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Wimbledon: It’s Anderson v Rochus and Scheepers v Vinci
- Updated: June 21, 2013
South Africa’s top-ranked singles tennis player, Kevin Anderson comes up against Belgian Oliver Rochus in the opening round of Wimbledon 2013, writes Mark Etheridge.
Currently ranked 23rd on the ATP Tour rankings, Anderson has been handed the 27th seeding for The Championship, the year’s third grand slam event.
This will be his fifth crack at Wimbledon where his best result to date has been reaching the second round two years ago.
But Anderson is currently enjoying a rich vein of form, seen by his all-time high ranking ahead of the tournament.
Thirty-two-year-old Rochus is currently seeded 139th on the ATP rankings.
Anderson and Rochus have met just once to date, with Anderson having come up trumps in two sets on clay at the World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid in Spain two years ago.
The clash is a true “David v Goliath” with Anderson standing tall at 2.03m compared to little Rochus who is only 1.68m.
Meanwhile, our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers has a tough opening round. She comes up against 11th seeded Roberta Vinci.
Scheepers is currently ranked 68th in the world and has lost her only other clash against the Italian, going down in straight sets in Dallas, Texas last year.
In the men’s doubles, Raven Klaasen and Swedish partner Johan Brunstrom take on Polish pair Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski (seeded 15th) while Natalie Grandin and Vlada Uhlirova will play Annika Beck from Germany and Irina Buryachok from the Ukraine in the women’s doubles.
Scheepers is also in doubles action ÔÇô her and Japanese partner Shuko Aoyama will play ninth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia and Lucie Safarova (Cze).