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WTA Hobart 2016 order of play for Monday, January 11 - Cibulkova, Niculescu in ation today

Suneer Chowdhary in News 11 Jan 2016
Can Dominika Cibulkova win her opener?

The first round of matches at the 2016 WTA Hobart will be live on Monday, January 11 with Dominika Cibulkova and Monica Niculescu heading the draw.

Third seeded Slovakian Cibulkova will take on Johanna Konta of Great Britain at the Centre Court in the afternoon. Konta was in action at the WTA Shenzen last week where she was sent packing from the first round by Qiang Wang in three sets.

She had been in decent form towards the end of last season with a quarterfinal appearance at the WTA Wuhan. She beat the likes of Andrea Petkovic, Victoria Azarenka, and Simona Halep on her way to the quarterfinal where she was eventually stopped by Venus Williams.

Cibulkova made the second round at Brisbane last week. She beat Yanina Wickmayer in the first round before being taken down by Roberta Vinci in straight sets. The two have not met in the past but the third seed will be fancied to make the next round.

Romanian fourth seed Monica Niculescu is to take on American Christina McHale late in the afternoon on Monday. Niculescu was in action at the WTA Shenzen last week where she exited at the second round at the hands of Timea Babos.

McHale was beaten by Caroline Wozniacki in the second round at the WTA Auckland last week after she beat Misaki Doi in straight sets in the first round. The pair have met thrice in the past with McHale boasting a 100 percent record against her opponent. The American will start as the favourite to claim her fourth victory over Niculescu.

Fifth seeded Madison Brengle is to take on Dutch qualifier Kiki Bertens at the Tasmania court in the afternoon. Brengle exited the Brisbane International at the second round last week with Angelique Kerber beating her in straight sets after she beat Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round.

Bertens qualified for the first round at the WTA Auckland last week before she was sent packing by Barbora Strycova. She has come through the qualifiers once more as she beat Veronica Cepede Royg in the final qualifier to make sure of her place in the main draw.

These two ladies have met twice in the past with both having some success against each other. Their last meeting came at the 50k Osprey event in 2014 where Bertens had the last laugh.

Here's the 2016 WTA Hobart Order of Play for Monday, January 11:

Centre Court 

Starting at: 11:00 am
[Q] Naomi Osaka (JPN) v [WC] Jarmila Wolfe (AUS)
Johanna Konta (GBR) v Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) [3] 
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)
Monica Niculescu (ROU) [4] v Christina McHale (USA)

Not before 7:00 pm
Heather Watson (GBR) v Teliana Pereira (BRA)
[WC] Madison Inglis (AUS)/Jessica Moore (AUS) v Darija Jurak (CRO)/Nicole Melichar (USA) [4] 

Court Events Tasmania 

Starting at: 11:00 am
Mona Barthel (GER) [9] v Misaki Doi (JPN)
Madison Brengle (USA) [5] v [Q] Kiki Bertens (NED)
Danka Kovinic (MNE) v [WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Barbora Strycova (CZE) [6] 

Court Heart FM

Starting at: 11:00 am
[LL] Pauline Parmentier (FRA) v Nao Hibino (JPN)
Annika Beck (GER) v [Q] Kurumi Nara (JPN)
[LL] Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) v [Q] Laura Pous-Tio (ESP)



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WTA Hobart 2016 order of play for Monday, January 11 - Cibulkova, Niculescu in ation today

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