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Anderson up against Baghdatis in US Open

By Mark Etheridge

It took him close on three hours but our Kevin Anderson has beaten Daniel Brands to move into the second round of the US Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadow, New York.

Anderson won the first set 7-5 in 46 minutes, the longest set of the match, but then dropped the second 4-6 t the 26-year-old German.

However the tournament’s 17th seed picked up his game from then on in and went on to win the next two sets 6-2 6-3.

His big-serving game served him well and he sent down double the number of aces than, Brand ÔÇô that statistic reading 20-10 in the South African No1’s favour.

His fastest service measured in at 133 mph (kph) and he hit 54 winners compared to Brand’s 41.

Currently ranked 20th in the world (Brands is 51st), he’ll now go on to face Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in Friday’s second round clash.

In late action on Friday will be our top women’s singles player, Chani Scheepers, when she takes on former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

In the first round she had squashed the hopes of compatriot Chanel Simmonds (in a Grand Slam draw for the first time) 2-6 6-2 6-2.