The Slovak toppled world number one Angelique Kerber in the title match of the WTA Finals in October, claiming the trophy despite having lost her opening two group matches in Singapore.
If the 5ft 3in star can bring that level of tennis to Melbourne - as she did in 2014 when she reached the final - then she could very well become a Grand Slam contender again.
Cibulkova stormed through the draw as a big outsider three years ago before falling short against Li Na in the final but last year exited in round one.
With power which belies her height, Cibulkova has proved she can beat the world's best players. Whether she can win seven matches in a row in Melbourne remains to be seen.