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Chani beats 13th seed
- Updated: April 5, 2011
Our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers took out one of the favourites to progress through to the second round of the Family Circle Cup tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday.
Scheepers, who moved up one position to 80th on the WTA Tour rankings on Monday, accounted for Patty Schnyder in first round action.
She beat the Swiss player, ranked 13th for the tournament, in straight sets, going through 6-4 6-4. In a match lasting 1hr 42min, they two shared the ace count at one apiece with Scheepers having two double-faults compared to Schnyder’s one, writes Mark Etheridge.
Having beaten a player ranked 40 places above her, Scheepers will be hoping to move further back up the rankings next week.
She now takes on American Jill Craybass in the next round of the $721,000 tournament and with Craybass ranked 110th, the Harrismith-born Scheepers will be quietly confident of going that much further. The two have yet to meet at any level of the game.
Schnyder, a two-time finalist at this tournament, saved nine match points, four of them at 1-5 and five more at 3-5 before Scheepers served out comfortably.
Afterwards, Schnyder told the tournament website that it would be her last time playing the tournament she has been so popular at over the years. “I feel so good whenever I come to Charleston, but I don’t think I will be back as a player – maybe as a fan.”