The duo have had great camaraderie and a fantastic run of late that includes the stunning victory over doubles legends
RAVEN Klaasen’s hopes of a place in the Australian Open doubles semi-final round were dashed when he and his New Zealand partner, Michael Venus, crashed out of the tournament after losing 4-6 6-7(6) to the unseeded pair of Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) and Joao Sousa (Portugal), in the quarter-final round yesterday.
The defeat for Klaasen, the 2014 finalist in Melbourne, also ended the resilient South African fight Down Under with the other remaining contingent – Kholo Montsi and Joubert Klopper – also exiting on the same day with a 5-7 4-6 (7-10) brave defeat to the third seeded Czech Republic pair of Jonas Forejtek and Dalibor Svrcina in the second round stage of the Junior Australian Open.
Both Klaasen and the Kiwi, Venus, were seeded sixth in the tournament and seemed to find good momentum all the way to the last 16 stage easily getting past Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and Frederick Nielsen from Denmark in straight sets in the previous round this past weekend.
In contrast to the sporting rivalry that is often associated with their respective nations – the duo have had great camaraderie and a fantastic run of late that includes the stunning victory over doubles legends, Mike and Bob Bryan, prior at the ASB Classic held earlier this month before the Australian Open.