One of just two South Africans in the singles section, Kevin Anderson sailed through the first round of the French Open on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Seeded 23rd for this year’s tournament and celebrating his highest ATP Tour ranking to date, Anderson was up against lucky loser Illya Marchenko.
But the tall South African had few scares as he beat the Ukraine player in straight sets, 6-3 7-5 6-4┬á to go through to the second round.
The two were out on Court Two for 2hr 16min and Anderson fired down 13 aces compared to none by Marchenko. He was hugely effective on his big first service, winning 86% of points up for grabs.
He also had the same percentage return for points won at the net.
Anderson’s next assignment will be a match-up against 82nd ranked Russian Evgeny Donskoy or German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff, ranked 117th, in the second round.
Our only representative in the women’s singles draw, Chani Scheepers, is up against Mathilde Johansson of France in Monday’s first round action.
Scheepers is ranked 60th compared to Johansson’s 90th.