The finals of the 2016 Mexican Open will be played on Saturday, February 27 with Sloane Stephens and Dominic Thiem heading the draw.
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The ladies final will be contested between second seed Stephens and Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the cancha central in the evening. Cibulkova comes into the final on the backs of a semi-final win over Christina McHale in straight sets.
Prior to the semis, she had beaten Lourdes Dominguez Lino and Johanna Larsson in the first round and the quarterfinal respectively. She received a walk-over from Victoria Azarenka in the second round.
Second seeded Stephens defeated Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-0 in her semi-final clash on Friday. After having come from one set down to defeat Louisa Chirico in the first round, the American Stephens has not dropped a set at the tournament, beating Olga Govortsova and Naomi Osaka in straight sets in the second round and the quarterfinal.
The pair have met on two previous occasions with each winning one contest. Their last meeting came at the 2015 Canadian Masters with Cibulkova winning in straight sets.
Fourth seeded Thiem will go up against Australian fifth seed Bernard Tomic in the men’s final later in the day at the cancha central. The Australian came from behind to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the semi-final on Friday.
He had also downed Rajeev Ram, Adrian Mannarino, and Illya Marchenko in straight sets in the first two rounds and the quarterfinal on Thursday. Swiss Thiem eased past Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-2 in Friday’s semi-final.
The fourth seed had beaten Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals in straight sets as well. Prior to that, Thiem had overcome challenges from Damir Dzumhur and Dmitry Tursunov in the first two rounds.
This will be the first career meeting between these two men however, it is the Swiss who starts as the slight favourite on Saturday.
Here's the 2016 Mexican Open Order of Play for Saturday, February 27:
STARTS AT 4:00 PM
Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah or Treat Huey/Max Mirnyi VS (3) Philipp Petzschner/Alexander Peya
NOT BEFORE 6:00 PM
Dominika Cibulkova VS (2) Sloane Stephens
NOT BEFORE 9:00 PM
(5) Bernard Tomic VS (4) Dominic Thiem