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Cibulkova Advances to Connecticut Open Final With Straight Set Win

Cibulkova Advances to Connecticut Open Final With Straight Set Win

As 2016 ended, Dominika Cibulkova was ranked fifth in the world and positioned to spend the next year as a weekly contender on the WTA Tour.

But the great expectations hovered over the tour veteran, even as she reached a career-high No. 4 ranking in March. It was a new dynamic for a player who spent most of her career outside the Top 10.

"I was putting too much pressure on myself," Cibulkova said. "I had a lot of expectation for myself. Every single match I was approaching, I was favorite. I didn't approach it in a good way. I was just putting too much pressure on myself."

The result? She was unable to reach the final in any tournament this year and...