Tsurenko vs. Mladenovic
Lesia Tsurenko is trying to become the second player to win back-to-back titles in Acapulco after Sara Errani. Playing in Acapulco brings the best out of Tsurenko with the Ukrainian winning 77.78% of the matches played throughout her career on this event. Taking a look now at Lesia’s campaign on this year’s edition of the Abierto Mexicano, the defending champion reaches this stage of the competition after an impressive 6 – 3 6 – 1 victory over Arina Rodionova.
Kristina Mladenovic overcame a slow start to defeat Beatriz Haddad Maia and secure a place in the WTA Acapulco quarter-finals for the second consecutive year. Known as one of the most talented players in the game, the former world No.10 has turned around her singles struggles in recent weeks. In addition to her outstanding 72.73% winning record since the Australian Open, the 24-year-old reached her 8th career final at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in February.
This will be the 7th official meeting between these two players with Tsurenko leading on the h2h by 5 – 1.
Despite Mladenovic’s recent improvements, it won’t be easy for the French to overcome such a tough competitor as Tsurenko. On the other hand, the high bouncing conditions in Acapulco should benefit the Ukrainian on this match. For that reason, it’s not surprising to see Lesia as the favourite at 63/100 at 5Dimes while William Hill offers 3/2 for Kristina’s victory. In addition to the value on Tsurenko’s moneyline, placing a bet on her -3 Game Handicap at 93/100 at Pinnacle is also an interesting approach for this contest.
Best Play: Lesia Tsurenko -3 at 93/100 at Pinnacle