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Chani out in Paris
- Updated: May 30, 2012
South African interest in the women’s singles competition at this year’s French Open was extinguished in Paris on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers, went out in the second round of the year’s second Grand Slam tennis event.
She lost in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 to Nadia Petrova. The Russian is seeded 27th for this year’s tournament and took an hour and half to send Scheepers crashing out on Court 17.
Despite relative parity on first service percentage, Scheepers was out-aced 6-0 and the two players both had five double-faults.
It was on serve that Petrova had the upper hand, winning 75% of her first service points compared to Scheepers’ 53%.
Meanwhile our top-ranked men’s player, Kevin Anderson was also in second round action.
After a marathon five-set win in the first round, 31st seed Anderson is up against Argentinian Horacio Zeballos on Wednesday.