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Maria ousts Chani
- Updated: February 9, 2012
Our top-ranked singles tennis player, Chani Scheepers was left in the wake of mighty Maria Sharapova in the second round of the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Seeded first for this tournament, Sharapova needed just eight minutes over an hour on the Central Court to go past Scheepers in straight sets 6-3 6-1.
The Russian broke Scheepers once in the first set and twice in the second to make the quarter-finals.
Still, if there was one department where the South African held sway it was in the aces department. Not renowned for her powerful service the Harrismith born player fired down three aces to the solitary one by Sharapova.
But she undid all that good work with eight double faults as Sharapova had two of her own.
Sharapova will now take on the winner of the match between Romania’s Monica Niculescu and German ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the quarters.
It wasn’t a great day for South African as second seeds Natalie Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova went out in the first round of the doubles, losing a three-setter (6-7 6-2 6-10) to the US/Czech combination of Jilly Craybas and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Then in Launceston, Australia our second ranked singles player, Chanel Simmonds went out in the first round of an ITF Futures event, losing to Russia’s Ksenia Lykina in straight sets 6-1 6-3.