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Kevin, Chani go through

He may have had to save four match points but our top-ranked singles player, Kevin Anderson finally moved through to the second round of the French Open in Paris on Monday.

The marathon match against Portugal’s Rui Machado had been held over due to bad light on Sunday afternoon.

Resuming at 7-7 in the fifth and deciding set, Anderson eventually came up trumps 7-6 (2) 6-7 (6) 4-6 6-1 11-9.

Seeded 31st for the year’s second grand slam tournament, Anderson had his big-service game to thank for the win as he fired down 26 aces to Machado’s three.

Currently ranked 34th on the ATP Tour rankings, Andeson now plays Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, a player ranked outside the top 100 (No108).

Our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, also went the distance in her first round clash, being taken to three sets against Spain’s Laur Pous-Tio.

She came through 6-4 2-6 6-1 and her reward for reaching the second round is a clash with 27th seed, Nadia Petrova of Russia.


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