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The WTA Tour continues this week, with Acapulco, Mexico, being the next city on the list to host the WTA tournament. The event will feature some of the promising names on the tour.

 

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The top seed is the Croat Mirjana Lucic Baroni, who is coming in after her brilliant run in the Australian Open. Having reached the semifinal there after a sensational performance, the World No. 34 will be eager to continue the same run in Mexico. Placed in her opposite half is the Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who quite recently won the St. Petersburg Open by defeating the likes of Venus Williams ans Roberta Vinci. Her last tournament was in Dubai, where she lost in the third round itself. Similarly, Monica Puig too played in the event in Dubai, where she lost in the early rounds. Prior to that however, she did reach the semifinal in Qatar Open. Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard is another big name to be highlighting this event. She is trying to reinvent her form on the circuit, and has an average start to the year so far.

 

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Lastly, there's the German Andrea Petkovic, who has had a poor start to this season. Nonetheless, she is a talented player, capable of producing some impressive wins.

 

Posted: 22nd February 2016

 

The Mexican Open is an outdoor hard court tournament held annually in Acapulco, Mexico. The tourney is held for both men and women, although offering a fairly different prize.

 

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While with the men that amount is north of $1.5 million, the ladies have to be content with a much smaller, $250.000 sum. Of course that wouldn't be the case if the WTA Tournament would belong to the Premier categories. The reigning champion is the Swiss Timea Bacsinszky who will try her luck at the Qatar Open, forfeiting the chance of defending her title. In her absence, top seed and world number 15 Victoria Azarenka will be followed by Sloane Stephens, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Johanna Konta, Alison Van Uytvanck, Johanna Larsson, Danka Kovinic and Yanina Wickmayer. The main favorite is obviously the Belarusian Azarenka who is not only a two-time Grand Slam champion (winning both titles in Melbourne) but also an 18-time WTA titlist.

 

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She will try to win her first Mexican Open title and if she can be successful, joining the top 10 again could quickly become a realistic goal. If not her, the American Stephens could end up with her third career WTA title.

 


Tags: WTA Tour, Mirjana Lucic Baroni, Kristina Mladenovic, Venus Williams, Roberta Vinci, Mexican Open, WTA Tournament, Timea Bacsinszky, Victoria Azarenka
Posted: 27th February 2017


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