No. 7-seeded Lesia Tsurenko upset No. 2-seeded Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1, 7-5 for the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title.
It was the third career title for the 27-year-old Ukrainian and first of 2017.
“I’m really happy to start the season like this,” she said. “I had the semifinal in Hobart International and now this title here in Acapulco. It’s three of three now, it’s a 100 percent result for me and this makes me very happy.”
Mladenovic fell to 1-1 in title matches this year.
“It was a very difficult match, I felt very comfortable in the first set but in the second I felt quite nervous,” Tsurenko said. “She played better, and I think I was realizing that I could get the title and that was making me nervous. She really pushed me to play my best tennis because she was attacking a lot. I was just focusing on myself and doing everything that I can. I’m really happy to win.”
Mladenovic is now 1-4 in career finals.
“I just want to congratulate Lesia,” Mladenovic said. “You’ve played great today and all week, and especially with these tough conditions. Congrats on the title and on the rest of the season.”
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