Anderson finally snatches victory

The Star

Sports Reporter

Kevin Anderson returned to court six at Roland Garros yesterday afternoon, and claimed only his second win in the main draw at the clay-court Grand Slam.

The No 31 seed, whose match was postponed on Sunday due to bad light at 7-7 in the fifth set, eventually overcame Portugal’s Rui Machado 7-6, 6-7, 4-6, 6-1, 11-9 to set up a second round tie against Argentina’s Haroacio Zeballos.

Anderson had saved three match points when Machado served at 5-3 on Sunday night, and now moves into the second round for the second year in succession.

Chanelle Scheepers, South Africa’s sole representative in the women’s draw, overcame Laura Pous-Tio of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Scheepers, who made it as far as the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2010, will next face Russian Nadia Petrova. Petrova has twice reached the semifinals in Paris.

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