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Third round spot in Melbourne for top-ranked Anderson

Kevin Anderson eased into the third round of the year’s first Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Coming up against Andrey Kuznetsov, our top-ranked player won in straight sets. He needed just 106 minutes to get past the Russian, winning 6-1 7-5 6-4.

That means he’ll come up against the winner of the Xavier Malisse/Fernando Velasco match.

Ranked more than 40 places above Kuznetsov, Anderson’s service game was on song as he fired down 19 aces to the Russian’s six.

His first-service percentage was 73% and he won 80% of points available on his first service.

Encouraging was the fact that his unforced error tally was just 16, a vast improvement on the 48 unforced errors he made in his first round win against Paolo Lorenzi.

In other South African action, Natalie Grandin and Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova went through to the second round of the women’s doubles. The 14th seeds beat Aussie duo Vikorija Rajicic and Storm Sanders in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.

And Chani Scheepers, who crashed out in the first round of the singles on Monday, teamed up with American Jill Craybas to also go through. They beat Rika Fukiwara of Japan and Bosnia-Herzogovina’s Mervana Jugic-Salkic 6-1 6-4.