South Africa’s number one , Kevin Anderson, saw off his Swiss rival, Stephane Bohli, to make his way into the second round of the SA Tennis Open. Compatriot Izak van der Merwe is also on the way to the second round.
THE appearance of rain did little to halt South Africa’s tennis stars Kevin Anderson and Izak van der Merwe from playing their way to glory on the second day of the SA Tennis Open.
SA's number one Kevin Anderson dismissed SA's number one Kevin Anderson dismissed Stephane Bohli (Photo: Reg Caldecott)Anderson faced off with Swiss player Stephane Bohli, who replaced Jeremy Chardy after the Frenchman withdrew from the tournament on Friday. Bohli is ranked 135 to Anderson’s 56, and the battle of racquets made the abysmal weather an unnoticed guest. Anderson clinched the match 4-6 6-4 6-2, and has earned his way into the second round.
Van der Merwe proved worthy of his wild card entry into the competition by slamming his way to success against Stephane Robert from France. It was a resounding win at 6-3 6-2. Van der Merwe will be playing Germany’s Dustin Brown today.
The South African winning streak hit a snag, though, when qualifier Nikala Scholtz was defeated by Germany’s Denis Gremelmayr. Gremelmayr claimed his victory at 6-4 7-5.
It was not the only upset for the day; one of the event’s favourites, Yen-Hsun Lu from Chinese Taipei, was pipped to the post by Canadian Milos Raonic. Raonic fought his way to an impressive 6-3 6-3 win.
Brown defeated France’s Florent Serra 6-4 6-4; Poland’s Michal Przysiezny triumphed over Austria’s Martin Fischer 6-1 6-2; and in a closely contested match between Adrian Mannarino of France and Yuri Schukin of Kazakhstan, Mannarino took the win in tie breaks 7-6(4) 7-6(6).
The rain did, however, interrupt play and the incomplete and called-off matches will take place today. The magic returns to the courts on day three of the competition, which promises tennis enthusiasts enthralling viewing. The order of play is:
Starts at 11am
Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) vs Fritz Wolmarans (South Africa)
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) vs Frank Dancevic (Canada)
Dustin Brown (Germany) vs Izak van der Merwe (South Africa)
James Cerretani (USA) / Adil Shamasdin (Canada) vs Kevin Anderson (South Africa) / Fritz Wolmarans (South Africa)
Not before 6pm
Simon Greul (Germany) vs Milos Raonic (Canada)
James Murray (Great Britain) / Alexander Peya (Austria) vs Ashley Fisher (Australia) / Jordan Kerr (Australia)
Starts at 11am
Jesse Huta Galung (Netherlands) vs Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 67(4) 64 33 – to finish
Go Soeda (Japan) vs Rainer Schuettler (Germany)
Michal Przysiezny (Poland) vs Rik de Voest (South Africa)
Scott Lipsky (USA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) vs Sonchat Ratiwatana (Thailand) / Sanchai Ratiwatana (Thailand)
Philipp Oswald (Austria) / Martin Slanar (Austria) vs Rik de Voest (South Africa) / Izak van der Merwe (South Africa) – after suitable rest
Starts at 11am
Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs Dudi Sela (Israel) 61 23 - to finish
Brian Dabul (Argentina) vs Karol Beck (Slovakia)
Somdev Devvarman (India) vs Jesse Huta Galung (Netherlands) or Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia)
Martin Fischer (Austria) / Rainer Schuettler (Germany) vs Somdev Devvarman (India) / David Martin (USA) – after suitable rest
The matches are being broadcast on SuperSport 6, and minute-by-minute scoring is available on the Open website. The website includes updates on the daily order of play and results of games.
If smelling the sweat on the front lines is more your scene, tickets are available from Computicket or the Montecasino box office and range from R40 to R200 for the finals on Saturday and Sunday.
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