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Hopes hinge on Kevin
- Updated: August 26, 2011
Our South African players have had some ups and downs on the tennis circuit this week. The fourth and final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open has commenced and with Fritz Wolmarans going out of the qualifying in the second round to Canadian Frank Dancevic our hopes are now firmly pinned on Kevin Anderson.
Anderson is due to play a qualifier in the first round and falls within the same group as Roger Federer and Mardy Fish. Tough company indeed!
On the other side of the world Raven Klaasen was playing at the $50,000 Astana Challenger in Kazakstan. Seeded sixth in the singles Raven was ousted by Jan Minar (CZE) 6-3 3-6 7-6 (6) in the first round. He and his American partner John Fruttero, seeded second, had better luck in the doubles where they lost in the semi finals to the number four seeds Harri Heliovaara and Denys Molchanov.
Chanel Simmonds was playing in the $50,000 Istanbul ITF but went out in the second round to Germany’s Annika Beck 6-4 6-3.
On the junior circuit a number of our players went to the Mauritius Open which offered a rather small draw in both the boys and girls sections. Joshua Chetty, Keaton Saunders and Lindsay Truscott all lost their first round matches whilst Nelise Verster who had a bye in her first round went out to the number three seed H Andriamananarivo 6-4 6-2.
Adriaan du Toit also went out in the second round to Mirolslav Herzan 6-3 2-6 7-6 (4). After a first round bye Melissa Laing fell in the quarter-finals to the number two seed from India Simran Kaur 6-1 6-1.