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Kevin, Chani in action

Our top-ranked men’s and women’s tennis players are both in action around the globe this week, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kevin Anderson is in action at the SAP Open in San Jose, California where he takes on Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Anderson is seeded sixth for the $531,000 tournament and he’ll have company in the shape of Izak van der Merwe who plays Germany’s Tobias Kamke.

Dimitrov is ranked 82nd on the ATP Tour rankings list compared to Anderson’s 35th but Anderson won’t be taking that ranking too seriously. He’s got some unfinishing business with the Bulgarian having lost in straight sets to the 20-year-old at Eastbourne last year.

Meanwhile Rik de Voest came through the qualifying rounds and now plays Italian Andreas Seppi in the first round of the ABN AMRO World tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Top-ranked women’s player Chani Scheepers takes on unseeded Christina McHale in the first round of the Qatar Total Open in Doha on Monday.

Scheepers started the week at 43rd on the WTA Tour rankings, one up from last week’s 44th spot.

She takes on McHale, the teenage player ranked just five spots higher than her (38th) and its the first time that the two have faced off. They’ll be in action out on Court Three.