Juan Martin del Potro and Lesia Tsurenko Win Acapulco Singles Titles
(March 4, 2018) Juan Martin del Potro and Lesia Tsurenko took home the singles trophies at the Mexican Open on Saturday in Acapulco. Del Potro is now 7-0 against Kevin Anderson, beating the South African in the final 6-4, 6-4. This is the Argentine’s 21st title on the ATP World Tour.
Lesia Tsurenko defended her women’s singles title with a 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory over Stefanie Voegele, rallying from a set and a break down. Tsurenko wins her fourth career WTA title, keeping her perfect record in finals at 4-0. She won Acapulco (2017), Guangzhou (2016) and Istanbul (2015).
She knocked out No.2 seed Mladenovic and No.3 seed Gavrilova in the quarter and semifinals.
“It’s a very special tournament to me,” said del Potro. “I beat three Top 10 guys in the same tournament, which is very important for myself. I’m so glad to win my 21st title playing in Acapulco.”
“[Anderson is] a very dangerous guy. His serves are so strong but I got lucky in the important moments of my return games, and I broke just twice and that was the key of the match.”
“I think [Del Potro] played really well,” said Anderson. “He’s obviously a tough competitor and a great player. I just needed to do a little bit more today.”
It’s Del Potro’s biggest trophy since 2013 Swiss Indoors Basel (beating Federer). The Acapulco title is also Del Potro’s first title of 2018, and he had to fight through a tough draw, including three Top 10 players, for the crown.
Anderson, in only his fourth tournament of the year, was already playing in his third final of the season. He was looking to win his second title of the year. He won the New York Open two weeks ago.
Del Potro will jump over Anderson in the rankings to No. 8 in the world.