Chani Scheepers moved into the second round of the China Open in Beijing on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-ranked player had a topsy-turvy match before downing local wildcard Yue-Yue Hu in three sets.
In a match lasting just short of two hours, the South African won the first set 6-0 but then lost the next set 7-5 before getting back on track and wiping her opponent out 6-0 again.
It was a match that didn’t see a single ace while both players had two double faults apiece. Hu had a first service percentage of 72% compared to Scheepers’ 65% but it was in the second service points won that saw the big difference, Scheepers converting 67% compared to just 39% of Hu’s.
Scheepers, ranked 41st on the WTA Tour rankings, now comes up against Monica Niculescu and under normal circumstances wouldn’t worry too much about the wildcard’s presence as she’s currently ranked 16 spots lower than her.
But now things are different, very different after the Rumanian beat local star and fourth seed Na Li 6-4 6-0 in the first round.
Meanwhile in the men’s draw, top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson has a nasty first round draw in the shape of sixth-seeded American Andy Roddick. Should he get past Roddick he’ll play either Spain’s Albert Montanes or Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko in the second round.
Anderson started the week off with the news that he had moved up one place on the ATP Tour rankings, to a career-high 31st spot.