Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko donned a sombrero during the trophy ceremony in Acapulco for the second straight year Sunday, after successfully defending her title on the hard courts in Mexico. The No. 7 seed ousted Kristina Mladenovic, the No. 2-seeded Frenchwoman and world No. 15, in the quarterfinals before storming past No. 3 Daria Gavrilova in the semis.
That set up a championship encounter with Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, who was playing in her first career final. Tsurenko dropped her first set of the tournament to the Swiss but fought back to claim a 5-7, 7-6, 6-2 victory in two hours, 44 minutes.
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The Lesia Tsurenko File
Birthplace: Vladimirec, Ukraine
Current Rank: 40
Career-High Rank: 29 (July 2017)
Best US Open Finish: Fourth Round (2016)
- Tsurenko’s 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal result over Mladenovic was a rematch of last year’s final in Acapulco. On both occasions, the Ukrainian was seeded No. 7 and sprung a straight-sets upset over her No. 2-seeded opponent.
- The 28-year-old is a perfect 4-0 in WTA finals and has won one trophy in each of the past four years. Her first title came at the Istanbul Cup in July 2015, and she won the Guangzhou International Women’s Open in September 2016.
- Though her best Grand Slam singles result came at the 2016 US Open, Tsurenko’s favorite tennis memory is from the 2013 Australian Open, where she made the third round at a major for the first time at age 23. That result helped her end the year in the Top 100 for the first time, finishing at No. 70.
- Tsurenko’s parents, who introduced her to tennis at age 6, do not have tennis backgrounds. Her father, Viktor, worked in international relations at a nuclear power plant before retiring, and her mother, Larisa, is an economist. Tsurenko also has an older sister, Oxana, who is a lawyer.
- The Ukrainian has been given the moniker “Queen of Olive Oil” after starring in a commercial for Colavita Olive Oil that ran in the U.S. and Canada last summer.
They Said It!
“They let me take the sombreros home, but I don’t want to because it’s so big and heavy that it would be too tough to travel with. It’s such a big hat!” – Tsurenko told wtatennis.com after winning the 2018 Acapulco title.