The 2011 Mexico Open in Acapulco is a WTA International category tournament played on red clay courts from February 19-26. The official tournament name is the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC due to title sponsorship naming rights.
Mexico is a joint with the men’s ATP Tour, which means both the women’s and men’s event are played at the same tournament venue and at the same time. The qualifying singles draws begin on Saturday February 19 and the Singles Finals will be played on Saturday February 26. The Mexico singles event has a 32-player draw that contains 24 direct acceptances, 4 Qualifiers, 3 Wild Cards and 1 Special Exempt.
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The 11th year of this event is being played at The Fairmont Acapulco Princess Resort Hotel in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. The centre court or Stadium is called the Estadio Mextenis or Mextenis Stadium and has a capacity of 7,500 spectators. The total prize money for the 2011 Bogotá tournament is $220,000 US dollars.The 8 seeds are selected according to the WTA rankings as at 14 February 2011.
The 2010 Mexico Open Women’s singles champion was No.1 seed Venus Williams who defeated No.8 seed Polona Hercog. Venus won the final 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 2 hours and 1 minute to defend her title and win the Dubai-Acapulco double for the second straight year. Venus is unable to play Mexico due to injury so the spotlight turns to World No.1 doubles player and Latin American superstar Gisela Dulko.
The 26-year-old Dulko is pictured above just after making contact with the ball for this forehand drive at the 2010 US Open. The 1.7m Dulko achieved her best Grand Slam singles results to date by making the round of 16 twice, at the 2009 US Open and at Roland Garros in 2006.
Dulko won her first women’s doubles Grand Slam title this year at the Australian Open partnering Flavia Pennetta. The Argentinean achieved her career-high ranking of No.26 on 1 November 2005 and is currently ranked No.60. Dulko will be the No.3 seed in Mexico next week and has won 3 WTA singles titles.
Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.
The WTA ranking points and prize money for the women’s tournament is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 280 points + $37,000;
- The runner-up earns 200 points + $19,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 130 points + $10,200;
- The four quarter finalists earn 70 points + $5,340;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 30 points + $2,950;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round receive 1 point + $1,725.
There is a 32-player qualifying draw. The 16 players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event earn 1 ranking point and $265. The 8 players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying earn 6 ranking points plus $460. The 4 players who lose in the 3rd and final round of qualifying earn $860 and 10 ranking points.
*The players who qualify for the main draw and then lose the 1st round earn 16 points, whereas players, who start in the 1st round and lose their 1st match, earn just the one point. Wild Card entrants who lose in the 1st round also receive just the one point.
From the round of 16 onwards any qualifiers who win, earn the points allocated by round PLUS their 16 points for qualifying. Therefore a qualifier who wins the 1st round of the main draw and then gets knocked out in the round of 16 earns 30 points for making the round of 16 plus 16 points for qualifying. Thus, a qualifier who loses in the round of 16 earns 46 ranking points in total.
The schedule of play for the 2011 Mexico Open Women’s Singles event is:
- Saturday 19 February: Qualifying Draw 1st round from 10am;
- Sunday 20 February: Qualifying Draw 2nd round from 3pm;
- Monday 21 February: Main Draw 1st round from 3pm and 9pm;
- Tuesday 22 February: 1st round from 11am and 9pm;
- Wednesday 23 February: Round of 16 from 3pm and 9pm;
- Thursday 24 February: Quarter Finals from 1pm;
- Friday 25 February: Semi Finals from 2:30pm; and
- Saturday 26 February: Men’s Singles Final at 6:30pm.
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photo credit: Christian Mesiano