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Thu Apr 24 10:31:02 SAST 2014

SA's Anderson and Scheepers rise in the rankings

Sapa | 12 June, 2012 08:230 Comments
Sony Ericsson Open - Day 6
Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa looks on during a match against Samantha Stosur of Australia during Day 6 of the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 24, 2012 in Key Biscayne, Florida
Image by: Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa’s top-ranked players, both climbed the world tennis rankings on Monday.

Anderson rose four positions to 30th after he reached the third round of the French Open in Paris. He edged past Rui Machado of Portugal in a five-set thriller in the first round before he ousted Argentine Horacio Zeballos.

The South African put up a strong fight against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the third round, taking him to five sets, but was ultimately eliminated by the world number seven.

Scheepers, meanwhile, rose two places to 43rd in the women’s world rankings after she reached the second round at Roland Garros.

She defeated Spaniard Laura Pous-Tio 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in the first round, before she was eliminated by Russian Nadia Petrova, the former world number three, in straight sets.

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