Results for the 2013 Mexican Open
The Mexican Open is a tennis event that is jointly held by the ATP World Tour 500 and WTA International bodies which means tennis fans in Acapulco got to witness world class male and female competitors on clay. The 2013 event finished last week and was held from 25 February to 2 March. It has been held in Acapulco since 2001 but will be changing location in 2014 as Indian Wells is slated to host the event on a hard court.
Men’s Singles & Doubles
The main attraction in the men’s singles was undoubtedly Rafael Nadal, known as the ‘king of clay’ thanks to his 7 French Open titles. He started as red hot favorite but David Ferrer was looking for his fourth Mexican Open title in a row and was deemed to be a realistic threat. However, this was not to be the case although the final did end up being a Ferrer vs. Nadal showdown. Unfortunately for Ferrer, Nadal was in blistering form and crushed his rival 6-2, 6-0.
The doubles event promised to be a competitive one and it proved to be a happy hunting ground for David Marrero. The Spaniard won this event last year with Fernando Verdasco and was victorious once again in 2013, this time with Lukasz Kubot. They defeated the Italian pairing of Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 7-5, 6-2 in the final.
Women’s Singles & Doubles
Sara Errani, the 2012 winner, was one of the favorites for the women’s singles title and she did not disappoint as she retained her crown. Errani is ranked #8 in the world and has been a top 10 player for a while now. She showed her class by easily beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-4 in the final.
In the doubles tournament, Spanish duo Arantxa Parra Santonja and Lourdes Dominguez Lino regained the title they first won back in 2007 with a hard fought 6-4, 7-6 win over the Colombian pairing of Mariana Duque Marino and Catalina Castano. The Spanish winners have also lost three finals in this event: 2009, 2010 and 2012 so this is clearly one of their favored events.
The total men’s prize fund of over $1.2 million dwarfed the $235,000 on offer for the women which is a surprise given the more equal nature of prize money in the modern era. Nonetheless, it was an event contested by several of the world’s top players and was an unforgettable week of top class international tennis where the cream inevitably rose to the top.
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