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Scheepers takes honours in all-South African clash at Open

As if it wasn’t hard enough just making it into the main draw of her first Grand Slam tournamentÔǪ Chanel Simmonds ended up facing a fellow South African at the US Open, writes Mark Etheridge.

Young Chanel Simmonds, 21, qualified for the main draw by beating American Taylor Townsend in qualifying.

And that set her up for her first ever meeting with our top-ranked women’s player Chani Scheepers.

Simmonds, part of Team South Africa at the 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique, started off in great style, taking the first set 6-2 in just 26 minutes but then 85th ranked Scheepers, 80 places higher than her, took control.

She won the second set, also 6-2 in 46 minutes and then needed just 27 minutes to wrap up the match and move into the next round.

Scheepers served up five aces compared to her younger opponent while the two players’ first service percentage was pretty similar at 61 and 63% respectively.

The Harrismith-born player now has an awfully tough ask if she is to progress to the next round as she now faces sixth seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.