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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Hard-hitting Dominika Cibulkova to taste success in Strasbourg

Pavlyuchenkova may be second best

Dominika Cibulkova was triumphant at Eastbourne
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has yet to drop a set on her way to the Strasbourg International final, but she may be found wanting against the hard-hitting Dominika Cibulkova.

Bookmakers are finding it difficult to find a favourite with most firms going 10-11 the pair, but Cibulkova leads 7-3 in their personal series and recent evidence suggests she is slowly returning to her best.

Both clay meetings have gone the way of the Czech too and her speed around the court could be the deciding factor on Strasbourg’s slower surface.

Cibulkova, a former semi-finalist at the French Open, showed plenty of character to claw back Mihaela Buzarnescu in the last four and can ensure she heads to Roland Garros with a victory under her belt.

Peter Gojowczyk and Marton Fucsovics may need a deciding set to split them in the final of Geneva.

It's 10-1 bar 2-5 favourite Rafael Nadal for the French Open, which starts tomorrow. The women's Paris markets are much more competitive with Simona Halep 6-1 favourite ahead of 13-2 Elina Svitolina with Maria Sharapova a 12-1 chance.

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