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Kevin aces first round

Our top-ranked player, Kevin Anderson got his Regions Morgan Keegan Championships campaign up and running in Memphis, Tennessee on Thursday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Seeded seventh for the tournament, Anderson’s big serve proved the difference as he beat qualifier Robby Ginepri in straight sets, 7-5 6-3.

The match, played on the Stadium Court, lasted just an hour and 15 minutes as Anderson smashed down 19 aces to just five from his American opponent. Anderson won an impressive 97% of points on his first service.

Anderson, who started the week ranked 36th compared to Ginepri’s 218th, broke serve once in each set and now goes on to meet Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals of the $1.1-million tournament.

Anderson and Querrey are no strangers, having faced off on a previous six occasions. Querry has won five of those meetings, the last being at last years ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Rome where Anderson retired with injury.

However Anderson is ranked 63 places higher than the American and will be disappointed if he doesn’t go through to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile on the women’s circuit, our second-ranked singles player Chanel Simmonds crashed out of the ITF $25,000 Mildura event in Australia. Seeded first for the tournament, the Kempton Park teenager lost to in-form Australian Ashleigh Barty┬á 6-2 6-3 in the first round of the event.