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Anderson, Scheepers move up world rankings

Our top-ranked singles players have both moved up the world tennis rankings after the completion of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Kevin Anderson had his best Grand Slam performance to date when he reached the fourth round before going out to Czech Republic’s world No5 Tomas Berdych.

His success sees him moving up two spots to 29th spot on the ATP Tour rankings. His highest ranking to date was the 28th spot he reached in March last year.

Last year he showed great consistency, never dropping lower than 39th during the season. The tall Johannesburg born player has come a long way since turning professional in 2007 and ending that year ranked 221st.

He earned himself a tidy $AUS 125,000 in Melbourne and has already raked in $173,000 for his feats this year.

Meanwhile our top women’s player, Chani Scheepers, also moved up, albeit only one spot, to 64th on the WTA Tour rankings.

That despite losing in the first round of the Aussie Open. The Harrismith-born player’s top ranking was a career-high 37th that she held in 2011.


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