Seventh seed Chani Scheepers advanced to the quarter-finals of the Strasbourg International in France on Wednesday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Our top-seeded singles player, Scheepers beat Shelby Rogers in three sets in a match lasting just under two hours.
Now ranked 61st on the WTA rankings, Scheepers dropped the first set 2-6 but went on to beat the 188th ranked American 2-6 6-3 6-4.
Scheepers was out-aced 6-1 and served up two double-faults but both her first and second service were more consistent than her opponent.
She had a first-service percentage of 79% compared to 66% and also won 66% of first service points compared to 20-year-old Rogers’ 61%.
In the first round Scheepers had beaten the host nation’s Claire Feuerstein (ranked 140th) in straight sets.
Next up for Scheepers is a far tougher clash against France’s 31st ranked WTA player Alize Cornet.
But Harrismith-born Scheepers will take heart from the fact that she’s beaten Cornet in the last of their three clashes to date, the most recent having both being in Australia, in Hobart earlier this year and then last year in Sydney.