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Scheepers in first round exit at French Open

And then there was oneÔǪ our top-ranked women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers is out of the French Open tennis tournament, writes Mark Etheridge.

That leaves just Kevin Anderson in terms of South African representation in the singles division of the year’s second Grand Slam tournament.

Scheepers went out to Mathilde Johannsson, the French woman winning in straight sets, 7-5 6-1.

Playing on Court Two, the same court at Anderson won his first round match on, the previous day, Johansson took an hour and 22 minutes to wrap up matters.

There weren’t any aces on the slow clay-court surface of Roland Garos but the two shared 12 double faults between them (seven to Johansson and five to Scheepers).

Johnansson was the steadier on her service, with a 68% success rate on her first service compared to Scheepers’ 54% and also won 66% of points on her first service (Scheepers had a return of 47%).

It was the number of winning shots hit that proved the big difference, Johansson hitting a total of 26 winners to Scheepers’ nine.

Johansson now comes up against 14th seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia in the second round.

Anderson, seeded 23rd in the men’s draw, will take on Russian Evgeny Donskoy in the second round on Tuesday.


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