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Anderson downed in Oz

Lanky Kevin Anderson had to bow down graciously as he lost his opening round encounter in the Australian Open in Melbourne, Monday.

Anderson, ranked 147th in the world, was the only South African qualifier in the singles draw and he went down 6-1 6-1 6-2 to fifth seeded title contender, Andy Murray. Big-serving Anderson had his service broken no less than eight times by Murray.

To earn the privilege of taking on the top-ranked British player, Anderson had used his big-serving game to beat Germany’s SImon Stadler in the final qualifying round. He beat Stadler 6-2 6-4.

Although he became a first round casualty in a match lasting 1hr 40min, Anderson still took home R150,000 for making the first round draw.

He was hoping to get beyond the first round of a grand slam tournament for the first time.

The other South African involved in the season-opening Grand Slam, Rik de Voest went down 6-1 4-6 7-5 to Belgium’s Xavier Malisse in the qualifying rounds.

Consolation comes in the fact that De Voest has at least earned a place in the doubles draw at Melbourne.