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China Open defeat for Chani Scheepers

Our top-ranked women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers has gone out in the first round of the China Open, writes Mark Etheridge.

Currently ranked 78th in the world, two up from last week, Scheepers drew German Sabine Lisicki in the first round of the $US5-million tournament.

She went down in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 in a match lasting 1hr 12min.

Out-aced to the tune of 4-0 she also had four double faults, the same number as her 16th ranked opponent.

Despite having the better first service percentage (59% to 43%) she only won 45% of her first serves compared to the 74% of Lisicki.

The loss sees 29-year-old Scheepers with a 23-23 win-loss ration and Lisicki goes on to face American powerhouse Venus Williams in the second round.

Scheepers also suffered defeat in the first round of the doubles category as she and Japanese veteran Kimiko-Date-Krumm went out to the Zimbabwean/Indian combination of Cara Black and Sania Mirza 6-3 6-3.

Meanwhile, Scheepers’ fellow South African Raven Klaassen moved up 12 spot on the ATP Doubles rankings on Monday.

His latest ranking sees him slot in at 46th, a career best position and just reward after he and American Eric Butorac won their first ATP World Tour Doubles title at the ATP Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur at the weekend.


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