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SA stars in Wimbledon
- Updated: June 17, 2011
Our top-ranked men’s and women’s singles tennis players both face Asian opponents in the first round of the 2011 Wimbledon grand slam tournament, writes Mark Etheridge.
The draw for the year’s third grand slam tournament was made in London on Friday and Kevin Anderson will come up against Ukraine player Illya Marchenko while Chani Scheepers takes on Russian’ Evgeniya Rodina in first round action.
Anderson, ranked 38th on the ATP Tour rankings list, will take on a player ranked 68 positions lower than him.
The 23-year-old Marchenko, who was born in the tongue-twisting┬á city of Dneprodzerzhinsk, is two years younger than Anderson.
The two have met on one previous occasion and Anderson will be boosted by the fact that he beat Marchenko in straight sets, 6-3 6-2, in the Los Angeles Open in the US last year.
Meanwhile Scheepers comes up against Rodina, a player ranked 11 places higher than her.
Scheepers has dropped down the WTA rankings and currently sits at No94 after a career-high 65th place earlier this year.
The two are yet to meet each other at a competitive level.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles our top-seeded double player, Wesley Moodie will team up with Belgian Dick Norman once again. The two are seeded 11th in the doubles and play Moodie’s fellow South African Izak van der Merwe and the unusual sounding Treat Huey of Philippines.
Anderson will also be in doubles action. He and Australia’s Julian Knowle play the Czech combo of Karol Beck and David Skoch.
SA women in double action see Scheepers teaming up with Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova and they take on the ninth seeded pairing of the in-form Julia Goerges of Germany and the talented Russian Maria Kirilenko.
And then Natalie Grandin is another SA player in action. She joins Czech player Vladimirs Uhlirova and the two take on Rebecca Marino of Canada and Turkey’s Ipek Senoglu.
Meanwhile SA Tennis’ Wendy Chadwick reports that the qualifying tournament has been pushed to a fifth day after bad British weather marred the event which usually finishes on a Thursday.
Only four matches were completed on Thursday during the rain-interrupted day, which saw play suspended at 6.30pm due to poor conditions. South African Rik de Voest, Soweto Open finalist, is to play his third round qualifying match later on Friday.
106th ranked 23 … right handed┬á Dneprodzerzhinsk