Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins headline the 2019 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, with the WTA International event live from Acapulco between February 25 to March 2.

Stephens, a champion in Acapulco in 2016, and Collins will be joined in the draw by top 30 players including Mihaela Buzarnescu, Hsieh Su-Wei and Donna Vekic, while two-time defending champion Lesia Tsurenko will not return to defend her title.

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WTA Acapulco tournament schedule

WTA Acapulco players 2019

World No. 5 and 2016 Abierto Mexicano Telcel champion Sloane Stephens leads the 2019 field in Acapulco as some of the best tennis players on the WTA Tour battle it out for the International-level title.

Stephens took home the Acapulco title in 2016 when she beat Dominika Cibulkova in a final that was quietly one of the best matches of that season, with the American looking to repeat that effort and lift a second trophy in the Mexican city.

The 2017 U.S. Open champion has remained a constant presence inside the top 10 since winning her maiden Grand Slam title, making the French Open final last year and also winning her first Premier Mandatory crown in Miami. Can Stephens take home her first title of 2019 in Acapulco this week?

Among her challengers for the trophy will be compatriot and Fed Cup teammate Danielle Collins. The former college star put together a career milestone in January, producing a series of explosive performances to make her first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open, beating the likes of Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Garcia before going down to Petra Kvitova. Was that a flash in the pan result for Collins, or is the American the real deal?

The unorthodox Hsieh Su-Wei is also a player to keep an eye on. Hsieh, one of the trickiest players to face on tour and also one of the most entertaining, has been in tremendous form recently, making the semi-finals of the Premier-5 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships at the time of writing, coming back from 1-5 down in the final set to beat Karolina Pliskova.

Mihaela Buzarnescu and Donna Vekic are other top 30 players who have got to be considered leading contenders for the title, while rising star Sofia Kenin will also be in the mix after winning her maiden WTA title at the start of the season in Hobart.

And we also can’t forget about former World No. 1 and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka, who is continues to try and recapture her best tennis, while other players to watch include Maria Sakkari, Ajla Tomljanovic, Daria Gavrilova and former top five player Johanna Konta.

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 seven times.

The glamorous resort city of Acapulco hosts the first stop on the WTA Tour’s mini ‘Mexican swing’, with the Abierto Mexicano Telcel followed by the event in Monterrey, both ranked International events.

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) and Sara Errani (2012-13). 

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.

WTA Acapulco tournament information

WTA Acapulco Tournament Information

WTA Acapulco
Dates25 February - 2 March
VenueAcapulco Princess Mundo Imperial
LocationAcapulco, Mexico
First Played2001
CategoryWTA International
SurfaceClay (2001 - 2013); Hard (2014 - Present)
Draw Size32 Singles / 16 Doubles
Prize Money$226,750
Reigning Singles' ChampionLesia Tsurenko
Reigning Doubles' ChampionsTatjana Maria/Heather Watson

Former WTA Acapulco champions

WTA Acapulco Past Champions

YearWinnerRunner-Up
2001Amanda CoetzaElena Dementieva
2002Katarina SrebotnikPaola Suarez
2003Amanda CoetzaMariana Diaz Oliva
2004Iveta BenesovaFlavia Pennetta
2005Flavia PennettaLudmila Cervanova
2006Anna-Lena GronefeldFlavia Pennetta
2007Emilie LoitFlavia Pennetta
2008Flavia PennettaAlize Cornet
2009Venus WilliamsFlavia Pennetta
2010Venus WilliamsPolona Hercog
2011Gisela DulkoArantxa Parra Santonja
2012Sara ErraniFlavia Pennetta
2013Sara ErraniCarla Suarez Navarro
2014Dominika CibulkovaChristina McHale
2015Timea BacsinszkyCaroline Garcia
2016Sloane StephensDominika Cibulkova
2017Lesia TsurenkoKristina Mladenovic
2018Lesia TsurenkoStefanie Voegele

WTA Acapulco ranking points

Ranking points on offer at the Japan Women's Open

RoundPoints
Champion280
Finalist180
Semifinalist110
Quarterfinalist60
R1630
R11
Qualifying18
Q314
Q210
Q11

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