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Kevin wins at Queen’s
- Updated: June 8, 2011
Kevin Anderson won the battle of the big-servers to move through to the second round of the Aegon champions in London on Tuesday.
Our top-ranked player, Anderson outslugged Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic to win 6-4 7-6 (2), writes Mark Etheridge.
In a match lasting an hour and 31 minutes on the fast grass courts of court No2 at The Queens’ Club, Anderson had to settle for second best in the aces department. He fired down 11 aces, seven less than Karlovic. But Karlovic was double-faulted five times to Anderson’s one.
First service percentage was much of a muchness with Anderson having a 69% success rate to Karlovic’s 67% but it was on his second service that Anderson proved the more effective, wining 70% of points on offer to just 38% by Karlovic.
Starting the week ranked 39th in the world (four down from the previous week) and seeded 15th for the tournament, Anderson now comes up against American Donald Young in the next round of the euros 694,000 tournament.
Meanwhile our second-ranked women’s player, Chanel Simmonds missed out on making it three tournament titles in a┬á row on her Far East campaign.
Simmonds had won two events in Korea and was bidding for a third at the $25,000 Gimcheon ITF event.
She went through to the second round but had to retire injured against Korean opponent Hyun-Hei Hong while trailing 7-5 2-0.