Acapulco - Dominika Cibulkova has beat American Christina McHale 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Mexican Open.
The top-seeded Slovak, runner-up in the Australian Open in January,
won her fourth career title and first since Stanford in 2013.
was tough match, I'm really tired, I had to dig deep physically and
mentally", Cibulkova said.
"She was very agressive and kept coming back,
but it's a final and thanks to my experience I was able to do it".
21-year-old McHale, ranked 70th, reached her first tour title match.
"Previously, her best results where two semifinals in Quebec, in 2010 and
"I'm a little bit sad because I didn't win, but at the same
time I know that Dominika is a very good player and I fought until the
end," McHale said.
"I learned that I have the capacity to go far
in tournaments, that I'm capable of playing against the best so I'm
going to keep working every day to get better".
McHale is one of
six Americans aged under 25 who are between 18 and 70 in the WTA
rankings, along with Lauren Davies (64), Alison Riske (46), Madison Keys
(38), Jamie Hampton (31) and Sloane Stephens (18), and they represent
the next generation of US talent as the Williams sisters come toward
the end of their careers.
"There are several American going up in the rankings, we are pushing each other to be better", McHale said.