Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco QF Preview
?? (3) Daria Gavrilova vs. ?? Veronica Cepede Royg
An interesting quarter-final match-up in Acapulco sees the third seeded Daria Gavrilova come up against Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Gavrilova has scrapped her way into the final in 8 in Acapulco, the Aussie has not been at her best but has competed well enough to stay alive. Cepede Royg is playing great tennis, defeating two more fancied opponents to reach the final 8 in Acapulco. Can Cepede Royg claim a third consecutive upset victory?
Daria Gavrilova is competing in Acapulco the first time. The Aussie started the week with an unconvincing 3 set win over Madison Brengle, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 triumph. Gavrilova overcame a couple of tough moments to get past Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa, 7-5 6-3. Gavrilova’s serve continues to be a big problem, Gavrilova has hit a whopping 23 double faults in her first 2 matches this week. Gavrilova will need to improve her level if she is to advance any further this week as she comes up against an in-form Cepede Royg on Thursday.
It has been a brilliant week for Cepede Royg. The Paraguayan started the event with a memorable 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic. Cepede Royg backed up one of the biggest wins of her career with an equally impressive win, a 7-6 6-1 win over the 5th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu. Unlike Gavrilova, Cepede Royg is serving very well this week. Cepede Royg was broken on just one occasion in her win over Begu and was strong on serve against Bencic.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.