Cibulkova powered to her first title of 2016, and her fifth WTA hardware in total in commanding form. The Slovakian was quickest out of the blocks, flying to a 4-0 lead before the Italian finaly got herself on the board. Beginning to settle into her game Giorgi took advantage of the briefest of wobbles from Cibulkova to mount an attack of her own.
She got one of the breaks back saving two set points in the process before foiling Cibulkova’s attempts to wrap up the first set. She put her under pressure once more as she stepped up for the second time of asking, forcing the Slovakian to save two break points before finally putting the set away.
There was a feeling that the Italian really needed to pocket that set to give herself the best chance of not ending up the bridesmaid for a third time, but Cibulkova was on a roll, and how.
She would break the Italian three times on the first attempt each time, as she made up for being edged in Acapulco earlier in the year.
Speaking on court after the match, Giorgi said: “Thank you for coming and supporting me all week. It was really nice to be here this year again, and I hope to come back next year.”
For Cibulkova, it has been a long road back, having missed five months in 2015 thanks to an Achilles surgery and the former Australian Open finalist dropped out of the Top 10 and out of the Top 60 but her win here places her within reach of a Roland Garros seeding, as she enters the Top 40 again.
“I would like to thank the city of Katowice for making such a friendly event for us, especially for me, it was very nice to drive three hours for a title!
“I was really surprised playing for the first time in Poland, it feels like home. I really appreciate it, so thank you.”
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