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Chani exits Charleston

Chani Scheepers’ run came to an end at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday.

After two fine matches in the early rounds, her tournament ended with a third round loss to third seeded Jelena Jankovic. Our top-ranked player at 80th in the world (although she can expect an improvement in the new rankings that will be released on Monday), Scheepers went down in straight sets to the powerful Serb, 6-2 6-2.

Her stay in Charleston ended after 1hr 21min of action but she’s no doubt picked up more experience in this, her second loss to Jankovic this year.

There wasn’t much in it in terms of aces (two for Jankovic, one for Scheepers) or double faults (three to Scheepers, one to Jankovic) and their first service percentages were also pretty even at 68% for Jankovic and 64% for Scheepers.

The difference came in first service points won with Jankovic having a 74% success rate compared to just 47% by Harrismith-born Scheepers.

Said Jankovic, the 2007 Charleston champion, after her match: “I played a pretty good match. There were some tough points, some interesting points where I was sliding and hitting a lot of balls,” Jankovic said. “I’m trying to adjust my movement to the clay, and I think I’m doing pretty well. I still need some work, but I’m getting better. I look forward to my next match.”

Jankovic’s next match will be a quarter-final clash against up and coming American Christina McHale.


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