Chani Scheepers has bounced back from the disappointment of her first round defeat at the Brisbane International last week and moved through to the second round of the Apia International in Sydney, Australia, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked singles player, Scheepers beat Hungarian Melinda Czink 6-4 6-2 to progress.
She needed just under 90 minutes out on Court Six to get the job done and edged the ace department with a 2-1 margin. The two players shared the double fault tally at five apiece.
Despite her first service percentage of 52% being lower than that of Czink (60%), it was in the points won on first service that Scheepers had the upper hand with a return of 79% as opposed to 50%.
Scheepers has slipped one spot on the WTA rankings to No39 this year and she now comes up against tournament fourth seed Na Li of China in the second round. Li is the world’s fifth best player while Czink is currently ranked 143rd in the world.
Meanwhile, Kevin Anderson is seeded fifth for the Heineken Open tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.
Our top seeded singles player, Anderson skipped the season-opening Brisbane international as a precautionary measure after a knee niggle.
Anderson is up against qualifier Adrian Mannarino of France in the opening round of the $398,250 tournament that ends on Saturday. Spain’s David Ferrer is top seed.