Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
18 Jan 2015
5:47 pm

Anderson rises ahead of Grand Slam

Wesley Botton

South Africa's top-ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson, has climbed one place to a career-high 15th position in the ATP rankings on the eve of the Australian Open.

FILE PICTURE: Kevin Anderson. Photo Reg Caldecott / Gallo Images

Anderson, who reached the semifinals of the Auckland Open in the build-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, will be the only SA player in the main draw of the men’s singles competition at Melbourne Park, which starts on Monday.

“I would have liked to have won in Auckland, so it’s a little disappointing,” Anderson said on Sunday.

“But it was great making the semis because the big goal was to try and get some matches going into the Australian Open, and I’m glad I was able to do that.”

Anderson will meet Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the first round in Melbourne, while Chani Scheepers, the only SA player in the main draw of the women’s singles competition, will face Slovak Anna Schmiedlova in her tournament opener.

Raven Klaasen, who reached the men’s doubles final last year with former teammate Eric Butorac, will continue his newly formed partnership with Indian veteran Leander Paes.

Klaasen and Paes bagged their first win together at the ATP 250 tournament in Auckland after linking up for the 2015 season, and they will square up against American duo Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram in the first round in Melbourne.