American stars Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys join defending champion Wang Yafan at the popular Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC, also known as the Acapulco Open, in 2020.
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WTA Acapulco Tournament Schedule
|Monday 24 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||R1|
|Tuesday 25 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||R1|
|Wednesday 26 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||Round of 16|
|Thursday 27 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||Quarterfinals|
|Friday 28 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||Semifinals|
|Saturday 29 February, 4pm local/10pm GMT||Final|
WTA Acapulco Players 2020
The Abierto Mexicano can always be relied upon to attract a strong field, for two main reasons: First, it is a popular and beloved event in its own right, often voted the WTA’s favourite International tournament; and second, its outdoor hard courts mimic the conditions at the upcoming major March events of the ‘Sunshine Double’, Indian Wells and Miami.
For these reasons, players are eager to tune up their games in Acapulco and the 2020 edition is no exception – here are some of the stars who will be in action when the WTA Abierto Mexicano begins on Monday 24 February.
Currently ranked world no. 11, Keys will be leading the field at the Abierto Mexicano. The big-serving American was a US Open finalist in 2017 and has won five WTA Tour titles at Premier level or higher. Already a Brisbane finalist in 2020, Keys will be looking for her first International title as she leads the field in Acapulco.
The woman who beat Keys in that 2017 US Open final joins her compatriot at the head of the Abierto Mexicano in 2020. Champion in Acapulco in 2016 when she beat Dominika Cibulkova in a hard-fought final, the former world no. 3 will be looking for her first title since Miami in 2018 at the 2020 Abierto Mexicano Telcel.
Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson recorded her first top 100 season in 2018 and impressed in 2019 with a very solid year, winning her first two WTA Tour titles in Nanchang and Tianjin.
Wang became the first Chinese player to win the Abierto Mexicano in 2019 when, unseeded, she produced a brilliant run to claim her maiden WTA Tour title, coming back from a set down against Sofia Kenin and Donna Vekic in the closing rounds.
One of Wang’s victims in 2019, Bouzkova will hope for revenge when she returns to Acapulco in 2020. The 21-year-old Czech, a Grand Slam champion as a junior, won the WTA 125k title in Guadalajara in 2019 and also made a surprise run to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup as a qualifier.
About WTA Acapulco
Ever since the formerly men-only Abierto Mexicano Telcel became a combined ATP and WTA Tour event in 2001, WTA Acapulco has been one of the most popular stops on the calendar for players and fans alike, who have voted it the WTA Tour Tournament of the Year eight times.
The Abierto Mexicano Telcel has been played at the luxury Fairmont Princess Hotel on the Pacific Ocean coast since 2001, when South Africa’s Amanda Coetzer won her first of two titles at the inaugural WTA Acapulco event.
Coetzer, who won her second title in 2003, was quickly joined by two-time WTA Acapulco champions Flavia Pennetta (2005, 2008), Venus Williams (2009-10), Sara Errani (2012-13) and Lesia Tsurenko (2017-18).
The latest phase of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel’s history began in 2014, when the tournament successfully transitioned from its former red clay courts to outdoor hard courts while staying at the same venue and keeping traditions – like the sombrero for its champions – which have been part of its unique appeal over the years.
The WTA Acapulco’s event surface change means that instead of being one of the events on the ‘Golden Swing’, the run of clay-court tournaments through South America in the spring, it instead begins the run-up to March’s major events at Indian Wells and Miami by offering top players a chance to tune up their games in close geographical proximity and in similar conditions.
Now a key battleground for late February, the first hard-court edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in 2014 was a major success. Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova came through a field which included Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Garcia to claim the title with a hard-fought 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4 victory over the USA’s Christina McHale in the final, an achievement which capped a sensational first quarter of the season for her.
In 2015 when five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova was struck down by food poisoning at the semifinal stage, it was Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky who flourished, the fifth seed defeating rising French star Caroline Garcia in the final 6-3, 6-0. Bacsinszky, who was all but retired from the game in 2013 and working in a hotel, started 2014 ranked world no. 48 but had risen to world no. 12 by the end of a season which included the Acapulco and Monterrey titles, runner-up appearances in Shenzhen and Beijing and a run to the French Open semifinals.
Two-time grand slam champion Victoria Azarenka headlined the 2016 edition of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, however she was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the tournament in the second round due to a wrist injury. Sloane Stephens and Dominika Cibulkova ended up taking advantage and reaching the final, where they ended up playing out one of the matches of the season. Eventually, after more than three hours, it was Stephens who prevailed 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) in a thrilling contest.
Lesia Tsurenko claimed the title in 2017, beating Kristina Mladenovic in straights sets in the final, and she successfully defended her crown in 2018, conquering Stefanie Voegele in three sets. Wang Yafan became the tournament’s first Chinese champion in 2019, coming back from a set down to beat the USA’s Sofia Kenin in the final.
WTA Acapulco Tournament Information
|WTA Acapulco||Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC|
|Dates||24-29 February, 2020|
|Venue||Hotel Princess Mundo Imperial|
|Draw size||32 singles/16 doubles|
|Category||WTA Tour International|
|Total financial commitment||$251,750|
|Reigning singles champion||Wang Yafan|
|Reigning doubles champions||Victoria Azarenka/Zheng Saisai|
WTA Acapulco Ranking Points
|Round of 16||30|
|Round of 32||1|
WTA Acapulco Champions
Here is a complete list of players who have won the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. Players who are still active in singles are given in bold.
NB: The tournament was played on clay courts until 2014, when it switched to hard courts.
|2001||Amanda Coetzer||Elena Dementieva|
|2002||Katarina Srebotnik||Paola Suarez|
|2003||Amanda Coetzer (2)||Mariana Diaz Oliva|
|2004||Iveta Benesova||Flavia Pennetta|
|2005||Flavia Pennetta||L’udmila Cervanova|
|2006||Anna-Lena Groenefeld||Flavia Pennetta|
|2007||Emilie Loit||Flavia Pennetta|
|2008||Flavia Pennetta (2)||Alize Cornet|
|2009||Venus Williams||Flavia Pennetta|
|2010||Venus Williams (2)||Polona Hercog|
|2011||Gisela Dulko||Arantxa Parra Santonja|
|2012||Sara Errani||Flavia Pennetta|
|2013||Sara Errani (2)||Carla Suarez Navarro|
|2014||Dominika Cibulkova||Christina McHale|
|2015||Timea Bacsinszky||Caroline Garcia|
|2016||Sloane Stephens||Dominika Cibulkova|
|2017||Lesia Tsurenko||Kristina Mladenovic|
|2018||Lesia Tsurenko (2)||Stefanie Voegele|
|2019||Wang Yafan||Sofia Kenin|