(The result for this match has been included, and updated Changeover Staff Standings can be found at the bottom of this post)
WTA Premier Event – Sydney
Final: Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Dominika Cibulkova
Time: 3:30 AM ET – Friday, January 11th
Head to Head: 3-0, Radwanska
Radwanska won, 6-0, 6-0
Amy’s Pick: Tough one. Radwanska hasn’t dropped a set in the tournament, while Cibulkova has had a harder road to the final. But it’s probably most impressive that Cibulkova demolished both Kvitova and Errani, and beat Kerber in three sets. Maybe the time has come that Cibulkova will become more reliable about closing out big matches. I still have to go with Radwanska in straights.
Juan José’s Pick: I find it fascinating that these two haven’t played each other in almost five years. Cibulkova is in one of her blistering runs of form, but I still think that if Kerber hadn’t felt something tweak on her right hip yesterday, Ms. “Pome” wouldn’t even be here. Radwanska was very solid against Li Na yesterday, and she’s coming off a title run last week. The World Number 4 seems full of her very subtle kind of swagger, and she looks fresh. Radwanska is also a very good finals player (11 titles out of 15 finals), while Cibulkova, well, isn’t (2 titles out of 6 finals). I see everyone’s favorite Ninja taking this title in two swift sets.
Lindsay’s Pick: I have been hoping for someone to beat Aga all tournament so that she could get to Melbourne and start preparing for the Slam like a contender, but here she is in the final. So now I would like her to win because…why not? I picked Cibulkova to be a top 10er this year, and so I’m glad she’s off to a good start. I’ve always enjoyed watching her fight. But she only has a 2-4 record in finals. Aga has been solid for the last two weeks and I suspect she’ll do enough to make Domi miss. Aga in 3.
Lindsay: 6-1 Matches with Correct Number of Sets Picked: 5
Amy: 6-1 Matches with Correct Number of Sets Picked: 4
Juan José: 5-2 Matches with Correct Number of Sets Picked: 3