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Chanel beaten in Oz
- Updated: January 12, 2012
Teenager Chanel Simmonds fell at the first hurdle of qualifying for the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Playing out on Court 10 at the year’s first Grand Slam, Gauteng’s Simmonds went down 6-1 6-2 to France’s Claire Feuerstein.
In a match lasting just two minutes over the hour mark, Simmonds had the better first service percentage (59% compared to 46%), was out-aced 3-1 and also had one more double fault (three) than her opponent.
But it was in the winning percentages that Feurstein was streets ahead on this occasion, winning an excellent 95% of her first service points, compared to just 50% by Simmonds.
Simmonds was broken on six occasions, only managing to break Feuerstein once. Feuerstein will now go on to meet either fifth seed Alexandra Panova of Russia or Australian Sally Peers in the next round.