CARLSBAD, CA - JULY 22: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia kisses the trophy after defeating Marion Bartoli of France during the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open Presented By Tri-City Medical at La Costa Resort & Spa on July 22, 2012 in Carlsbad, California. Cibulkova won 6-1, 7-5. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Mercury Insurance Open 2012: Dominika Cibulkova Defeats Marion Bartoli For Championship

The finals for the 2012 Mercury Insurance Open were played on Sunday in Carlsbad. No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli was unable to defeat Dominika Cibukova for the title.

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Mercury Insurance Open 2012: Dominika Cibulkova Takes Title

Carlsbad hosted the 2012 Mercury Insurance Open over the past week and it all culminated in Sunday's finals match between the top two seeds in the tournament. The WTA tune-up event for the U.S. Open featured plenty of exciting play, including a breakout performance by qualifier Yung-Jan Chan, who made it all the way to the semifinals.

No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli took on No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova on Sunday afternoon for the title. In a bit of a surprise, Cibulkova was able to topple Bartoli in straight sets, by a final score of 6-1, 7-5. Cibulkova needed just 34 minutes to take the first set, breaking serve three times and winning six straight games after Bartoli confidently held serve to open things up.

Bartoli jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second set before Cibulkova came roaring back to claim the trophy. Cibulkova now leads Bartoli 3-2 all-time in matches between the two women.

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Mercury Insurance Open 2012: Marion Bartoli Will Play Dominika Cibulkova In Sunday's Finals

The 2012 Mercury Insurance Open has arrived at its final day in Carlsbad. The finals of the WTA tune-up tournament for the U.S. Open will take place on Sunday, as the top two seeds in the annual women's event will face off.

No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli of France will go toe-to-toe with No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. Cibulkova defeated No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova in straight sets to advance, while Bartoli had an epic three-set match with qualifier Yung-Jan Chan before picking up the win to advance. Chan had a spectacular and surprising run through the tournament, but fell just short of reaching the finals.

ESPN 2 will carry the finals match from coast to coast on Sunday. The live coverage will begin at 2 p.m. PT and will run until roughly 4 p.m. PT.

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2012 Mercury Insurance Open: Finals Match Set For Sunday

The semifinals of the WTA 2012 Mercury Insurance Open took place on Saturday in Carlsbad. The tune-up for the 2012 U.S. Open is nearly at an end, as the finals are now set for Sunday's championship match.

In the day's first semifinal matchup, No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia had little trouble dispatching No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova of Russia. Cibulkova advanced to the finals by defeating Petrova in straight sets, 7-6 (8), 6-1.

In the final match of the evening, qualifier Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei looked as though she would continue her string of upsets all the way to the finals, but ultimately met her match in No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli of France. After Chan took the first set with ease, Bartoli roared back for the victory in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3

Cibulkova and Bartoli will meet in the finals on Sunday.

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Mercury Insurance Open 2012: TV Schedule & Order Of Play For Semifinals

The action has been intense in Carlsbad throughout the WTA's 2012 Mercury Insurance Open, also known as the Southern California Open. The competition has boiled down to the semifinals, which will take place on Saturday. The championship match will be held on Sunday to wrap things up.

The Tennis Channel will air the first semifinal match on Sunday, which will pit No. 4 seed Nadia Petrova of Russia against No. 2 seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. That match will air from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. PT.

In the second semifinal match, qualifier Yung-Jan Chan will try to close out her impressive run by securing a spot in the finals. She will go up against Marion Bartoli of France. That match will air live on ESPN 2 and coverage will begin at 8 p.m. PT.

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Mercury Insurance Open 2012: Vania King Tries To Make A Splash

The 2012 Mercury Insurance Open will be held in Carlsbad. The women's Open tournament will be viewed as a tune-up for the U.S. Open.

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