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Anderson into second round

Our top-ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson, moved through to the second round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York on Tuesday.

Anderson, ranked 77th on the ATP Tour singles rankings, beat India’s Somdev Devvarman in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-3. Devvarman is ranked 99th in the world.

The big-serving Anderson served 12 aces to his opponent’s one and hit the mark with 72% of his first serves. He converted five of his break point opportunities in a match that lasted 123 minutes.

Anderson now faces a second round clash against 26th seeded Thomaz Bellucci who beat American Tim Smyczek, also in straight sets, 6-3 7-5 7-6.

Our other representative in the men’s singles draw, Rik de Voest, is still in first round action against 31st seeded David Nalbandian of Argentina.

Our sole women’s representative in the year’s final grand slam, Chanelle Scheepers, comes up against Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzekistan. Amanmuradova, one of the most imposing figure on the WTA circuit, is ranked 77th compared to Scheepers (99).


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