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Chani out in China

Despite celebrating her highest WTA Tour ranking to date, Chani Scheepers was unable to build on that good news as she lost in the second round of the China Open in Beijing on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Scheepers beat Chinese wildcard Yue-Yue Hu in the first round but found the in-form Monica Niculescu too much to handle in the second round. Niculescu, who had beaten fourth-seeded Na Li in the first round, continued her good run to move into the third round.

The final score was 6-2 6-1 and the match was over in an hour and 18 minutes. Neither player managed an ace and Scheepers had four double faults to Niculescu’s one.

Nicelescu’s first service percentage was all but faultless at 86% compared to Scheepers’ 53% and the South African also battled on serve, with a 38% first service success rate.

Scheepers started the week ranked 41st, her highest career ranking to date, while Niculescu, who turned 24 last month, is ranked 16 positions lower.

She’ll now come up against French qualifier Virginie Razzano in the third round.

Meanwhile our doubles ace, Natalie Grandin, had to retire in the first round of the doubles competition in China, her and partner Vladimira Uhlirova being down 2-0 when Grandin suffered stomach problems. They were up against Australia/Slovenian combination of Jarmila Gajdosova and Andreja Klepac.