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Great win for Kevin

He may have no further part to play in the singles competition but Kevin Anderson has made his mark felt in the doubles category at Wimbledon.

Beaten by second seed Novak Djokovic in the second round of the singles last week, our top-ranked singles player teamed up with Julian Knowle of Austria in the doubles at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

And the two of them pulled off a memorable straight sets win over second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor. Anderson and Knowle beat the Belarussian/Canadian combination 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) 6-3.

South African interest in the competition was also boosted by 11th seeded Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman’s second round win. Moodie and Belgium’s Norman beat the British pairing of Jaimie Delgado and Jonathan Marray in a four-set match, going through 4-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (6) 6-2. In first round action Moodie and Norman had earlier ended the hopes of fellow South African Izak van der Merwe and Phillipines partner Treat Huey with a straight sets 7-5 7-6 win.

Anderson and Knowle are in action again on Monday when they come up against German’s Christopher Kas and Austrian Alexander Peya.

Moodie went out in the mixed doubles competition, with American Raquel Kops-Jones. The two were leading Rogier Wassen (Netherlands) and Alicja Rosolka (Poland) 2-1 before retiring.

There’s also South African interest in the women’s doubles where there was an excellent win for Chani Scheepers. Scheepers went out in the first round of the doubles competition but she bounced back to team up with Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova. The two put out the dangerous combination of ninth-seeds Julia Goerges (Germany) and Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, prevailing in three sets 6-2 5-7 6-4

They now come up against the all-Italian line-up of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in the second round. Also there in the second round is South African Natalie Grandin and Czech team-mate Vladimira Uhlirova. They beat the Canadian/Turkish combination of Rebecca Marion and Ipek Senoglu 6-3 6-2 in the first round.

Grandin is also still in the mixed doubles with Ashley Fisher while Wayne Ferreira, the last South African man to reach the third round of the singles in Wimbledon seven years ago, is playing in the men’s invitational doubles with Yevgeny Kafelnikov from Russia.

Meanwhile in the juniors Wayne Montgomery, who played in this section for the first time, was beaten in the first round by Britain’s Oliver Hudson 6-4 3-6 7-5.