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?? (7) Lesia Tsurenko vs ?? Lauren Davis
Lesia Tsurenko will begin her Acapulco title defense with a tough opening round clash against America’s Lauren Davis. Tsurenko has made a mediocre start to the season and will hope to ignite her 2018 campaign in Acapulco where she played so well 12 months ago. Lauren Davis will be in action for the first time since her epic 3 set loss at the hands of Simona Halep at the Australian Open. This will be the first career meeting between the pair.
Lesia Tsurenko has a had a few good victories in 2018 but the Ukrainian has not been as consistent as she would have liked. Tsurenko arrives in Acapulco fresh off a decent week in Dubai. Tsurenko won 3 matches to advance through a tough qualifying draw in Dubai before succumbing to Sara Errani in the opening round. A vast majority of Tsurenko’s ranking points are to be defended this week, the pressure is on the 2017 Acapulco champion.
Lauren Davis showed just what she is capable of in epic third round clash at the Australian Open about a month ago, a match that ended 15-13 in the third set. Davis had match points in that match to beat the then world number 1, although she could not get over the line, it was still an impressive performance from Davis, one that should give the American confidence moving forward. Davis has not played a competitive match since the Australian Open but was in the squad for the USA’s 3-0 win over the Netherlands where she got value practise time with the Williams sisters.
It will be interesting to see how the first matchup between these two pans out.