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Rik, Chanelle exit Wimbledon

Davis Cup player Rik de Voest and French Open success story Chanelle Scheepers joined South African compatriot Kevin Anderson on the sidelines at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Our highest ranked player, Anderson went down to Russian seventh-seed Nikolay Davydenko in a marathon five-setter on Monday.

On Tuesday De Voest lost a four-set first round encounter to Germany’s Julian Reister. Currently ranked 257th in the world, Milan-born De Voest at least had the satisfaction of winning a set as he lost 4-6 5-7 6-3 2-6.

Scheepers, who exceeded all expectations to reach the fourth round of the French Open at Roland Garros, fell at the first hurdle on this occasion.

She was up against ninth seed Li Na and the South African went down 7-6 (5) 6-2 to the Chinese ace.

When the draw was announced it was thought that De Voest’s all-court game would suit him well on the slick grass of Wimbledon and give him his first grand slam win in more than three years.

But it was not to be and De Voest has probably had enough of German opponents, at least for now. He got into the main draw at Wimbledon after beating another two Germans in qualifying.

South African hopes of success now lie with Wesley Moodie in the men’s doubles category.