Tsurenko triumphs in Mexico

Lesia Tsurenko claimed her second WTA title in six months at the Mexican Open on Sunday.

Ukraine’s Tsurenko has returned to the top-50 in the women’s game after beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5 in the final of the Mexican Open.

Tsurenko was out of the blocks quickly as she found herself a set-up after just 27 minutes of play.

A shell-shocked Mladenovic found her feet in the second stanza to test Tsurenko in a frenetic set that contained a total of nine breaks of serve.

In the end though, it was Tsurenko who managed the bigger moments better than her French opponent. She won the set 7-5 and so took the match and lifted the title.

Speaking afterwards, Tsurenko admitted that she got extremely nervous in the second set when she felt the trophy was in touching distance but added that she was happy to have come through.

“I think I played really well in the first set, and I felt very confident,” she said.

“In the second, she changed her game a little bit and she started to play more aggressively.

“I was also getting more nervous because I felt this title was getting closer to me.

“The most important game was definitely on my serve at 4-5, and I was really happy to hold on.

“I felt like I could finish that match there.”