Cibulkova leads their previous meetings 3-2. Their most recent match was in May 2016. Cibulkova won on clay in 3 sets. Pavlyuchenkova has won both their outdoor hard court matches.
Defending champion Pavlyuchenkova beat Flipkens in 2 tight sets yesterday. Her form coming into this tournament wasn’t great but she has the motivation of trying to defend her ranking points this week.
Cibulkova has looked very comfortable in her 2 matches and has not dropped a set. She has a better record indoors this year but with Pavlyuchenkova having more to play for I am expecting a great match.
Three sets seem likely. I have to favour Cibulkova to get the win. She starts around 1.50. Back her if she is broken or if she loses set 1.