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Kevin in doubles final

Top ranked singles player Kevin Anderson went out in the quarter-finals of the SAP Open in San Jose last week but then went almost all the way in the doubles draw, writes Mark Etheridge.

Anderson lost to defending champion Milos Raonic but teamed up with Frank Moser of Germany and the two reached the final of the doubles category.

There they gave fourth-seeds Mark Knowles and Xavier Malisse a tough go of it before going down to the Bahama/Belgium combination in three sets, 4-6 6-1 5-10. The two picked up $15,310 for their efforts.

Anderson, who starts the week ranked 36th on the ATP Tour rankings list, now moves on to Tennessee where he’ll play qualifier Robby Ginepri in round one of the ATP 500 Memphis International.

In Europe, second seeded Rik de Voest beat Monaco’s Benjamin Balleret 6-7 6-2 7-6 in round two of qualifying for the Vingtieme Open in France.

On the women’s circuit our second-ranked singles player, Chanel Simmonds, plays Aussie teenager Ashleigh Barty in the opening round of the ITF $25,000 tournament in Mildura. At the weekend Barty celebrated her first ITF tournament victory when she won the ITF $25,000 tournament in Sydney. Simmonds is seeded first for the Mildura tournament.

In the Dubai Duty Free Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova of Czech Republic will play fourth seeds Nuria Llagostera (Spa) and Anastasia Rodianova (Aus) in round one.