Australian Open

SA's Klaasen exits Australian Open

2017-01-25 09:21
Raven Klaasen (Picture: ATP World Tour)

Cape Town - SA tennis star Raven Klaasen’s participation in the 2017 Australian Open ended on Wednesday when he and playing partner Michaella Krajicek lost their mixed doubles quarter-final match.

Klaasen and Krajicek, who is the half-sister of 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and America’s Abigail Spears.

Klaasen’s participation in the men’s doubles ended last week when he and American playing partner, Rajeev Ram, lost their second round encounter 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) to Marcus Daniell from New Zealand and Marcelo Demoliner from Brazil.

Klaasen, who was the only South African competing in the main draw of this year's event, reached the men's doubles final of the Australian Open in 2014, when he and partner Eric Butorac lost to Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt.

Klaasen and Ram had an impressive 2016 season, winning one title (Chengdu, China) and made the ATP World Tour Finals, where they finished runners-up to Henri Kontinen (Finland) and John Peers (Australia).


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