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Izak’s run comes to end

Izak van der Merwe’s brave bid to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open came to an end in Melbourne on Sunday when he went down to American Luke Young.

Van der Merwe, one of three South African tennis players in the qualifying rounds, went down in straight sets 6-3 6-1 to the 15th seed in the qualifying stages, writes Mark Etheridge.

The match lasted just over the hour mark with the first set going 35 minutes and the second a bit quicker (26min) as Young closed things out.

This wasn’t a match of the big servers with Van der Merwe firing down just one ace and Young credited with just one more.

Young’s first service percentage was 75% compared to Van der Merwe’s 66% but the difference could be seen in the winning percentage on second serves with Van der Merwe winning just 29% of his second service efforts compared to Young’s 66%.

Kevin Anderson and Chani Scheepers will now be South Africa’s sole representatives in the singles draw of the first grand slam of the year, which gets underway on Monday.