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Chani wins in Japan
- Updated: October 13, 2011
Chani Scheepers is into the third round of the HP Japan Women’s Open tournament in Osaka, Japan, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked women’s singles player came through a tough second round clash against Kazakhstan qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova on Thursday morning.
She was out on Court One for 2hr 20min before winning in three sets, 6-4 3-6 7-6 (5). Aces were shared at two apiece but Scheepers had to endure an unusually high number of double faults on this occasion, eight in all.
First service percentage was pretty even at 60% for Scheepers and 65% for her opponent but it was in points won on first service that cheepers shaded things, a 63% success rate compared to 54% by Shvedova.
Currently ranked 37th in the word, her highest ranking to date, Scheepers now has something of an anxious wait to see who she next comes up against. That will either be the easier option of Japan’s Misaki Doi or the in-form and tournament top seed Samantha Stosur of Australia in the third round. Stosur is currently ranked sixth in the world while Doi is ranked 113th.