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Grandin goes out

Our second best women’s tennis player, Natalie Grandin went out of the Mercury Insurance Open tournament in Carlsbad, California on Monday.

Currently ranked a lowly 764th on the WTA Tour rankings compared to her career-high of 144th six years ago, Grandin came through the qualifying rounds to reach the main draw. There she faced the 16th seeded Polona Hercog, writes Mark Etheridge.

And despite taking the Slovenian to three sets, she was unable to stop the world’s 40th ranked player from progressing to the second round with a 7-6 (1), 2-6 6-4 win.

She did though, manage to keep the 16th seed out on court for more than two hours in the $721,000 tournament.

Still in the tournament though is Grandin’s fellow South African Chani Scheepers.

Scheepers’ ranking has dropped slightly in recent weeks and she went into the tournament ranked 94th. She will take on Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the first round on Tuesday.

The Czech is ranked 72nd in the world and should Scheepers get past her she faces another toughie in the shape of eighth seeded Daniella Hantuchova of Slovakia.


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