Lesia Tsurenko defended her WTA Acapulco title from a set down on Saturday night, defeating unseeded Swiss Stefanie Voegele 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-2 in the final of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC.
Voegele pushed the 2017 champion Tsurenko to almost three hours over three sets, coming into the final after an inspiring week that included an upset over No. 1 seed Sloane Stephens.
“It’s such a special tournament for me, winning here for the second time — this is just an unbelievable feeling for me to be here,” Tsurenko said afterwards. “It was amazing…It was almost three hours, we both were nervy and we were still fighting to the end.”
At one point Tsurenko hit four double faults in a row en route to losing the first set. In the second set the pair traded breaks three times before Tsurenko pulled out the tiebreaker, breaking with Voegele serving at 4-5. In the decider Tsurenko ran to a 3-0 lead before closing it out.
The 28-year-old Tsurenko won her fourth career title and the first since Acapulco a year ago. She improved to a perfect 4-0 in career finals.
Voegele was appearing in her first career singles final. The 27-year-old was also a doubles finalist at Bogota in 2012.
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