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Kevin wins, Chani loses

There was good and bad news for our two singles contestants at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

The good news was that top-ranked single player Kevin Anderson swept into the second round, the bad was that his female counterpart, Chani Scheepers was ousted.

Currently ranked 35th, Anderson overcame Belgium’s Xavier Malisse (54th in the world) in straight sets, triumphing 6-3 7-6 (6).

The tall South African’s service game was on fire as he thundered down 13 aces to just five by his opponent in a game out on Court Four that lasted an hour and 23min.

Apart from the aces, he had a first service percentage of 79% and won an impressive 86% of points on his first service.

He now faces 12th seeded Frenchman, Richard Gasquet in the second round. Other seeds in his section of the draw are Spain’s Rafael Nadal (2) and American Mardy Fish (7).

As for Scheepers, the loss can’t be seen as a train smash at all. After going through a lean spell in recent times, she came through qualifying well and beat Canada’s Rebecca Marina, the world’s 39th ranked player, in the first round.

She was always going to be up against it against sixth seeded Petra Kvitova on Tuesday. After all the Czech player is also ranked sixth in the world and won the singles title at Wimbledon earlier this year.

To her credit, Harrismith born Scheepers, now ranked 101st in the world, kept Kvitova out on Court Three for more than 90min before going out 7-6 (3) 6-3. She also came up with an ace but had a few more double faults (four) to hold her back. For her part Kvitova had four aces but an unimpressive nine double faults.


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