By Mark Etheridge
Kevin Anderson had mixed fortunes as he opened his Legg Mason Classic campaign in Washington D.C on Tuesday.
But the lanky top-ranked South African player will in the whole be happy with his day. He achieved his main goal, victory in the singles category when he went past Australian Chris Guccione in the second round.
Later he went down in the first round of the doubles, him and another Australian Paul Hanley losing out to third seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic (Fra/Srb) in three sets with the final set going to a 10-8 scoreline.
He needed just over two hours ÔÇô and three sets ÔÇô┬á to reckon with qualifier Guccione, going through 3-6 6-2 7-6 (0).
As usual it was his big serve that boosted the South African’s game and he sent down 13 compared to the nine of Guccione. He also had fewer double faults (1-4) and his first service percentage was superior (66%-54%).
Anderson, seeded 13th for the tournament, had a first round bye and will now face either third seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia or American wildcard Ryan Harrison in the third round for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile in women’s WTA action, our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, went out in the first round of the Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, California.
Having slid out to 94th in the rankings, Scheepers lost in three sets to Czech player Barbora Zahlavova Strycov. In a match that lasted close on two and half hours, Scheepers went down 6-4 1-6 5-7 to the 72nd ranked player out on Court Four. It was a match that clearly saw her having a few service problem, failing to record an ace and being double-faulted on nine occasions.
The tournament had a special moment on Monday with Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm, at 40 the oldest player in the draw, winning her first round match. She won this title 15 years back, beating Spain’s Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario in the final.