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Great win for Scheepers against Serbia’s Jankovic
- Updated: May 8, 2013
Our top ranked singles player Chani Scheepers posted one of her most memorable victories on Wednesday to march into the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain, writes Mark Etheridge.
Currently ranked 60th on the WTA world rankings, Scheepers came back from a set down to beat world No18 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
In a match lasting 2hr 30min, 29-year-old Scheepers came out tops 6-7 (1) 6-3 6-3.
Jankovic out-aced the South African 2-1 but there was an inordinately high number of double faults, each player serving up eight.
There was little to separate the two in terms of first service percentage (61%-58% in Scheepers’ favour) and both won just over 60% in first service points one. The difference came in points won on second service with Scheepers winning 51% to Ivanovic’s 33%.
She’ll now come up against a second Serbian and faces an equally tough assignment in the shape of Ana Ivanovic, who is ranked 16th.