Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco R2 Preview
?? (5) Irina-Camelia Begu vs ?? Veronica Cepede Royg
An interesting second round match-up in Acapulco on Wednesday sees the 5th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu take on Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Begu and Cepede Royg both progressed to the second round in Acapulco courtesy of gritty comeback victories in the opening round. This should be a close match between two fairly similar types of opponents.
Begu looked down and out on several occasions during her opening round win over Christina McHale, Begu was too solid in the end as the 5th seed claimed a 3-6 6-2 6-4 win. Begu was twice down a break in the deciding set but immediately got back to parity on each occasion. Begu has generally been in decent form in 2018 and has a good opportunity to do some damage this week in Acapulco.
Cepede Royg claimed one of the biggest wins of her career to secure her spot in the second round in Acapulco. The Paraguayan defied the odds to come from a set down and defeat Belinda Bencic, a 4-6 7-6 6-3 victory. Cepede Royg is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment, her tennis on a hard court has improved greatly, she would not have been able to beat a player like Bencic on a hard court a few years ago.
It is Begu who holds a 2-1 record over Cepede Royg. All 3 of their previous matches were on a clay court in 2014. It was Cepede Royg who won their most recent match, 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the final of an ITF 50K event.