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Tennis stars make their way to Guadalajara

The pristine courts at the Pan American Tennis Center in Zapopan are ready and waiting to receive the world’s best female tennis players. 

pg7cThis venue located to one side of the Parque Metropolitano in Zapopan is hosting—for the second time—the the GDL Akron Open, a prestigious Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) 1000 event that starts Sunday, September 17, and runs through Saturday, September 23.

With prize money totaling US$2.7 million, it’s not surprising the elite of women’s tennis is making a beeline for Guadalajara this week.

Two notable absentees will be world number one, Iga Swiatek of Poland, and the United States’ Jessica Pegula (ranked no. 5), who won the inaugural Akron Open last year. Both pulled out, saying they needed to rest before resuming the WTA season.

U.S. teenage sensation Coco Guaff, who last weekend won her first Gland Slam at the U.S. Open in New York, is among many top-ranked players whose presence in Guadalajara, as of press time, had been confirmed on the tournament’s website.

Sixty-four players will compete in the singles event, and 33 pairs in the doubles competition.  First- and second-round singles games are scheduled (rain permitting) Sunday, September 17 through Tuesday, September 19. Round of 16 games (both singles and doubles) take place on Wednesday, September 20; the quarter-finals on Thursday, September 21; the semis on Friday, September 22 and the finals on Saturday, September 23.

There are three sessions of play each day, starting at 11 a.m. (September 17-20), 1 p.m. (September 21 and 22) and 3:30 p.m. on finals day.

All-day tickets (including all three sessions of play) are available for purchase online at boletomovil.com. For the full schedule and other information, see guadalajaraopen.com.

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