Top seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova made it all the way to the semi final without dropping a set at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament which was played in Acapulco this week, including a 4-1 win in the semis when her opponent, 8th seeded Shuai Zhang retired. She faced the American Christina McHale in the title match whose route through saw her win her first two matches in straights, followed by a tough three set struggle against 3rd seeded Kaia Kanepi in the quarters and another three set marathon in the semis, against Caroline Garcia.
In the final both players went toe to toe to take the first set to a breaker which Cibulkova won 7-3, with the Slovak having better stats in every department except her first serve. McHale edged ahead in the second set when her serve started to fire better, to take it 6-4 and force a decider. In the third set the Slovak seemed to have matters wrapped up when she took a 5-2 lead, but the American battled back to 4-5, having saved three match points and even having had a point to level, but Cibulkova eventually took the set at 6-4 in a match that lasted six minutes short of three hours. This title is her first of the 2014 season and her 4th in total. She will now be at a career high of 11 when the WTA rankings are published on Monday.
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