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Anderson through, Scheepers beaten

South Africa’s No 1 tennis player, Kevin Anderson, looks to be making a good recovery from wrist surgery and has gone through to the second round at the Shanghai Rolex Masters in China.

Anderson, who moved back into the Top 20 in Monday’s rankings, beat Romania’s Victor Hanescu 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) and he now leads Hanescu 3-3 in head-to-head encountera.

Anderson now has a true tester against Switzerland’s eighth-seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the second round.

Meanwhile, AFP reports that Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki of Germany outlasted Anderson’s countrywomen Chani Scheepers 7-5 7-6 (1) to reach the second round of the Japan Open on Tuesday.

Lisicki struggled with a right wrist injury after making her first Grand Slam singles final, and has yet to win more than two matches in a row.

She hit five aces and took advantage of eight double faults by Scheepers to set up a second-round match against Polona Hercog of Slovenia, who beat Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic 6-4 5-7 6-1.