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Kevin’s tough draw

Our top ranked tennis player is up against it from the start at this year’s All-England tennis championships at Wimbledon, starting on Monday.

Of the three South African players in action, just Rik De Voest comes up against an unseeded player.

But highest ranked Kevin Anderson has to cope with Russian Nikolay Daveydenko, seeded seventh for the tournament.

Hopefully the fact that Daveydenko is not the same player on grass as on clay will act as some sort of leveller. Also, he has been battling with injury in recent months.

De Voest, our next best player, must be feeling distinctly Germanised! After coming through the qualifying rounds by beating two German players it’s three in a row as he takes on the little known Julian Reister.

And then there’s Chani Scheepers, who surprised all and sundry to reach the fourth round of the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris earlier this month.

She takes on one of the rising crop of Chinese stars in Li  Na, ranked ninth for Wimbledon.

In the doubles draw De Voest and German partner Mischa Zverev come up against third seeds Lukas Dlouhy (Cze) and veteran Leander Paes of India. Doubles ace Wesley Moodie had a cruel draw when he and big Belgian Dick Norman saw they had to take on South Africa’s Jeff Coetzee and Kristof Vliegen of Belgium.