Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco R2 Preview
?? (7) Lesia Tsurenko vs ?? Arina Rodionova
Lesia Tsurenko continues her title defense at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Wednesday with a second round clash against Australia’s Arina Rodionova. Tsurenko started her title defense in style with a straight set win over Lauren Davis, it is important for the Ukrainian to have a good week in Acapulco or her ranking will take a slide. She will be favoured to progress past Rodionova.
Tsurenko secured her spot in the second round in Acapulco with a 6-4 6-1 win over Lauren Davis. There were some nervy moments for Tsurenko, in the opening set she dropped 4 consecutive games but managed to win 9 of the last 10 games to cruise to the finish line. Tsurenko has been fairly disappointing in 2018 but will be extremely focused and motivated to do well this week as she aims to defend her title.
Arina Rodionova received a slice of fortune as she booked her spot in the second round in Acapulco. Rodionova benefited from the retirement of Kateryna Kozlova after the Aussie won the opening set. The win was Rodionova’s first main draw victory at the WTA tour level in 2018, albeit via a retirement.
This will be the first tour level meeting between the pair. There is a huge gulf in class between these two, 80 ranking points separate the two, Tsurenko is clearly the more established player at this level.