Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco SF Preview
?? (3) Daria Gavrilova vs ?? (7) Lesia Tsurenko
Lesia Tsurenko is now just two steps away from successfully defending her title in Acapulco. The Ukrainian loves the Abierto Mexicano, Tsurenko has won her last 8 matches at the event, all in straight sets. Tsurenko will look to keep her dream run going on Friday when she comes up against Daria Gavrilova in the first semi-final of the day. This has been a good match-up for Tsurenko who is yet to lose a match to the Aussie.
Daria Gavrilova has certainly not been at her best this week but she has competed hard and claimed some critical victories. Gavrilova took a late wild card into the event as she looked to gain some much needed momentum. The decision is seemingly paying off, Gavrilova started the week with a scrappy 3 set win over Madison Brengle before beating Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa in straight sets. Gavrilova confirmed her spot in the final 4 with a gritty win over Veronica Cepede Royg, Gavrilova outlasted her opponent, winning 6-4 4-6 6-2. Gavrilova’s serve remains a big issue but her defensive skills and variation from the baseline make her a tough opponent.
Lesia Tsurenko has cruised through to the semi-finals in Acapulco without dropping a set. Tsurenko started her title defense with commanding straight set wins over Lauren Davis and Arina Rodionova before booking her spot in the final 4 with a 6-2 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Tsurenko produced a high quality performance to blitz Mladenovic in what was a rematch of last year’s final, it was almost a perfect match from the defending champion.
Tsurenko enters this clash with a 4-0 record over Gavrilova. All 4 of their previous matches were on a hard court. Most recently, a 6-2 6-3 win for Tsurenko in a Fed Cup tie last year.