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Kevin, Chani beaten

Our top-ranked men’s and women’s tennis players both went down at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, United States on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kevin Anderson had an easy passage into the third round with a first-round bye and then his German opponent, Phillip Kohlschreiber, pulled out of second-round match due to illness.

But Anderson’ free ride was more than made up for by the fact that he then faced top-seeded Novak Djokovich in the third round. The Serb had little trouble in getting past the 29th seeded Anderson 6-2 6-3 to record his fourth win in a row over the South African.

Anderson’s big-serving game was broken twice in the first sent and once in the second. Anderson did win the aces count, sending down seven compared to Djokovic’s five.

The match lasted an hour and 37 minutes and afterwards Djokovic gave credit to the 30th ranked Anderson. “It was close,” Djokovic told AFP agency. “The score doesn’t indicate how close it was. I played him a couple of times before and in most of our matches the first set goes for a half hour or more.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition at this Californian tournament, Chani Scheepers went down to seventh seeded Marion Bartoli in straight sets,

The final score was 6-2 6-0 in a match lasting an hour and 11 minutes out on Stadium Three.

Scheepers was trumped 3-0 in the aces department and had five double-faults to her French opponent’s six.

In her earlier matches, Scheepers had beaten another French player, Mathilde Johannsson (6-3 6-3) and then ousted 29th seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia with the same scoreline in a fine win for the Harrismith born player.

Scheepers finds herself currently ranked 47th on the WTA rankings but her win over Kanepi is sure to boost her a few places when the new rankings come out next week.