- Ellis: ‘We never gave up and kept playing and fighting’
- Garlicki keen to get going on home turf
- Blitzbok speedsters gearing up for Wellington action
- Banyana go down 2-0 to France in Reunion
- Birkett and Solms wrap up Drak Challenge wins
- Park posts her maiden Sunshine Tour victory
- White-hot racing as McGregor, Solms lead Drak
- Ellis urges Banyana players to show off their talents
- Mokoka makes Marathon Majors debut in Tokyo
- Park’s 68 puts her two shots clear at SA Masters
Kevin wins in Texas
- Updated: April 12, 2012
Our top-ranked singles player, Kevin Anderson is through to the second round of the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas, writes Mark Etheridge.
Anderson, seeded fifth for the $442,500 tournament, Anderson beat 99th-ranked Joao Souza in straight sets, 6-3 6-4.
It was the first time that he’d played the 23-year-old Brazilian and he came through easily enough.
He out-aced his opponent 5-4 but then had five double faults against his name compared to Souza’s three.
His first service percentage tallied out at 54% compared to Souza’s 60% but his overall game proved too good in the final analysis.
Next up for Anderson, who started the week ranked 33rd on the ATP list,┬á is a match against American Sam Querrey in the second round. Querrey came through against Frenchman Eric Prodon in straight sets 6-1 6-4.
Anderson has a 5-3 win record against Querrey and won their last encounter at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Miami last year. But he’ll need to be wary as Querrey won their only clay court clash, in Rome two years ago.