By Blair Henley | Monday, March 24, 2014
Since becoming the first female Slovakian to reach a Grand Slam final at the 2014 Australian Open, the world has started to recognize what Dominika Cibulkova has known all along:
“I'm really powerful on the court,” a smiling Cibulkova said in Australia. “I have very good groundstrokes. My forehand is pretty fast. When I play my great tennis, I'm really aggressive…that's what I do the best.”
Currently sitting at a career-high ranking of No. 11, the 24-year-old has backed up her success Down Under with a win in Acapulco and a run to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. She’s looking to keep her momentum rolling in Miami.
And no mention of Cibulkova is complete without a nod to her compact build. At 5-foot-3, she’s one of the tiniest players on the women’s tour. But one look at her game, and it’s clear she isn’t lacking in the power department. Her signature “Pome!” exclamation after a point (“let’s go” in Slovakian) only enhances her infectious energy on the court.
So would she change her height if she could? Watch the video to find out! Plus, hear about her strangest fan experience and how her life has changed since Australia.