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SA trio out in Madrid
- Updated: May 8, 2012
It was a bad day at the office for our tennis players in Spain on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.
All three of our players in action were on the wrong end of results at the ATP 1000 Mutua Madrid Open.
Our top-ranked singles player, Kevin Anderson was in doubles action. On paper the power-serving combination of himself and American John Isner is an inspirational one.
But this wasn’t the case on the blue clay courts of Madrid and they went down to the South American combination of Juan Cabal (Colombia) and Eduardo Schwank (Argentina). They went down in straight sets, 6-4 7-6(4).
Anderson plays Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych in the second round of the men’s singles on Tuesday. Berdych is seeded sixth for the tournament.
In the women’s tournament in Madrid our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers went down to Italy’s Sara Errani. Playing out on Court Four, Scheepers went down in three sets 6-4 2-6 3-6. The two were out on court for 2hr 21min for the first round clash, shared the ace score at one apiece but Scheepers had three double-faults to Errani’s one. Scheepers started the tournament, having dropped out of the WTA top 50 rankings for the first time in a while. Errani is ranked 24th in the world.
Then in the women’s doubles Natalie Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova went down to the Slovakian combination of Dominika Cibulkova and Janette Husarova. Grandin was part of our Fed Cup line-up who did battle in Egypt a few weeks back. She and Uhlirova lost in three sets 3-6 7-6 7-10.