Defending champion De Minaur off to a successful begin at Acapulco | 27 February, 2024 | All Information | Information and Options | Information and Occasions

Australian Alex de Minaur expenses into the second spherical at an ATP 500 event in Mexico.

Acapulco, Mexico, 27 February 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Acapulco, Mexico

Alex de Minaur has made an ideal begin to his title defence at a ATP 500 event at Acapulco.

The 25-year-old Australian powered previous Japan’s Taro Daniel 6-2 6-1 in opening-round motion at the moment on the hard-court occasion.

De Minaur dominated on serve within the 79-minute encounter, successful 78 per cent of first-serve factors and conceding simply 14 factors throughout his eight service video games.

The third seed described the victory as “extremely satisfying”.

“I didn’t play in all probability the best way I wished in Los Cabos (final week), so it was crucial to get on the board and really feel assured on the market on the court docket,” De Minaur stated.

It’s De Minaur’s third profession win towards world No.64 Daniel.

“Tennis is all about matchups,” the defending champion famous. “A whole lot of the time you neglect concerning the rating and also you’re enjoying the participant.

“That’s the great thing about tennis. Contrasting matchups and ways work towards some gamers, and don’t work too nicely towards others.”

This units up a second-round assembly with world No.37 Sebastian Ofner.

Presently sitting at a career-high world No.9, De Minaur must return to the ultimate this week to have an opportunity of retaining his top-10 rating.

“You don’t need to get too forward of your self, in my case, I don’t even like to take a look at the draw,” De Minaur stated.

“It’s an extended option to get to that title match and at this stage I’m not even serious about it.”

In doubles motion, John Friends scored an opening-round win alongside Finland’s Harri Heliovaara. The duo edged out a 6-4 3-6 [10-7] victory towards Mexican Hans Hach Verdugo and Venezuela’s Luis David Martinez.

Aussies in motion – Acapulco

Males’s singles, first spherical
[3] Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Taro Daniel (JPN) 6-2 6-1

Males’s doubles, first spherical
John Friends (AUS)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN) d [Alt] Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX)/Luis David Martinez (VEN) 6-4 3-6 [10-7]

Males’s singles, first spherical
Max Purcell (AUS) v [8] Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [Q] Aleksander Kovacevic (USA)

Males’s singles, second spherical
[3] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Sebastian Ofner (AUT)

Males’s doubles, first spherical
Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Gonzalo Escobar (ECU)/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)

Males’s doubles, quarterfinals
John Friends (AUS)/Harri Heliovaara (FIN) v TBC

San Diego, USA

Daria Saville has notched her third consecutive singles win at a WTA 500 event at San Diego.

After scoring two victories to qualify, the 29-year-old Australian continued her spectacular run with a 6-3 6-3 triumph towards world No.58 Zhu Lin of China within the opening spherical.

It’s Saville’s fifth top-100 win of the season.

This propels Saville, who’s at present ranked No.148 as she continues her comeback from knee surgical procedure, right into a second-round showdown with both eighth-seeded Canadian Leylah Fernandez or Germany’s Tatjana Maria.

The previous world No.20 is trying to advance to her first quarterfinal at WTA 500 degree or above since March 2022.

Aussies in motion – San Diego

Girls’s singles, first spherical
[Q] Daria Saville (AUS) d Zhu Lin (CHN) 6-3 6-3

Girls’s doubles, first spherical
[4] Chan Hao-Ching (TPE)/Giuliana Olmos (MEX) d Daria Saville (AUS)/Anna Blinkova 6-7(2) 6-4 [10-5]

Girls’s singles, first spherical
[WC] Taylah Preston
 v Magdalena Frech (POL)

Girls’s singles, second spherical
[Q] Daria Saville (AUS) v TBC

Girls’s doubles, first spherical
[2] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v Miriam Kolodziejova (CZE)/Katarzyna Piter (POL)
[3] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v Donna Vekic (CRO)/Zhu Lin (CHN)

Austin, USA

Olivia Gadecki has superior to the doubles quarterfinals alongside British accomplice Olivia Nicholls at a WTA 250 event in Austin.

The duo dominated on serve, conceding a complete of 12 factors, in a 6-4 6-3 first-round win towards American Danielle Collins and Mexican Fernanda Contreras.

The 21-year-old Gadecki can be the final remaining Aussie within the singles draw, after Arina Rodionova bowed out in three units towards China’s Yuan Yue within the opening spherical.

Aussies in motion – Austin

Girls’s singles, first spherical
[8] Yuan Yue (CHN) d Arina Rodionova (AUS) 3-6 6-3 6-1

Girls’s doubles, first spherical
Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Olivia Nicholls (GBR) d Danielle Collins (USA)/Fernanda Contreras (MEX) 6-4 6-3

Girls’s singles, first spherical
[Q] Olivia Gadecki (AUS) v [3] Danielle Collins (USA)

Girls’s doubles, first spherical
[WC] Maya Joint (AUS)/Sabina Zeynalova (UKR) v Elixane Lechemia (FRA)/Anna Siskova (CZE)

Girls’s doubles, quarterfinals
Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Olivia Nicholls (GBR) v TBC

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