- 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
- SA wheelchair tennis rocked by tragedy
Teenager upsets Kevin
- Updated: October 11, 2011
The high of his career-best singles ranking didn’t last long for Kevin Anderson on Monday as he was dumped out of the first round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters tournament by a little known Australian teenager, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson celebrated being ranked 30th when the ATP Tour rankings were released on Monday. But there was double celebration for Bernard Tomic on the Grandstand court. Not only did he himself celebrate a career-high ranking of 49th (moving up nine spots) but he beat a player ranked 19 spots above him.
Tomic had a tough time though, needing 2hr 38min to beat the lanky South African in three sets, 7-6 (5) 6-7 (4) 6-3. Not even an incredible count of 25 aces to seven in Anderson’s favour could save the day.
First service percentages were pretty even, 62% for Anderson and 67% for Tomic and Anderson shaded the first service points won (82% to 77%). It was in the second service stats that Tomic came up tops with a 69% success rate compared to just 40% by Anderson.
Tomic also ended the day, having not surrendered his service in regulation play.
“I’m happy I won against a player like Kevin because he can beat so many world class players on his day,” Tomic told the ATPWorldtour website after his victory. “I was happy to break him in that third and I think that’s what won the match,” he added.
“I’m happy I won that third set because his serve was too good the whole game.┬áTo get into tournaments like this, play main draws is a way to build your ranking up even faster.┬áIt’s really tough to get there.┬áI’m lucky I did it at a young age.┬áI’ve got a long way to go, and a lot of things ahead of me.”
Meanwhile Chani Scheepers advanced to the second round of the HP Japan Women’s Open in Osaka on Monday. Our top-ranked player, now ranked 37th in the world, beat Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva easily enough, in straight sets 6-2 6-2 in a match lasting just an hour. Aces were shared at two apiece with Kudryavtseva having five double faults to Scheepers’ two.
Seeded seventh for the tournament, Scheepers next comes up against Kazhakstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova┬á who beat fellow qualifier Shuko Aoyama in straight sets 6-2 6-0.
In European action, our doubles ace Natalie Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova went down in the first round of the Generali Ladies LInze tournament in Austria on Monday.
They went out in three sets, 6-6 7-6 10-4 in a match lasting just over two hours, to Italy’s Alberta Brianti and Sara Errani