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More success for Anderson

By Mark Etheridge

Kevin Anderson has gone through to the second round of the doubles competition as well as the singles section at the US Open tennis tournament at Flushing Meadows, New York.

On Tuesday Anderson, our top-ranked player at No77 on the world rankings, beat Somdev Devvarman of India in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-3.

Then he teamed up with Romania’s Victor Hanescu for a great victory as they beat the tournament’s seventh seeds, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Philipp Petzschner 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-1).

Also in the doubles category our top-ranked player Wesley Moodie and established partner Dick Norman of Belgium moved into the second round.

Seeded 10th for the year’s final Grand Slam tournament, they accounted for the all-American partnership of Andrew Courtney and Michael Shabaz in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

They now come up against the unseeded Spanish combination of David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

In the women’s competition, our Chanelle Scheepers went down in the first round of the doubles category after falling at the same stage of the singles competition. Scheepers lost to Uzbekistan’s Akgul Amandurova in the singles. She then teamed up with Poland’s Alicja Rosolska in the doubles but went down 6-3 7-6 (7-3) to German duo of Julia Goerges and Anna-Lena Groenefeld.

Still to play in the women’s doubles is South African Natalie Grandin, who shares the court with American Abigail Spears.