SA star battling at Wimbledon

2011-06-22 12:30

London - Top-ranked South African Kevin Anderson will resume a titanic struggle against Ukrainian opponent Illya Marchenko at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

There were no such worries for Rik de Voest though who went through to the second round with a straight sets victory.

When play was suspended on Court Five, 36th ranked Anderson was up two sets to one but a break down in the fourth set. This after 3hr 20min of their first round action.

The scoreline read 6-7 (5) 7-6 (9) 3-5. Anderson’s big first service was working well with a 73% first service percentage and at the time of the interruption he’d already fired down 17 of them, compared to just four by Marchenko.

Double faults were four by Anderson and six to Marchenko. Anderson was still making more unforced errors than his rival (40-31) but in terms of winners he was 49-41 to the good.

Meanwhile De Voest, who came through qualifying, had a comfortable and encouraging win over Spain’s Ruen Ramirez Hidalgo, going through 6-2 6-3 6-2.

The match lasted just 2hr 07min and De Voest, currently ranked 147th on the ATP Tour rankings, fired down seven aces compared to 121st ranked Hidalgo’s four.

He’ll now come up against a player ranked more than 300 places lower than him in Chile’s Fernando Gonzalez, in the second round. “A good day at the office, now to take the good form into Thursday’s match against Gonzales”, said De Voest on his Facebook website.

Meanwhile our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers is scheduled to get her campaign under way on Court 11 when she takes on Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina.

And on Court Eight, our top-ranked doubles player Wesley Moodie and Belgium’s Dick Norman are also in action. The tournament’s 11th seeds take on a South African/Philippines combo in Izak van der Merwe and Treat Conrad Huey.


  • Gorilla - 2011-06-22 12:49

    Oh come on. When have any SA "stars" ever featured at Wimbledon?

      Raka13 - 2011-06-22 13:02

      The best performing partly SA player is Roger Federer-his mom's SA genes

      GHT - 2011-06-22 13:08

      I remember Amanda Coetzer doing pretty well and Wayne Ferreira also had his days

      Gorilla - 2011-06-22 13:15

      Ferreira, Coetzer, Curren... whatever. How many Wimbledon trophies have they won again? I can't remember.

      tonno - 2011-06-22 13:25

      @Gorilla - what difference does it make whether or not SA players have ever featured at Wimbledon? This is now. Kevin is a good player. Hopefully he will only get better. Stop living in the past.

      GHT - 2011-06-22 13:27

      It's not always about trophies you idiotic twat. With our lack of tennis infrastructure it is a miracle that they are featuring at all in a grand slam. By the way. I'm pretty sure Wesley Moody won a Grand Slam (think it was Wimbledon).

      Gorilla - 2011-06-22 13:40

      @GHT - You have anger issues. I don't know about you, but I'm sure if you had to ask why pro tennis players enter Wimbledon, they'll tell you their dream is to win it and not to get knocked out early. @tonno. I am pretty sure that Kevin Curren is not playing this year - and no, he won't get much better.

      tonno - 2011-06-23 10:29

      @Gorilla - this article is about Kevin Anderson. You are one negative dude. Take a happy pill sometime. Oh, and people can always dream, but sometimes they may set a realistic goal of just getting to the 2nd round.

  • lekker - 2011-06-22 13:18

    and you nigerian ?

  • Jayjayc - 2011-06-22 13:25

    Come on kev make my dream match come true by doing well. You and federer that will be one helava match. Oh well done Rik for making it through. A match between you and fed wil be brilliant as well.

  • Martin - 2011-06-23 13:54

    I think tennis across South Africa is improving. It's an extremely competitive environment, and we have three players this year, many countries can't say that. With so little support from the South African public, they soldier on, and deserve every bit of credit. I am looking forward to Kevin's match against Novak Djokovic. Playing against such an in form champion of a player will teach Kevin a lot, and might make him better next time...or maybe we'll see an upset?

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