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Kevin beats 26th seed

By Mark Etheridge

Our top ranked tennis player Kevin Anderson has knocked out 26th seeded Thomaz Bellucci to reach the third round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Anderson, ranked 77th, in the world beat the Brazilian in a five-set thriller that lasted nine minutes short of four hours before going through 6-7 (4) 6-4 5-7 6-4 7-6 (2).

A first service percentage of 74% for Anderson proved crucial, with Bellucci only managing to land 56% of his first serves. The Brazilian did however win the aces battle with 19 compared to Anderson’s 14. The Brazilian was also double-faulted five times, and Anderson only once.

Anderson now comes up against Richard Gasquet after the Frenchman accounted for sixth seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-2. And the winner of that match will meet either another Frenchman in Gael Monfils (17th seed) or Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic who beat ninth seed Andy Roddick on Thursday.

Meanwhile South Africa’s hopes in the women’s doubles competition ended in the first round with both our representatives crashing out.

Chani Scheepers, who also lost in the first round of the singles competition, teamed up with Poland’s Alicja Rosolska but they went out in straight sets 6-3 7-6 to Germany’s Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld. The other South African in the draw, Natalie Grandin, teamed up with American Abigail Spears but they lost in three sets to Edina Gallovits (Romania) and Klaudi Jans of Poland, 5-7 6-3 6-1.

Meanwhile Anderson’s Davis Cup team-mate Jeff Coetzee is still experiencing difficult with a hamstring injury.”I’m going to play a Challenger event next week in Alphen, Netherlands to see how the hammy goes. It’s feeling a lot better and more confident on it, but I’ve been so frustrated the last couple of weeks.”