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Klaasen, Butorac lose in final

2014-01-25 14:30

Melbourne - South Africa's Raven Klaasen and his American partner Eric Butorac finished as runners-up at the Australian Open after they were outclassed by Poland's Lukasz Kubot and Sweden's Robert Lindstedt in their men's doubles final on Saturday.

Kubot and Lindstedt posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Klaasen and Butorac, securing their first Grand Slam as a team.

"Congratulations to Lucas and Robert they played an outstanding match today, well done guys," Klaasen said after the match.

"My partner Eric, that was a fun ride, obviously a start of a lot more to come.

"I'm not gonna take to much time, I want to thank those guys up there, my family. I wanna thank our box up there who's been in our corner all week, they've done a great job in keeping us alive, keeping us motivated.

"I want to thank the country back home, there's been so much support from South Africa, thanks to everyone back there, friends, family, media you guys have been awesome, thanks a lot guys."

Klaasen and Butorac had accounted for four seeded pairings on their way to the final, including a memorable success over top seeds and world number one-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan.

Results from the Australian Open on Saturday (x denotes seeding):

Women's singles

Final

Li Na (CHN x4) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK x20) 7-6 (7/3), 6-0

Men doubles

Final

Lukasz Kubot (POL)/Robert Lindstedt (SWE x14) bt Eric Butorac (USA)/Raven Klaasen (RSA) 6-3, 6-3

Boy's singles

Final

Alexander Zverev (GER x1) bt Stefan Kozlov (USA x2) 6-3, 6-0

Girl's singles

Final

Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS x4) bt Jana Fett (CRO) 6-2, 6-1

SAPA

Comments
  • Laura Stanford - 2014-01-25 15:26

    Incredible performance - we loved sharing your journey

      KGF - 2014-01-25 16:12

      @Ken, was it one of your cremora envelopes that landed at sanral? LOL

  • Edward Pretorius - 2014-01-25 15:46

    Great run Raven, we South Africans are proud of you! Yes you and your partner lost the final,but your were faaaaaaaAaantastic during the tourney! Thanks and strongz for the future!

  • Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-01-25 15:58

    People don't remember losers but winners...I'm just saying

      Vrystaat Poppie - 2014-01-25 16:00

      Knob.

      Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-01-25 16:53

      Lolest. Mandela brought me freedom. No one will hold me at ransom.

      Jaco Wium - 2014-01-25 17:48

      Leshilo, some intelligence - at some stage in the near future - will be appreciated. I'm just saying.

  • Celeste Maxime Lackay - 2014-01-25 16:05

    Well done to Klaasen an his partner! Yes you didn't win today, but you both have done extremely well and SA is pproud of you! Unseeded to finals? Geewizzzz!!

  • Darian Gray - 2014-01-25 16:36

    Choking is contagious. Even affected his American partner.

      Leshilo Kedibone - 2014-01-25 16:50

      Dead by laughter. Couldn't say it better...

  • Sean Moolman - 2014-01-25 16:47

    Congratulations to Raven - must be the first time in a while that we have a South African in a Grand Slam final? Cudos, dude!

  • Barney Klaasin - 2014-01-25 16:50

    Congrats Raven and Eric for been outstanding in the final.Raven we as South Africans are extremely proud of you for been our tennis hope in the international stage.Keep it up Raven

  • jane.dawson.165 - 2014-01-25 16:51

    Well played guys - you've done so well. Better luck next time. So proud of you

  • Nolan van der Merwe - 2014-01-25 19:08

    Well done Raven and your partner Butorac. Proudly South African and proudly Tennis South Africa.

  • Gabriel Agulhas - 2014-01-26 09:44

    Thank you Raven for putting SA on the map. Hope that American bound Kevin Anderson could learn from patriotic Raven Klaasen.

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