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Chani downed in Dubai
- Updated: February 17, 2011
Chani Scheepers went out fighting at the Dubai Duty Free tennis championships on Wednesday.
And our top-ranked women’s player will hold her head high after putting up a feisty struggle against the world’s eighth-ranked player, Jelena Jankovic.
Ranked 78th in the world, Scheepers went down 6-2 6-3 but kept the Serbian star on court for an hour and 20 minutes and will have gained valuable experience from her loss.
There weren’t much in the way of aces, just one for Scheepers and two for Jankovic and four double faults for the South African compared to six by the Serbian.
Twenty-six-year-old Scheepers beat 26th ranked Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the first round so her two matches in the desert kingdom will have been an excellent learning curve for her as she strives to become more assertive in her game.
She also picked up prize money of just over $10,000 which will make defeat that much easier to take as she plans her next tournament.