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Early exit for Grandin

South Africans Natalie Grandin and American partner Abigail Spears went out in the first round of the women’s doubles competition at the French Open in Paris on Monday.

The SA/US combination lost to the all-French combination of Alize Cornet and Aravane Rezai. Although they managed to win a set the final score of 3-6 6-4 2-6 saw Grandin and Spears depart from the red clay courts of Roland Garros.

Grandin now joins countryman Kevin Anderson on the sidelines after the top-ranked South African went down in the first round to Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

But unheralded Chanelle Scheepers lives to fight another day. She won her first round clash on Sunday and is scheduled to meet Argentina’s Gisela Dulko on Wednesday.

Meanwhile on home soil the SATA Futures Tournament continued in Durban on Monday.

Last week’s finalist in the ITF tournament, also played in Durban, Amir Weintraub exited as he was beaten by Austria’s Nikolaus Moser. The fourth seeded Israeli went down 7-6 6-4.

Top seeded Theodoros Angelenos had no such problems, the Greek player beating local Hendrik Coertzen 6-4 6-4.
British pair David Rice and Joshua Milton both going through.

Fifth-seeded Rice was too good for Max Raditschnigg of Austria and Milton accounted for South Africa’s Lance Cohen┬á 6-2-6-3.

Tuesday’s results from Durban

Men
Singles:
Ruan Roelofse RSA bt Renier Moolman RSA 6-2 6-1; *1 Theodoros Angelenos GRE bt Hendrik Coertzen RSA 6-4 6-4; *8 Andrew Anderson RSA bt Tinashe Chikanda ZIM 6-1 6-4; Tuna Altuna TUR bt Mark Fynn ZIM 6-4 6-4; *5 David Rice GBR bt Max Raditschnigg AUT 6-4 6-2; Sergei Krotiouk RUS bt Tal Eros ISR 6-4 6-2; Vitali Reshetnikov RUS bt Alexandros Jakupovic GRE (6) 6-2 6-4; Nikolaus Moser AUT bt *4 Amir Weintraub ISR 7-5 6-4; Hernus Pieters RSA  bt Mathew Rossouw RSA 7-5 6-1; Joshua Milton GBR bt Lance Cohen RSA 6-2 6-3
Doubles: *1 Raven Klaasen RSA & Richard Ruckleshausen AUT bt Tuna Altuna TUR & Neil Pauffley GBR 6-2 7-6; Ruan Roelofse & Nikala Scholtz RSA bt Andrew Anderson & Hendrik Coertzen RSA 7-5 6-2; Adrien Bossel SUI & Roman Vogeli CZE bt Gareth Greenwood & Boyd Michau RSA 6-1 6-2

Women
Singles:
*1 Pooja Venkatesha IND bt Tegan Edwards RSA 6-4 6-2; *2 Chanel Simmonds RSA bt Katarina Baranova SVK 6-3 6-3; Malou Ejdesgaard DEN bt Eden d’Oliviera RSA 3-6 6-0 6-1; Gopika Kapoor IND bt Mamotebang Molise RSA┬á 6-4 6-2; *8 Christine Kandler AUT bt Marisa Gianotti AUT 6-2 6-2; Alina Wessel GER bt Bianca Chidrawi AUT 6-1 6-3; Zuzana Lukranova SVK bt Imke Jagau NAM 6-0 6-1; *4 Daniella Scivetti AUT bt Melissa Laing RSA┬á 6-1 6-2
Doubles: *3 Malou Ejdesgaard DEN & Chanel Simmonds RSA bt Shivika Burman IND & Christine Kandler AUT 6-4 6-3; Tegan Edwards & Bianca Swanepoel RSA  bt Natasha Fourouclas & Chlorinda Wessels RSA 7-6 6-2; Khristina Kazimova UKR & Jessica Picas RSA bt Nicola George GBR & Gopika Gookal IND w/o


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