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Chani goes down in China

On the main tour of the WTA, SA’s number one ranked singles player Chani Scheepers lost in the second round of the $220 000 Guangzhou WTA Tour in China.

Scheepers was seeded eighth for the event and earned 30 WTA Championship points and ranking points, along with a pay cheque of $2 950.  Scheepers is currently ranked 93rd on the latest WTA singles rankings.

Ruan Roelofse reached the quarter-finals stage of the men’s singles┬áITF Uganda Futures,┬ábefore bowing out to the┬átalented Austrian Gerald Melzer in straight┬ásets.┬á┬áWith his last┬áeight placing he earned two ATP┬ásingles points in the $10 000 ITF event.

On the doubles front Steffen Solomon with Japanese player Yu Takahashi reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles before┬álosing to Zimbabwe’s Mark Fynn and Egypt’s Omar Hedayet┬áin┬áthree tight sets.

Second seeds Ruan Roelofse and his┬áBritish partner James Feaver, had no trouble in reaching the final and will play the local Ugandan player Duncan Mugabe and his Zimbabwean partner Takanyi Garanganga for the men’s doubles title. Win or lose Roelofse earns himself vital ATP doubles points.┬á ÔÇ¿┬áÔÇ¿Fritz Wolmarans breezed through his opening singles match with ease at the $10 000 ITF Futures played in Costa Mesa, California (USA).┬á However he faces a testing match against Japan’s Yaoki Ishii for a place in the quarter-finals.

On the women’s side, Surina de Beer came through two tough qualifying matches to reach the main draw singles at the $25 000 Redding, California women’s USTA event.

She stunned the third seed Russian Olga Puchkova in her first round match winning 6-2 6-0.  The US qualifier W. Allie ended her fairy-tale run in the second round by returning the favour 6-1 6-2.

De Beer received one WTA point for qualifying and a further eight WTA points for reaching the second round of the singles draw. When the latest WTA rankings are released next week Surina will be inside the top 1000 players again after a notable absence from the tour.