Coetzer Wins Mexican Open
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) _ Top-seeded Amanda Coetzer of South Africa recovered from a rough first set Sunday to win the Mexican Open, defeating Elena Dementieva of Russia 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 in baking sunshine.
Coetzer seemed overwhelmed by Dementieva’s shots in the first set before regrouping. Dementieva, seeded second, appeared to tire in the heat, screaming ``nyet!″ as she hit long balls or missed serves.
``I told myself, `If she was going to win the match, she was going to win on winners only, and not because of my errors,‴ Coetzer said. ``When I won the last point, I felt as happy as in any huge match I’ve won.″
Coetzer, who in the semifinals Saturday fell behind in each set before defeating Argentina’s Paola Suarez, acknowledged she appeared to need the pressure of being behind.
``It really makes me focus and think about what I have to do to change,″ she said.
However, she added, ``I hope that doesn’t become a habit.″
Service seemed almost a liability during the match, in which 15 services were broken and only eight weren’t. Coetzer broke nine of Demetrieva’s services, while Demetrieva broke six of Coetzer’s.
Later Sunday, top-ranked Gustavo Kuerten faced wild card Galo Blanco in the men’s finals.
Maria Jose Martinez and Ana Medina of Spain won the women’s doubles finals on Saturday night, defeating Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5.