Our top-ranked singles player, Chani Scheepers made history at Wimbledon on Wednesday as she moved into the second round of the year’s third Grand Slam tournament, writes Mark Etheridge
The previous four years have seen 30-year-old Scheepers downed in the first round at Wimbledon… but her reward is the ominous figure of five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in the second round on Thursday.
Scheepers, downed Williams’ fellow American Christina McHale in straight sets, 6-3 6-3 for the right to take on the powerhouse hitter.
At 94 on the WTA rankings, Scheepers did well to get the better of McHale, ranked 45 places higher.
She wasn’t able to come up with any aces on the fast grass of Wimbledon but limited her double faults to just two, compared to McHale’s four (balanced out by four aces).
Her first service percentage was 70% and she also won a solid 66% of first service points.
Williams won her first match in typically easy style, breezing past compatriot Anna Tatishvili and only dropping three games in the process.