Tennis: Tsurenko downs Mladenovic for Acapulco WTA title

Lesia Tsurenko (right) and Kristina Mladenovic pose after the Mexican Tennis Open WTA final match in Acapulco on March 4, 2017.
Lesia Tsurenko (right) and Kristina Mladenovic pose after the Mexican Tennis Open WTA final match in Acapulco on March 4, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Acapulco, Mexico (AFP) - Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko nabbed her third WTA Tour title Saturday, toppling second-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5 in the Mexican Open final at Acapulco.

Tsurenko, the seventh seed who advanced when top-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retired from their semi-final with illness, got off to a hot start and held on to notch her fourth win over France's Mladenovic in five career meetings.

Tsurenko has now won a title in each of the past three years - emerging triumphant in all three of her career finals appearances.

Tsurenko rolled to a 5-0 lead and in the second set, she earned what proved to be the decisive break in the 11th game and then held for the win.

Mladenovic was denied a second career title to go with the St Petersburg trophy she lifted last month.