Caroline Wozniacki suffered another set-back on her way to the Australian Open after being defeated by Dominika Cibulkova, who converted four of her six breaks to end with a total score of 6-3, 6-3 at the opening match at the Sydney International.

This loss comes at the heels of the two straight-set losses that she suffered against Vera Zvonareva, who is ranked at No.2, and US Open Champion Kim Clijsters in Singapore and Hong Kong.

“Definitely it’s a bit tough to go from Hong Kong to Sydney and play really well here. But I felt pretty good out there. Just wasn’t my day. At the start of the new season, you always need to get into the match play.”

The defeat also makes Wozniacki the first top-seeded woman to lose in the opening match in the Sydney International since 2003. Wozniacki is not letting the loss get her down, however. She is set on returning to Melbourne to finish training for the Aussie Open, which opens on Monday. She has more confidence going into the Open and is set to win.

“Last year I had the same start - so hopefully slow start, good finish,” Wozniacki said. “You need to learn from the losses. I’m confident that for Melbourne I’ll be okay.”

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    Well I guess I don't have to spend the weekend fuigring this one out!