Mexican Open: Wawrinka survives, while two top women seeds fall

BOTH the ATP and WTA Tour took to the court in Mexico for the Abierto Mexicano, effectively the Mexican Open. On the first day of main draw competition, third seed Stan Wawrinka survived a three-set thriller against Frances Tiafoe, while both the second and third seeds in the women’s event dropped out.

The ATP500 event had plenty of big names sign up for the tournament, and the biggest on Day 1 was the Swiss star Wawrinka. Anyone who headed onto the main court at Acapulco was not to be disappointed with Wawrinka and 82nd ranked Tiafoe, with the American having slipped outside the top 50 after poor form this year. He reminded the crowd of what he is capable of though, pushing the world number 16 all the way to a third set tiebreaker, having won the second one in a similar way. However this time it would be Wawrinka – who put down a casual 35 aces on his way to only dropping five first serve points and saving all nine break point opportunities – who would get up, winning 7-1 in the deciding tiebreak to claim victory 6-3 6-7 7-6.

In other results, Miomir Kecmanovic defeated Australian youngster Alex de Minaur who was returning from injury, 3-6 6-4 6-3, while Kyle Edmund toppled experienced Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez. A couple of American qualifiers made it through to the Round of 16 with Tommy Paul knocking off compatriot, Mackenzie McDonald 6-7 6-4 6-4 in a thriller, while Marcos Giron downed Mexican wildcard, Gerardo Lopez Villasenor 6-4 7-6. Rounding out the first day results, France’s Adrian Mannarino finally won his second match for the year after losing six of his past seven, defeating British wildcard Cameron Norrie 2-6 6-3 6-3.


[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) defeated F. Tiafoe (USA) 6-3 6-7 7-6
M. Kecmanovic (SRB) defeated A. de Minaur (AUS) 3-6 6-4 6-3
K. Edmund (GBR) defeated F. Lopez (ESP) 6-4 6-1
A. Mannarino (FRA) defeated [WC] C. Norrie (GBR) 2-6 6-3 6-3
[Q] T. Paul (USA) defeated M. McDonald (USA) 6-7 6-4 6-4
[Q] M. Giron (USA) defeated [WC] G. Lopez Villasenor (MEX) 6-4 7-6

Teenager Wang Xiyu caused an early upset in the women’s draw with a straight sets win over compatriot and second seed, Wang Yafan. The match lasted an hour and 50 minutes, with Xiyu getting up 6-4 7-6 and overcoming five double faults to have a serving efficiency of 65.8 per cent and win 61.5 per cent of her first serve points. She broke Yafan five times to four, which was the difference in winning the first set, before getting home in a thrilling 10-8 second set tiebreaker. Joining Yafan as a seed gone in the opening round is third seed Russian, Marie Bouzkova who suffered a loss at the hands of German, Tatjana Maria 6-4 1-6 6-2. The third seed 21-year-old bowed out in the Round of 32 in a match that lasted two hours and 25 minutes.

In other results, Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondareno defeated Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic 6-7 6-4 6-2, whilst Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek downed Russian, Anna Kalinskaya 6-3 6-4. The three matches that occurred the day before saw seventh seed Heather Watson win in a thriller over American, Coco Vandeweghe 4-6 6-4 6-4, while eighth seed Nao Hibino won through to the Round of 16 with a 6-3 6-1 victory over Dutchwoman, Arantxa Rus. In the final match, 18-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova saw off the challenge from Slovakia’s Anna Schmiedlova 4-6 7-5 6-1.


X. Wang (CHN) defeated [2] Y. Wang (CHN) 6-4 7-6
T. Maria (GER) defeated [3] M. Bouzkova (CZE) 6-4 1-6 6-2
[7] H. Watson (GBR) defeated C. Vandeweghe (USA) 4-6 6-4 6-4
[8] N. Hibino (JPN) defated A. Rus (NED) 6-3 6-1
A. Potapova (RUS) defeated A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 4-6 7-5 6-1
T. Zidansek (SLO) defeated A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-3 6-4
K. Bondarenko (UKR) defeated D. Koinic (MON) 6-7 6-4 6-2

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