Dominika Cibulkova was 'bounced' out of the first round of the 2014 US Open by 15 year old CiCi Bellis which brought an end to her singles' participation in 2014 Grand Slam tournaments. The loss will sting as the talented tennis player knows that there is no way this young player should have beaten her but it was a good lesson for her that will serve her well in the future.
Since she reached the finals of the 2014 Australian Open she has become a 'marked' woman. She has been known as a 'talent' on the women's professional circuit but reaching the finals of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year meant that the the days of her 'sneaking up' on an opponent were over. The opportunity to 'sneak up' and get a win over an opponent are now reserved for young upcoming players such as CiCi Bellis and that is what happened in the first round of the US Open.
The young American won the match against Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 but in the eyes of many tennis observers the match was won in the first set. The moment the young American was able to see that she could win both on her serve and also on her return it gave her the confidence that she could actually compete against the number 12 ranked player in the world.
If Dominika Cibulkova had 'smashed' CiCi Bellis in the opening set it would have likely made it clear for the young American that she had no chance in the match but she gave her 'hope'.
Dominika Cibulkova has the talent and intestinal fortitude to overcome this shock loss and she will. In 2014 she has won the Mexican Open and established herself as a player who can win any tournament she is entered in as long as she does not overlook her opponents and does not forget how it was to be the underdog and thus plays in that manner.
It is an adjustment to go from being the 'the hunter' to the 'hunted' but considering how Dominka Cibulkova has 'broken out' this season it is one that many of her fans and observers predict she will soon become accustomed to. Look out for Dominika Cibulkova because she learned a lesson at the 2014 US Open that she will not soon forget: underestimate no one.