This will be the first time since 2008 the tournaments will be held in July.
That year, Rafael Nadal was crowned champion in Toronto before winning gold at the Beijing Olympics a few weeks later, while Dinara Safina captured Rogers Cup in Montreal in advance of taking the silver medal at the Olympic Games.
It is Safin’s best result still in four visits to Perth though.
In the women’s match, Cibulkova earned the first break of the match early in the first set, but Safina broke straight back.
As the key warm-up before the Olympics, several top players could compete in doubles as well.
In 2008, doubles pairings at Rogers Cup in Toronto included eventual Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, Americans Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo, and Brits Andy and Jamie Murray.
It makes Hrbaty a dual winner to move into the company of Serena Williams, James Blake and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
The Russian, now ranked outside the Top 20, at No.21, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, has lost five successive matches: second round in Stuttgart to Shahar Peer, and then opening matches to Alexandra Dulgheru in Rome, Klara Zakopalova in Madrid, Kimiko Date Krumm at the French Open and the one yesterday on the grass of the Unicef Open to Magdalena Rybarikova.
That match lasted 2hrs 28mins and then in a 2hr 32mins battle befitting of the final of one of the best Hyundai Hopman Cups, Dominik Hrbaty beat Marat Safin 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (3). 19 teenager Cibulkova and veteran Hrbaty follows up the Slovak Republic’s win in 19.
Remarkably, the Slovak Republic has now won six straight Ties at Hopman Cups, having also gone through HHCXVII undefeated when Hrbaty won with Daniela Hantuchova.
Rogers Cup will be the largest hard court event in North or South America leading up to the Olympic event, to be held August 8-14.
With Aviva Centre and STADE IGA possessing the same surface as the Olympic venue, convenient flights and only a one-hour time change to Brazil, Rogers Cup will be a stop on the circuit not to be missed.Dinara Safina is a retired Russian professional tennis player who has an estimated net worth of .5 million.