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Kevin Anderson and Chani Scheepers’ climb up the international tennis rankings continued on Monday and both have moved up to career-high positions, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson reached the quarter-finals of the China Open last week, losing to Marin Cilic of Croatia, and that good run of form saw him elevated one position to No30.

The Johannesburg professional has made it clear that he wants to end the year in the top 20 and he is certainly getting towards that goal. Second best South AFrican, Rik de Voest, slipped seven spot down to 129th spot but Izak van der Merwe improved by four and is now just three spots behind De Voest in 132nd place.

Scheepers who won her maiden WTA Tour title in Guangzhou, China recently, where she beat 28th ranked Mario Kirilenko en route to the final, reached the Last 32 round of the China Open in Beijing last week.

She’s moved up four spots on the WTA Tour rankings and is enjoying a career-high ranking of 37th.

Our next best ranked player is Chanel Simmonds, who has been plying her trade in Indonesia recently. She is now ranked 220th, an improvement of 26 spots from last week’s rankings.

Third is doubles specialist Natalie Grandin up 10 spots to 625th. She and Czech team-mate Vladimira Uhlirova are in first round action at the Generali Ladies Linz tournament in Austria on Monday where they take on Italians Alberta Brianti and Sara Errani. They’re seeded second for the $220,000 tournament.

Scheepers meanwhile is in action at the $200,000 HP Japan Women’s Open in Tokyo where she plays 102nd ranked Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia in the first round.


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