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Paris win for Kevin

A total of 22 aces saw our top-ranked Kevin Anderson move into the second round of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris on Tuesday.

Anderson dropped just one set as he saw off the challenge of Frenchman Nicolas Mahut on the red clay-courts of Roland Garros, writes Mark Etheridge.

Seeded 32nd for the tournament, Anderson went through 6-4 6-4 6-7 6-3 in a match lasting 3hrs 06min.

Unseeded Mahut sent down nine aces of his own but was also double-faulted twice as often as Anderson (6-3).

Anderson also had a slightly less impressive first service percentage (65% to 72%) but an 80% winning percentage on his booming serve saw him through to the second round.

Roland Garros statistics also show that Anderson’s fastest service was a rocket of 217kph while his first service averaged 19kph.

Anderson will now come up against unseeded Argentinian Juan Ignacio Chela in the next round after Chela had beaten American Tim Smyczek in straight sets. This will be the first occasion that the two have met at any level.

Meanwhile, our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers will play world No 27 Maria Kirilenko of Russia in the second round on Wednesday after winning her first round match on Monday.

Anderson will also be in double action with Aussie partner Carsten Bell while our top-ranked doubles player, Weslie Moodie, and big Belgian Dick Norman, take on the South American duo of Juan Sebastian Chabal (Colombia) and Argentina’s Eduardo Schwank.

Scheepers is also first round doubles action — she and partner Kai-Chen Chang of Taipei come up against the impressive pairing of Slovakia’s Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, the tournament’s second seeds.