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- Top Seeds: Sloane Stephens, Kristina Mladenovic, Daria Gavrilova, Zhang Shuai
- Defending Champion: Lesia Tsurenko
- British Interest: Heather Watson
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ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Lesia Tsurenko returns to defend her title, with 2016 champion Sloane Stephens still looking for her first win since winning the US Open title last year.
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Draw & Results
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With the US spring hard court swing looming, reigning US Open champion Stephens is still hunting for a first win since winning her maiden Slam. While it is not uncommon for a dip after a major win, she closed out the year with nothing, and had early exits in Sydney and Melbourne.
Someone who managed to snap her losing streak, the Frenchwoman made a run to the St Petersburg final, having struggled to put together back to back wins since Wimbledon. Since then though her confidence seems to have taken a dip also.
Both these sections of the draw could be open.
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Feisty Aussie Gavrilova is also looking for some wins. She hasn’t played since the Australian Open after her second round exit, and while she started her year well with a run to the Sydney semi-final, she is match-shy and with Belinda Bencic also in this quarter – we would say this one is open too.
Perhaps Zhang comes into this tournament the sharpest of the lot, with the most recent batch of wins on reaching the Budapest quarter-final. She is returning to the tournament for the first tie in four years, where she reached the semi-finals.
The Abierto Mexicano TELCEL takes place between 26 February to 3 March – (GMT -6 hours).
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