- Blitzboks blast past Kiwis to reach Dubai semi-finals
- Van Niekerk pays tribute to triumphant Bolt
- Banyana dominate but go down to Ghana in playoff
- Blitzboks bag three wins in Dubai
- International honours for Olympic coach Barrow
- Hall of Fame honours for SA legend Sally Little
- Blitzboks off to a great start with Ugandan whitewash
- Banyana going all out to bag bronze in Cameroon
- Powell opts for experience at Dubai Sevens
- First IGT Tour win for Arnoldi at Centurion
Grandin makes final
- Updated: August 22, 2011
South African Natalie Grandin and Czech mate Vladimira Uhlirova got to their fourth final of the season when they lost to Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
In the semis Grandin and Uhlirova had beaten top seeds, Wimbledon champions and joint top-ranked doubles combination Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik (CZE/SLO). Pesche and Srebotnik had won three tournaments on the trot going into the Cincinnati tournament.
It was the unseeded Grandin and Uhlirova’s fourth final this year but their first on the hardcourt surface and also their first at Premier level. They are currently ranked 36th and 37th in the world. They’d also beaten the fourth seeded Russian combo of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova en route to the final.
In the final third seeded King, United States, and Kazhakstan’s Shvedova came through 6-4 3-6 11-9 with Grandin and Uhlirova at one stage two points away from victory in the final set.
For reaching the final, Grandin and Uhlirova pocketed a healthy $51,500 to share between themselves. The duo were back in action on Monday for first run action in the $618,000 New Haven Open in Connecticut where they faced the German/Czech combo of Kristina Barrois and Klara Zakopalova.
Meanwhile our top-ranked men’s player, Kevin Anderson is in action in the $553,00 Winston-Salem Open this week. Seeded sixth for the tournament he had a first round bye and will take on the winner of the match between Romania’s Victor Hanescu and American wild card Ryan Harrison in the second round. Anderson moved one spot up the rankings on Monday and now sits at 34th in the world.
Top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, came through qualifying to reach the main draw of the Texas Open in Dallas. She bounced back up the WTA Tour rankings to 82nd from 101st last year and will play Germany’s Angelique Kerber who is ranked at 107th.