Wimble­don: SA’s pride rests on An­der­son’s shoul­ders

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South African ten­nis player Kevin An­der­son con­tin­ues to fly the coun­try’s flag high at this year’s Wimble­don tour­na­ment in Lon­don.

The Jo­han­nes­burg-born ace cruised past Bel­gian qual­i­fier Ruben Bemel­mans in straight sets – 7-6, 6-4, 7-6 – in the third-round match.

An­der­son, who reached the semi­fi­nals in Es­to­ril and quar­ter­fi­nals in Geneva, will now meet Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey in the last 16 to­mor­row.

Quer­rey ad­vanced to this round af­ter he won the re­played match against 10th seed Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga yes­ter­day.

The duo had slugged it out for two hours and 54 min­utes, be­fore fad­ing light caused their third-round match to be sus­pended on Fri­day.

There was al­most noth­ing to sep­a­rate the two, with Tsonga serv­ing at 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5), 1-6, 6-5 at the re­sump­tion of play yes­ter­day.

They played just eight points in less than five min­utes, as Quer­rey im­me­di­ately broke Tsonga to win the de­ci­sive fifth set 7-5 to ad­vance.

Mean­while, af­ter a three-hour and 30-minute battle, an­other South African, dou­bles spe­cial­ist Raven Klaasen, and his Amer­i­can part­ner Ra­jeev Ram moved into round three of Wimble­don men’s dou­bles.

The sev­enth seeds beat In­dia’s Pu­rav Raja and Divij Sha­ran 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(6), 10-8.

Klaasen and Ram will now meet un­seeded Hans Podlip­nik-Castillo of Chile and An­drei Vasilevski of Be­larus in the third round.

Apart from Stan Wawrinka, who was knocked out in the open­ing round, the other prime con­tenders re­main on track to clinch the pres­ti­gious tro­phy.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Andy Mur­ray and twotime win­ner Rafael Nadal booked their places in the fourth round on Fri­day.

In the women’s sec­tion, Ro­ma­nian Si­mona Halep will face Be­laru­sian Vic­tória Azárenka to­mor­row af­ter­noon af­ter breez­ing past China’s Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-6 in the third round.

Gar­biñe Mugu­ruza is also through to the sec­ond week of the tour­na­ment af­ter trash­ing Ro­ma­nia’s So­rana Cîrstea 6-2, 6-2.

The 2015 run­ner-up will face top seed An­gelique Ker­ber, who de­feated Amer­i­can Shelby Rogers 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 yes­ter­day.

Bri­tish num­ber one and tour­na­ment favourite Jo­hanna Konta will to­mor­row play French­woman Caro­line Gar­cia for a place in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

PHOTO: SHAUN BOTTERILL / GETTY IM­AGES

YES! South African Kevin An­der­son is through to the last 16 of Wimble­don

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