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Great win for Chani
- Updated: May 23, 2012
Chani Scheepers has blasted through to the second round of the Brussels Open tennis tournament in Belgium in impressive fashion, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked women’s player, Scheepers beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.
Having moved up five places to 45th on the WTA Tour rankings, she sealed her 7-5 6-2 win on the red claycourt surface in an hour and 37 minutes.
Twenty-year-old Pavylyuchenkova is currently ranked 24th in the world and Scheepers’ win here will no doubt do no harm to her rankings next week.
It was a no-ace game but once again Scheepers encountered problems with her service and had eight double faults compared to her ninth-seeded opponent’s four.
First service percentage was all square at 61% apiece but in term of points won on service, Scheepers had the edge in both her first and second service, especially so on second service.
Having successfully overcome that first round hurdle she should now have a far easier task against Belgian wildcard Alison van Uytvanck in the second round.
Should she get past the Belgian, she faces a potential match-up against top seeded (and world No3) Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in the quarters.
Meanwhile, there wasn’t good news for our men’s played in the qualifying rounds of the French Open at Roland Garos on Tuesday. Izak van der Merwe and Rik de Voest both crashed out in the first round, Van der Merwe to Brazilian Thiego Alves (7-6 6-3) and De Voest to Florent Serra of France (6-1 6-1).