- Continental honours for Kimberley’s Fitzpatrick
- Harris home on a high after three victories on the trot
- Golden boy Hamman on the mend after surgery
- Hartley’s Dusi buildup gathers pace
- World’s top teams head for SA
- Sunshine Ladies Tour starts fourth season in January
- Weber wins SA’s final gold medal of African Champs
- Tough going in Tongyeong for SA’s Radford
- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
Scheepers crashes out to 11th seed Vinci
- Updated: June 26, 2013
Chani Scheepers’ Wimbledon campaign in the singles draw was over and out in less than an hour on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked player currently at No67 on the WTA Tour rankings, Scheepers had a tough opening rounder clash against 11th seed Roberta Vinci.
And the Italian wasted no time in wrapping up matters in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 to go through to the next round.
The first set was done and dusted in 27 minutes and the second and final set lasted a minute less.
Vinci’s win included four aces (tempered by three double faults) while Scheepers had no aces but three double faults.
She was only able to convert 45% of her first serves into winning points and 20 unforced errors compared to just six by Vinci told a sad story. The Harrismith-born player is yet to advance past the first round of Wimbledon while Vinci goes on to play Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova in the second round.
Scheepers will no turn her attention to the women’s doubles where she teams up with Japan’s Shuko Aoyama. They face a tough opener when they come up again ninth seeds Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova of Russia and Czech Republic’s Luci Safarova.
Other South African interest in the doubles will be when Natalie Grandin and her Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova take on the German/Ukraine combination of Annika Beck and Irina Buryachok.