By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Kristina Mladenovic, Jelena Ostapenko, Monica Puig
- Defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 4-6 7-6(5)
- British Interest: Heather Watson
- CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – With no Sloane Stephens, due to a foot injury that curtailed her season last year, the path is clear for a new champion.
Draw & Results
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Lucic-Baroni comes in as the top seed in this last stop before the Indian Wells/Miami double, and if her form (and indeed her body) holds up from her run to the semi-final of the Australian Open is anything to go by, she should be a good bet for a deep run. She was an a real roll in Melbourne – taking out Agnieszka Radwanska in the second round, Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-final before finally running out of steam.
Another member of the beating Pliskova club, Mladenovic already has hardware to her name this season after claiming the St. Petersburg title, after what had been a pretty ropey start to the year for the Frenchwoman. But she was curiously flat-footed and listless after a big win over the Czech in Dubai.
Having lost a real battle at the Australian Open (that Pliskova woman again), she has not really picked up the pace with first round exits at St. Petersburg and Dubai. She has a fairly decent draw if she can play her style of scrapping aggressive tennis and could be headed for a deep run.
Since winning the Olympic Gold in Rio, perhaps there were some high expectations on the Puerto Rican, but she crashed out of the US Open in the opening round. She finished the year with some wins in Tianjin but it took until Doha this year for her to get some consistent results this year. There were high hopes of a juicy re-match with Angelique Kerber in Dubai, but she was overpowered by the German.
She actually has a good draw for a decent run if she can put together the kind of form that she showed in Doha.
The Abierto Mexicano TELCEL takes place between 27 February to 4 March – (GMT -6 hours).
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