- 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 wins at Wimbledon… now for Serena
- Updated: June 25, 2014
Our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers made history at Wimbledon on Wednesday as she moved into the second round of the year’s third Grand Slam tournament, writes Mark Etheridge
The previous four years have seen 30-year-old Scheepers downed in the first round at Wimbledon… but her reward is the ominous figure of five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the second round on Thursday.
Scheepers, downed Williams’ fellow American Christina McHale in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 for the right to take on the powerhouse hitter.
At 94 on the WTA rankings, Scheepers did well to get the better of McHale, ranked 45 places higher.
She wasn’t able to come up with any aces on the fast grass of Wimbledon but limited her double faults to just two, compared to McHale’s four (balanced out by four aces).
Her first service percentage was 70% and she also won a solid 66% of first service points.
Williams won her first match in typically easy style, breezing past compatriot Anna Tatishvili and only dropping three games in the process.