WTA Madrid Open, Semi Final: Cibulkova v Chirico (13:00)

This will be the first time they have met.

Cibulkova has lost the opening set in her last 3 matches. She has come back each time with a 6-3 second set. This time it was Cirstea who couldn’t finish her off.

Chirico continued to play well above her average standard. She beat Ivanovic and then got a break when Azarenka withdrew. She took full advantage by beating Gavrilova in straight sets yesterday.

It wouldn’t be crazy to expect another slow start from Cibulkova. I won’t be backing her at 1.47 and will wait for her to be broken before backing. Her experience should be too much for Chirico and also the American has already played 5 matches as she came through the qualifying rounds.

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