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First round exit for Chani
- Updated: January 2, 2012
Our top-ranked singles tennis player, Chani Scheepers didn’t get her 2012 off to the best of starts on Monday, going out in the first round of the Brisbane International, writes Mark Etheridge.
Scheepers, who had a fine year in 2011 and ended 38th on the WTA world rankings, came up against former world number one Serena Williams in the opening round of the $655,000 tournament Australian tournament.
The 30-year-old American ‘veteran” beat Scheepers in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 in her first appearance since winning the Australian open two years ago.
Williams, seeded fourth for the tournament, will now play Bojan Jovanovski of Serbia in the second round.
Scheepers’ cause wasn’t helped by a slew of eight double faults (Williams had three of her own) and she was only able to ace Williams on one occasion while being aced on seven occasions by Williams.
The match lasted 1hr 08min out on the Pat Rafter Arena Scheepers fought hard to stay in contention. Her first service percentage of 53% was close to Williams’ 59% and she won 65% of points on her first service compared to the 71% of Williams.
It was the second service stats that saw a big difference ÔÇô 27-year-old Scheepers was only able to convert 30% of her second services while Williams won 58% of hers.
Top seed for the tournament is Australian player Samantha Stosur.