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Cibulkova Loves On-Court Coaching

Count Dominika Cibulkova among strong proponents for on-court coaching—when she's in the mood to apply her coach's advice.

Cibulkova, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6 (8), 6-4, in her Qatar Total Open opener on Monday, said on-court coaching has been beneficial for her.

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"I'm the kind of player that I really use it a lot," said Cibulkova, who faces Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia tonight. "And it helped me in a lot of matches because when my coach comes on the court and I'm in the mood that I can take his advice and I'm able to do it on the court, then sometimes he can really help me, just tell me, okay, Domi, be more calm, and okay, this is working; you just have to keep going, she hit some good shots.

"So yeah, this is something I really love, and I'm one of the players that really use on-court coaching, and it helped me to go through some matches in my career."

This week in Doha, Cibulkova is playing without coach Matej Liptak by her side. Liptak,captains the Slovak Fed Cup team and could not make the trip following the team's 4-1 Fed Cup victory over Russia in Bratislava last weekend.

"After I played in St. Petersburg, and it was not easy because my coach is a Fed Cup captain," Cibulkova said. "So during that week he was with the girls practicing, and I was just in the other place practicing without him. So it was tough one, and he's not here with me.

"But I'm just trying to do my best. I'm very experienced player, and I was working on just my serve and all that stuff because playing wise I feel really good. So I'm just trying to put into the matches and get some more matches to win in a row."

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