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Chani beaten in Brussels

Up one day, down the next.. that was Chani Scheepers’ experience of the Brussels Open in Belgium this week, writes Mark Etheridge.

After a fine opening round where she beat Russia’s 24th-ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova it was expected that she’d breed past local wildcard teenager Alison van Uytvanck.

But the world’s 45th ranked player went down in three sets to the local girl, going out 6-4 4-6 2-6 on Wednedsday in a match lasting 2hr 08min on the clay court surface.

Double faults continued to bug her, as she had eight against her with nothing in the way of aces to compensate for them.

First service percentages were all but equal, as were points won on first service.

Van Uytvanck, 18, had the edge in second serve point won (54% to 42%) but Scheepers would have been expected to move past a player ranked a lowly 450th in the world and who says her favourite surface is grass.

Scheepers will now switch focus to the French Open starting on Sunday. Both her and our top ranked men’s player, Kevin Anderson, are in the main draw of the year’s second grand slam. The draw is expected to be announced on Thursday.