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Moodie a lone survivor

Wesley Moodie is the sole South African standing as this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament moved into the second week on Monday.

That after a day that saw the demise of three more South Africans, all in the doubles competition. Our top-ranked doubles player, Moodie and Belgian partner Dick Norman must still await the names of their second round opponents, writes Mark Etheridge.

It will be either the fifth seeded Austrian/German combination of Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner or unseeded Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram.

On Monday top-seeded South African singles player, Kevin Anderson went out in the third round of the doubles. After beating second seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor earlier in the competition, he and Austria’s Julian Knowle went out in a five-set thriller on Court 12. They lost to Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya, going down 7-6 (5) 6-7 (1), 6-4 5-7 8-6.

In the women’s doubles, our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers was unable to build on an excellent first round win where she and Bulgarian partner Tsvetana Pironkova beat ninth seeds Julia Goerges (Germany) and Russia’s Maria Kirilenko.

On Monday they were beaten by the Italian combination of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, going down in straight sets 6-3 6-1. Pironkova was undoubtedly tired after her great win against the five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams earlier in the day.

Natalie Grandin and Czech mate Vladimira Uhlirova went down in the second round. They fell to the tournament’s 13th seeds, Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova and Polish partner Agnieszka Radwanksa, going down 6-4 4-6 4-6 out on Court 10.

There was nothing going for Grandin in the mixed doubles either as she and Australian partner Ashley Fisher went down to the eighth seeds, Daniel Nestor of Canada and Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei, losing 6-2 6-3.


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