Our top-ranked women’s tennis player, Chani Scheepers went out in the first round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Scheepers, currently ranked 79th in the world, was up against 49th ranked Austrian Yvonne Meusburger.
Playing out on Court 11, the first set went to a tiebreak before Meusburger wrapped it up 7-6 (3). The second set took just four minutes longer and ended 6-4 in Meusburger’s favour.
One of Scheepers’ downfall was the 13 double faults she served up, compared to two aces.
She also only managed to land 53% of her first services successfully and won a lowly 34% of points on her second service.
Unforced errors also cost Harrismith born Scheepers dearly, with 13 reflected against her name, compared to just five by Meusburger who will now come up against 33rd seed Bojana Jovanosvki of Serbia in the second round.