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Chani downed in Texas

Our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers lost in the opening round of the Texas Open tennis tournament on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

After Scheepers had come through the qualifying stages unscathed, the Harrismith-born player drew Angelique Kerber in the first round.

Scheepers was ranked 82nd when the WTA Tour rankings were released on Monday, bouncing back into the top 100 after slipping down to 101st recently.

Kerber is ranked 107th and the German prevailed on this occasion, winning a three-set encounter 4-6 6-2 7-5 in a match lasting two hours 18 minutes.

Scheepers had just one ace compared to Kerber’s four but this was offset by the fact that she had only three double faults to the nine of Kerber.

First service percentage was pretty even at 56% for Scheepers and 61% for Kerber and there wasn’t much in it in the other statistics of the match. Kerber will now take on American Melanie Oudin in the next round.

Meanwhile our top-ranked men’s player, Kevin Anderson was due to play American wildcard Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open, also in America

Anderson, ranked 34th in the world, is seeded sixth for the tournament.