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Anderson, De Voest in singles main draw



Two South Africans, Kevin Anderson and Rik de Voest, will be competing in the Wimbledon singles main draw. The tournament starts on Monday.

SA’s number one Kevin Anderson gained automatic entry into the main singles draw as a result of his ATP ranking (94).

Rik de Voest gained his place in the main draw after a commendable qualifying run. He beat German Andre Begemann 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 on Thursday to fulfil his long-standing aspiration to reach the Wimbledon tournament proper for the second time.

Not so fortunate was Izak van der Merwe, who was eliminated in the first qualifying round: he went down 6-3 6-7 14-12 to Alex Kuznetsov in a titanic battle which lasted more than three hours.

De Voest has not gained a position in the main singles segment of tennis's most august tournament since he was beaten by Marat Safin in the first round in 2007 - and the 29-year-old South African has expressed the ambition to make at least one more sortie at the game's most prized title.

Kevin Anderson was less fortunate in his Wimbledon build-up match on Wednesday - retiring in the ATP Eastbourne tournament against Israeli Dudi Sela after winning the first set 7-5 and losing the second set 6-3.

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