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Kevin, Chani on clay

Our top-ranked men’s and women’s tennis players are both in clay-court action on Wednesday.

Kevin Anderson, now ranked 35th on the ATP World Tour rankings, takes on Romanian Victor Hanescu in Barcelona Open second round action after beating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in the first round earlier this week, writes Mark Etheridge.

Meanwhile, closer to home and on African soil, top-ranked Chani Scheepers gets her GP de SAR la Princesse Lalla Meryem campaign underway in Fès, Morocco.
Scheepers started her week in 76th spot on the Sony Eriksson Tour rankings, one spot up on the previous week.

This is the only time the WTA comes to Africa this season and the tournament carries a prize purse of $220,000.

She’ll take on Slovenia’s Polona Hercog a player ranked just eight spots higher than her. The two are no strangers either, having met twice to date, the most recent in Miami earlier this year.

The good news for South African fans is that Scheepers holds a 2-0 lead in the head-to-head match-up having beaten Hercog in San Luis Potosi back in 2007 when both players were ranked outside the top 200 (in fact Hercog was only No394).

In Miami this year both were in the top 100 and Scheepers won in three sets 5-7 7-5 6-2.