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- SA women lead but go down to England in Summer Series
- Rain delay shortens Joburg Open still further
Kevin into next round
- Updated: February 14, 2012
Our top ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson moved into the second round of the SAP Open in San Jose, California on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
After dropping the first set 2-6 to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, Anderson fought back to win the remaining two sets on tiebreak for a final score of 2-6 7-6 (5)┬á 7-6 (3).
The big-serving Anderson sent down 15 aces compared to Dimitrov’s seven in a match lasting 2hr 27min. His service also showed good consistency as he won 83% of points on his first service.
Seeded sixth for the $531,000 tournament, Anderson will next face the winner of the match between up and coming Australian Matthew Ebden and Israel’s Dudi Sela.
In the same tournament, fellow South African Izak van der Merwe lost 6-3 6-3 to Germany’s Tobias Kamke in the first round.
Meanwhile our top women’s player, Chani Scheepers’ dreams of Doha success were dashed at the Qatar Open on Monday.
Scheepers went down in straight sets to American Christina McHale in the opening round of the tournament.
McHale, currently ranked 38th on the WTA Tour rankings, won in straight sets 6-4 6-3.
The action lasted an hour and 25 minutes out on court three and the teenager came out tops in pretty much all facets of the game.
McHale served the only ace of the match while Scheepers’ cause wasn’t helped by the six double faults she had against her name. McHale now takes on 12th seeded Chinese player Shuai Peng in the next round.
And in Australia our second ranked singles player, Chanel Simmonds lost both her singles and doubles matches at an ITF tournament in Sydney, Australia.
Seeded fourth for the $25,000 tournament, she went down to local girl Sacha Jones in three sets 5-7 6-4 6-1.
In the double she teamed up with Turkey’s Pemra Ozgen but went down to the Aussie combination of Akiko Omae and Yurika Sema in straight sets.