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Chanel out in quarters
- Updated: July 27, 2011
Our second ranked women’s tennis player, Chanel Simmonds went down in the quarter-finals of the $50,000 Lexington Kentucky tournament in the United States.
The young Johannesburg player, who has been campaigning a fair deal on the Far East circuit, recently switched Asia for America. Ranked 247th on the WTA rankings, she caused an upset by beating the number one seed American Melanie Oudin in three hard-fought sets 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3.
Oudin is currently ranked 100th on the WTA list, the sixth highest in the United States. Simmonds then went on to beat the currently unranked Lauren Embree, also from the US 6-7 (3) 6-0 6-2.
But her next hurdle was a bridge too far and she went down to American Amanda Fink. With Fink ranked a lowly 401st on the rankings one would have expected Simmonds to go through but she went down 6-3 7-5. Fink went on to reach the final where she lost to fellow American Chichi Scholl in straight sets 6-1 6-1.
Simmonds has also teamed up with American Macall Harkins who did not qualify for singles. The pair combined well and managed to reach to the semi-finals of the doubles.