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Friday September 2, 2011

Both South Africa’s top-ranked men’s and women’s singles players, Kevin Anderson and Chani Scheepers, have moved smoothly through to the third round of the US Open in New York, writes Mark Etheridge.

Lanky Anderson looked in complete control during his win over 29th seed Frenchman Michael Llodra. Anderson fired down 14 aces to record a straight sets win, 6-1 6-2 6-2. This sees him progress to the third round for the second time in two years.

The world’s 34th ranked player, he faces a toughie next up though as he comes up against the in-form Mardy Fish of America, seeded eighth for this the final grand slam tournament of the year.

Anderson, who will be in Davis Cup action for South Africa against Croatia soon, disposed of Llodra in 93 minutes out on court six and had a fine first service percentage of 84%. His game is clearly on top form as he had only one unforced error in his win.

Chanelle Scheepers who is also playing in her second US Open, bettered last year’s result when she beat Mona Barthel from Germany 6-4 7-5 on Thursday. Ranked 81st on the WTA rankings she will also be tested against a formidable opponent next round when she comes up against seventh-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone, losing finalist at the French Open earlier this year.

Scheepers and Natalie Grandin both went out in their first round doubles match while Grandin is yet to play her first round mixed doubles.

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