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Kevin Anderson’s Western and Southern Open came to an end in Cincinnati on Wednesday as he went out in the second round, writes Mark Etheridge.

After beating Belgium’s Xavier Malisse in the first round of the $2.5-million tournament, Anderson went out to Richard Gasquet.

That match on Court Four ended 7-6 (4) 6-4, the Frenchman needing an hour and 39 minutes to seal victory.

That was despite Anderson sending down 12 aces compared to Gasquet’s five while double-faults were shared at one apiece.

Gasquet, ranked 12th in the world compared to Anderson’s 35th, needed just one service break in the second set to seal things in an evenly matched encounter. First service percentages were 63% for Anderson and 71% for
Gasquet and in the final analysis the Frenchman won just eight points more than Anderson in the course of the match.

Next up for Gasquet will be the tournament’s seventh seed, American Mardy Fish.

Earlier in the week our top ranked women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers, went down to Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the second round.


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