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Scheepers into doubles quarters at Wimbledon

Despite being knocked out in her opening singles match, our Chani Scheepers has made good progress in the women’s doubles at Wimbledon, writes Mark Etheridge.

Teamed up with Japan’s Shuko Aoyama, she has now reached the quarter-finals of the year’s third Grand Slam event.

Their third round match saw them beating the sixth seeded combination of Liezel Huber and Sania Mirza. The SA/Japanese duo went through in three sets 6-2 3-6 6-2 after a match of 1hr 47 minutes on Court No14. Huber is a former South African, now playing for the United States and teamed up with India’s Mirza.

In the quarter-finals Scheepers and Aoyama will play either top seeds Sara Errani (Italy) and Roberta Vinci (the Italian who knocked Scheepers out in the singles) or Germany’s Julia Georges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

It was the top seeds who beat South Africa’s other doubles representative, Natalie Grandin and her Czech partner Vladimira Uhlirova in the first round.┬á Grandin also went down in her mixed doubles competition, she and Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez losing in straight sets, 6-2 6-4 to fifth seeds Alexander Peya (Austria) and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany.

Our top junior player, Wayne Montgomery is in first round junior doubles action where he teams up with Britain’s Evan Hoyt against Australians Jay Andrijic and Bradley Mousley.


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