What Dominika Cibulkova lacks in height—she stands just 5’3”—she makes up for with quick feet and potent ground strokes. She made a name for herself in 2009 when, at the French Open, she became just the second woman from Slovakia to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam. Seeded 20th, she fell to No. 1 seed Dinara Safina in the semis. Despite making noise at Roland Garros at such a young age, it would be another two years before she would capture her first title, in Moscow. In 2014—again seeded 20th—she reached her first Grand Slam final, at the 2014 Australian Open. She took Li Na to a first-set tiebreaker, but dropped it in heartbreaking fashion and lost the following set 6-0 for a crushing defeat. A couple of months after her sensational run in Melbourne—she followed it up with a title in Acapulco—Cibulkova cracked the Top 10 for the first time in her career. In 2016, after losing the first two matches in Singapore, she won the WTA Finals for the biggest title of her career.
Dominika Cibulkova upset Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-1, 6-2, in the 2014 Australian Open semifinals to reach her first career Grand Slam final: