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22 April 2012

Mental strength key to victory, says Cibulkova

Audio interview


  • James Bryce/Eloise Horsfield

MARBELLA, SPAIN: Dominika Cibulkova analyses her gritty 64 64 victory over Silvia Soler-Espinosa which put Spain 2-1 ahead on Sunday.

"There were tough moments in the match that maybe showed that I'm better mentally," says the world No. 17, "and that was the key."

Soler, despite a disappointing loss, is still proud of her peformance this weekend after producing her first win over a Top 20 player on Saturday and displaying an aggressive approach in her second match against Cibulkova.

Daniela Hantuchova, who won the vital third point for her team, was thankful to be able to battle through pain to finish her match victorious, while her opponent, Lourdes Dominguez-Lino is positive Spain will bounce back from World Group II next year.

Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP) - 22/04/2012

Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) - 22/04/2012

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) - 22/04/2012

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) - 22/04/2012

Captain Matej Liptak (SVK) - 22/04/2012

Captain Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) - 22/04/2012

  • More photos

    • Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)Daniela Hantuchova and Captain Matej Liptak (SVK)
    • Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
    • Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP)Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP)
    • Lourdes Dominguez-Lino (ESP)Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)
    • Team Slovak RepublicDaniela Hantuchova (SVK)
    • Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)Team Slovak Republic celebrate victory
    • Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)Matej Liptak (SVK) and Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
    • Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)Club de Tenis Puente Romano
    • Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

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