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Big incentive for Scheepers

Chanelle Scheepers, the South African qualifier who has carved her way through the French Open women’s singles draw like a hot knife through butter, stands on the brink of a fourth round encounter with the formidable Russian Elena Dementieva.

But first things first. Scheepers, needs to get past the world 98th-ranked Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan, in their match scheduled for late Friday on Court 17 at Roland Garros.

Neither Scheepers nor Amanmuradova have ever been into the third round of a Grand Slam tournament so nerves are sure to play a big part.

The Uzbekistan player will dwarf her opponent ÔÇô she is a towering 1.91m and 74kg, so Scheepers will probably try to move her rival around the court in an attempt to tire her out.

The 26-year-old Scheepers is already the first South African woman in seven years to reach the third round of a Grand Slam event after beating world No 45 Gisela Dulko 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday. She is ranked 131st n the world but that will improve significantly, whether she wins or loses against Amanmuradova,