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Kevin, Chani beaten
- Updated: April 21, 2011
It wasn’t a great day at the office for our top-ranked tennis aces on Wednesday, as both Kevin Anderson and Chani Scheepers lost their matches on clay.
Anderson lost in the second round of the Barcelona Open in Spain, going out to Victor Hanescu of Romania in straight sets 6-4 6-4, writes Mark Etheridge.
The towering South African won the aces count 6-4 in a tight match, with a first service percentage of 70% compared to Hanescu’s 74% but was broken once in each set in 1hr 30min of action.
Hanescu now goes on to play fourth seeded Spaniard David Ferrer in the third round.
Meanwhile Scheepers, playing the GP de SAR la Princess Lalla Meryem tournament in Fes, Morocco, suffered a first fournd defeat to Slovenia’s top-ranked player, Polona Hercog.
Scheepers fought all the way before going down in a three-setter, 6-7 (6) 7-6 (1) 6-2.
Ranked 76th in the world, Scheepers didn’t serve any aces, compared to the four of Hercog. There was a high percentage of double faults — six apiece — in the match lasting almost three hours.
Hercog now goes on to play USA’s Melanie Oudin in the second round.