Kevin Anderson swops Montreal for Cincinnati this week as he looks to build on his win against world No4 Andy Murray at last week’s Rogers Cup.
Our top-ranked singles player, Anderson went out to 14th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in the third round of the Rogers Cup, losing in three sets, writes Mark Etheridge.
This week sees him up against unseeded Xavier Malisse in the first round of the $2.5-million Western and Southern tournament, formerly known as the Cincinnati Open.
Anderson has never played the 31-year-old veteran at ATP Tour level. They’ve only met on one previous occasion at a Challenger event in Granby, Canada where Malisse won in straight sets. Anderson is currently ranked 35th on the ATP Tour rankings with Malisse slotting in 19 positions lower at 54th.
In the women’s section of the Western and Southern Open, our top-ranked women’s player, made the main draw. Chani Scheepers has dropped out of the WTA Tour top 100 (falling from 95 to 101 last week) but beat Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva in straight sets 6-1 6-0 and Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson also in straight sets, 6-1 6-4 to make the tournament proper.
She now plays top-ranked Canadian Rebecca Marino in the first round. Marino is currently ranked 39th in the world.
The two have only met on one occasion to date, Marino winning in straight sets in Quebec City three years ago.
Meanwhile at the Challenger event in Binghamton, New York our top-seeded Izak van der Merwe crashed out in the semi-finals to eighth-seeded Wayne Odesnik 6-2┬á 6-7 (6) 6-4. Van der Merwe is currently ranked 131st in the world.