Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova met in the 2016 WTA Tour Finals on Sunday in a match that was played from Singapore. At stake was the prestigious title, one that had eluded both players over the course of their careers. However, the title would not elude Cibulkova on Sunday as the Slovak upset Kerber in the final 6-3, 6-4.

Kerber was never able to get much of a footing in the match. The World No. 1 had been the best player ahead of the final as she rattled off four straight wins in the round robin and semifinals combined. Furthermore, she had a 5-0 record against Cibulkova in recent seasons, the latter not defeating Kerber in several years.

The win will send Cibulkova up the rankings on Monday as she projects as the World No. 5.

Cibulkova came back from the brink

Cibulkova was 0-2 after two matches in the round robin stage of the tournament. She sat in last place in the Red Group at that point and she needed to both win her last match and hope for a favorable result in another one that she had no control. Both events went her way and then she came from behind to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsovain the semifinals. In the championship match, she had difficulty closing Kerber out, however a net court on the Slovak'sfourth match point sealed the victory and awarded her the most prestigious title of her career.

Kerber shutout since 2016 US Open

Angelique Kerber has not responded well to getting the World No. 1 ranking. She certainly hasn't been a closet champion as she has contested four tournaments since winning the US Open. However, she is 0-4 in those tournaments with the WTA Tour Finals arguably the most disappointing loss.

She appeared to be destined for a title after going 3-0 in the round robin stage and then beating Agnieszka Radwanska handily in the semifinals. However, more titles for the German will have to wait until 2017.

She has a major title defense at Melbourne Park coming up in two months time, one that she will need to be ready for.

An early loss at the 2017 Australian Open and Kerber would be vulnerable to a ranking slide. Meanwhile Cibulkova, who made the 2014 Australian Open final, looks dangerous heading into the new season in January.

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