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Wednesday tennis acca tips: Alex De Minaur to continue Mexican hot streak

Planet Sport presents picks for a handful of matches from the elite pro tours on Wednesday, February 28.

Alex De Minaur has enjoyed excellent form in recent tournaments in Mexico and is one of the favourites in Acapulco.

Ben Shelton will be out to avenge his countryman's defeat when he takes on Matteo Arnaldi.

British hopes Jack Draper and Katie Boulter have a chance to forge ahead after positive starts to the season.

Here we make out picks for a handful of matches from the elite pro tours on Wednesday 28 February.

 

ATP Acapulco: Alex De Minaur vs Sebastian Ofner| Pick: De Minaur

ATP Acapulco: Ben Shelton vs Matteo Arnaldi | Pick: Shelton

ATP Acapulco: Yoshihito Nishioka vs Jack Draper | Pick: Draper

ATP Santiago: Facundo Diaz Acosta vs Pedro Martinez Portero | Pick: Acosta

ATP Santiago: Nicolas Jarry vs Federico Coria | Pick: Jarry

WTA San Diego: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Xinyu Wang | Pick: Pavlyuchenkova

WTA San Diego: Jessica Pegula vs Jule Niemeier | Pick: Niemeier

WTA San Diego: Katie Boulter vs Beatriz Haddad Maia | Pick: Boulter

 

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ATP Acapulco: Alex De Minaur vs Sebastian Ofner

De Minaur misfired in Los Cabos last week but otherwise has a stellar recent record in Mexico and is the defending champion in Acapulco.

Ofner snapped a three-match losing streak in the opening round but could struggle to raise his game again for this one.

The Austrian only has a 50% win rate this season and that could slip further when he runs into De Minaur.

De Minaur was imperious in defeating Taro Daniel in the first round and will be very tough to stop.

 

ATP Acapulco: Ben Shelton vs Matteo Arnaldi

Ben Shelton and Matteo Arnaldi had tough battles on their hands to reach this stage.

Shelton bested Dan Evans in three sets while Arnaldi sent American No 1 Taylor Fritz packing.

We can expect another tough duel but Shelton could have a slight edge even if these players have never met before.

Shelton will be out to show that he is a title threat at tournaments like this and should be able to best Arnaldi.

 

ATP Acapulco: Yoshihito Nishioka vs Jack Draper

Jack Draper made quite the statement with a crushing victory over Tommy Paul in the first round in Acapulco.

Yoshihito Nishioka has had to come through qualifying but might have reached the end of the line for his story in Mexico.

Draper and Nishioka have not shared a court before and a place in the last eight awaits the winner.

Draper needs to start well and keep his opponent out of the game to avoid playing Nishioka's game.

 

ATP Santiago: Facundo Diaz Acosta vs Pedro Martinez Portero

Pedro Martinez Portero has upset Facundo Diaz Acosta before but the Argentine won't want to repeat that performance.

The Spaniard beat Acosta in Cordoba in 2022 but could struggle to find that same kind of game in Santiago.

Fitness will play a big role at altitude and Acosta has a lot more match-time at elite level this season.

Acosta should be able to draw level in this rivalry and put together another good run after his Argentina Open title.

 

ATP Santiago: Nicolas Jarry vs Federico Coria

Nicolas Jarry had a close shave with a title not too long ago but will really want to win in Santiago.

Jarry leads the rivalry 3-0 heading into this clash and there is little to suggest he won't make it four in a row.

He can ensure that three of the last four Chile Open winners have been home players if he can defend his crown.

This is a special tournament for Jarry and Coria doesn't have the game to hurt him.

 

WTA San Diego: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Xinyu Wang

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has a tough test when she faces Xinyu Wang for the first time.

As 16 ranking places separate them Pavlyuchenkova will be expected to come out on top.

Pavlyuchenkova will want to prove her fitness after a withdrawal in Dubai.

Wang saw off Clara Tauson to open her campaign but needed three sets to get it done.

 

WTA San Diego: Jessica Pegula vs Jule Niemeier

Jessica Pegula has a sticky return fixture with her opponent having already played three times in San Diego.

Niemeier outclassed Varvara Gracheva in the first round having won through to the main draw through qualifying.

This looks like an upset waiting to happen given how rusty Pegula could be after her time away.

Pegula hasn't played since bowing out of the Australian Open in the second round.

 

WTA San Diego: Katie Boulter vs Beatriz Haddad Maia

Katie Boulter will be out for an upset too but Beatriz Haddad Maia won't be rolling over.

Haddad Maia will be determined to snap a three-match losing streak when she faces the world No 49.

The Brazilian has established herself in the top 20 and that takes resilience so she can certainly right her form in San Diego.

Boulter had the beating of Lesia Tsurenko to start her tournament and in a first-ever meeting with Haddad Maia will be dangerous.

 

 

 

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