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Chanelle’s Open au revoir

Our Chanelle Scheepers’ fantastic French Open run came to an end at Roland Garros, Paris on Sunday.

The 26-year-old, our top-ranked tennis player, went down to fifth seed Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-3 as the Russian went through to the quarter-finals.

Still, Scheepers, who came through three matches in the tough qualification ranks, can hold her head high as she has done heaps to raise the awareness of South African tennis.

She’s the first South African to get to the fourth round for an amazing 13 years .

Played under breezy  conditions, and lasting an hour and 14 minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier, the match itself was no great shakes and a scrappy affair.

Dementieva moved into the last eight for the third time but also produced her her trademark service jitters, with seven double faults.

However Scheepers, on this occasion couldn’t come up with the goods to disrupt the Russian’s rhythm.

Dementieva now comes up against second seed Venus Williams of the US or Russian 19th seed Nadia Petrova for a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile Scheepers’ fellow South African Wesley Moodie and his Belgium partner Dick Norman, seeded fourth, beat G Garcia-Lopez and A Montanes from Spain 6-3 6-3 in the 1st round of the doubles at the weekend.

Unfortunately Moodie’s luck ran out in the mixed doubles when he and US partner Lisa Raymond lost to Vania King (US) and Christopher Kas (Ger) 6-7 3-6.