Meet Dominika Cibulkova, the sexy Slovakian tennis player who surprised everyone by nearly shutting out Maria Sharapova in their quarterfinal match at the French Open. See photos, video and read a biography of Dominika below.
Sexy Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova shocked many yesterday, including herself, when she nearly shut out Maria Sharapova in her quarterfinal win over the Russian, 6-0, 6-2. It took only 75 minutes to take down the former Number One.
“In this moment I realized I can beat, you know, Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-0 and to go to semifinals in a Grand Slam,” Cibulkova explained later. “I got shocked a little bit, you know, and I realized everything.”
Cibulkova has a tough match ahead of her, playing Dinara Safina in the semi-finals on Thursday.
As a biography, Dominika Cibulkova was born on May 6, 1989 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, so her age is 20. This pretty pixie stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 121 pounds. Her foray into the tennis world began when she was seven years old, while growing up in Bratislava. Her parents are Katarina Cibulkova and Milan Cibulka. She is fluent in both Slovakian and English.
She turned professional in 2005, and competed on the ITF circuit. She won two tournaments – The Amarante in Portugal in 2005 and in 2006 won an event in her home town of Bratislava.
In 2007, Cibulkova made it to the 3rd round of the French Open, but lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova, and reached the 2nd round of the U.S. Open, but fell to Victoria Azarenka. She ended the year ranked No. 51.
2008 was filled with highlights for Cibulkova, most notably competing in the French Open and Wimbledon (where she lost in the first round for both events) and making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. See a full listing of her 2008 results here.
So far in 2009, she made it to the 4th round of the Australian Open but lost to Elena Dementieva. Thus far, her French Open play has seen her beat out Alona Bondarenko, Kirsten Flipkens, Gisela Dulko, Agnes Szavay and of course Maria Sharapova. She faces Dinara Safina on Thursday, her first Grand Slam semifinal.
On a personal note, she is dating Austrian tennis player Jurgen Melzer.
Photos and video of Dominika Cibulkova are below.
Dominika Cibulkova Video
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