Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
22 Jun 2015
3:38 pm

Anderson soars in ATP rankings

Wesley Botton

In the wake of his storming run at Queen's Club last week, Kevin Anderson climbed to a career-high No 14 in the latest ATP rankings on Monday.

Runner up South Africa's Kevin Anderson gives a wave holding his champagne after losing against Britain's Andy Murray in the men's singles final match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at the Queen's Club in west London on June 21, 2015. Andy Murray swept to a record-equalling fourth Queen's Club title with a majestic 6-3, 6-4 demolition of South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

The big-serving South Africa, who lost to former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Great Britain for the ATP 500 tournament trophy in London, rose three places in the global list.

He continued to carry the SA flag, as the only player among the top 300 in the men’s singles rankings, after reaching his 10th ATP final with victories over Australian Lleyton Hewitt in the first round, French Open champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the second round and French No 7 seed Gilles Simon in the semifinals.

He became the first SA player to reach the singles final at Queen’s Club since Wayne Ferreira in 1993.

Meanwhile, countryman Raven Klaasen rose five places to No 25 in the doubles rankings, after winning his seventh career title with American partner Rajeev Ram at the Halle Open in Germany.

Chani Scheepers, recovering from injury, dropped one place to No 124 in the women’s rankings.

Like Anderson in the men’s list, Scheepers remained the only SA woman in the top 300 in the WTA rankings.