games on the trot.

But then it was Cibulkova’s turn to be the aggressor, and it paid off as she broke Kuznetsova twice to reach the final.

Cibulkova – who had both her parents watching – was reduced to tears after the final rally, where Kuznetsova struggled to deal with a tricky net cord.

She will face either world number one Angelique Kerber or Agnieszka Radwanska – who play later today – in the final.

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