ACAPULCO, Mexico – WTA World No.5 Sloane Stephens headlines the field for the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC in Acapulco.
The 25-year-old former US Open champion was the winner of the tournament in 2016, when she claimed the crown by defeating Caroline Garcia, 6-3, 6-0.
Although Stephens is the only previous winner in the draw, she will be joined by Australian Open semifinalist Danielle Collins at the event, which will run through February 25 until March 3.
Four of the current WTA Top 30 players will be involved, including Mihaela Buzarnescu, Hsieh Su-Wei and Donna Vekic.
Among the other North American stars taking part are Sofia Kenin, Olympic champion Monica Puig of Puerto Rico and Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.
Two-time defending champion Lesia Tsurenko, however, will not defend her title for a third time in the hard-court event, in which she has defeated Kristina Mladenovic and Stefanie Vögele in the finals of 2017 and 2018 respectively.