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- Updated: June 26, 2012
It was wham, bang and exit the grand slam for our two South African singles players at the year’s third Grand Slam tennis tournament at Wimbledon on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
On day one of the classic English grass-cournt tournament, first Chani Scheepers went out and she was later followed by our top-ranked men’s player Kevin Anderson.
Scheepers went out to Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in two tight sets, 7-6 6-6 and the Harrismith-born athletes is still to get past the first round of Wimbledon, her best Grand Slam results have come on the claycourts of Roland Garos and the French Open.
Meanwhile Anderson, seeded 32nd for the tournament, went down to Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov for the second time in a few days.
He lost to Dmitrov in the quarter-finals at the Queen’s Club tournament and still had no answer on Monday.
Unusually for him, he was out-aced to the tune of 20-24 and also served up four double faults to none by the Bulgarian.
The match went to four sets before Anderson bowed out 5-7 6-7 7-6 3-6 in just under three and a half hours. Dmitrov now goes on to meet Cypriot Marcos Baghatis in the second round.