De Minaur beats Paul for Acapulco title Kostyuk, Gracheva beat Americans in Austin for 1st WTA final Etcheverry and Jarry through to Chile Open final
Acapulco, Mexico. Alex de Minaur rallied to win the biggest title of his career by beating Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Mexican Open.
The 24-year-old Australian has won his seventh career title and first at the ATP 500 level. He has won his previous six ATP 250 titles, most recently last year in Atlanta.
De Minaur will move to 18th place in the rankings. His career best finish is 15th in 2021.
Paul advanced to the final by defeating fifth-place Taylor Fritz in a match that lasted 3 hours and 25 minutes. He has one career title in Stockholm in 2021.
Austin, Texas. Marta Kostyuk and Varvara Gracheva reached their first WTA final by defeating an American at the ATX Open.
No. 8 Kostyuk has won five of the last six games and eliminated 2022 Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-3 in the first semi-final of the day. Gracheva then went on to play the last four games, defeating Katy Wolynets 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in almost 2.5 hours in a matchup between a pair of unseeded players at night.
Kostyuk is a 20-year-old Ukrainian, ranked 52nd. Gracheva, a 22-year-old Russian, is ranked 88th. One of them will receive a tour-level trophy for the first time at the first hard-surface tournament in the Texas capital.
Against fourth-seeded Collins, Kostyuk saved five of the six break points she faced and won four games on her opponent’s serve. Previously, Kostyuk reached the semi-finals in four tournaments, but never went beyond this round.
Collins was trying to make it to her first title match on the tour since going so far at Melbourne Park last season before losing to Ash Barty. In 2023, Collins lost 0-5 to the seeded opponents, and her WTA semi-final career record is now 3-9.
Gracheva, who has never made it past the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, has won three of her four matches in three sets this week.
Only once before that she reached the semi-finals at the WTA tournament, and the other time she lost at this stage. But, losing in the final set to 21-year-old Volynets from California with a score of 4:2, Gracheva did not lose a single game.
SANTIAGO, Chile. Home crowd favorite Nicolas Jarry and Argentina’s Thomas Martin Etcheverri reached the final of the Chile Open.
Jarri beat Spaniard Jaume Munara 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to play his second professional final, the first since his suspension for doping in April 2020.
Etcheverry won his all-Argentine semi-final against third-placed Sebastian Baes 7-5, 6-3 to reach the final of his first round.
Jarri and Etcheverri have met only once before, in the first round in Córdoba last year, which the Argentine won in three sets.