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Moodie ends SA hopes
- Updated: June 30, 2011
South Africa’s part in this year’s Wimbledon tennis tournament is over with Wesley Moodie losing in the third round of the doubles competition on Wednesday.
Moodie was the last remaining South African representative in the any category of the year’s third Grand Slam tournament, writes Mark Etheridge.
Seeded 11th with Belgian Dick Norman, Moodie went out to Juergen Melzer and Phillip Petzschner, the tournament’s defending champions. The Austrian/German combination beat Moodie and Norman in four sets 7-6 (5) 6-3 4-6 6-2 to set put a quarter-final clash with top seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan.
It was a busy day for Melzer and Petzschner as they had earlier had to wrap up a second round match against Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram after the match had been interrupted by rain on Tuesday.
Moodie and Kevin Anderson progressed furthest of the South Africans at this year’s tournament, both reaching the third round in the doubles category. In the singles draw Anderson and Rik de Voest both went out in the second round. In the womens’ competition, our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers went out in the first round.