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Chani into 3rd round

Chani Scheepers recorded her second straight-sets win on the trot to breeze through to the third round of the Family Circle Cup tournament in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday.

Our top-ranked women’s player at 80th in the world, Scheepers beat American Jill Craybass 6-3 6-2 in a match lasting 1hr 38min, writes Mark Etheridge.

In a game that didn’t feature a single ace, but saw three double-faults from Scheepers and four from Craybass, the South African converted six of the 14 break points that presented themselves.

Scheepers now comes up against the tournament’s third seed in the shape of the daunting Jelena Jankovic. The Serb also won in straight sets, beating Austrian 20-year-old Tamira Paszek, ranked 93rd in the world, 6-2 6-3. Jankovic is currently ranked eighth on the Sony Eriksson Tour rankings. “I was sliding pretty well and moving the ball around pretty well; it was windy out there so I had to play smart and wait for my chances then go for it.

“But the most important thing was the movement. The last time I played on clay was last year at the French Open so I’m pretty pleased,” Jankovic told the WTA Tour website.

Harrismith-born Scheepers is has already faced Jankovic this year, going down 6-2 6-3 in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free tournament in February. How she fares this time out will show how much she has come on since that clash.