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Raven, Izak go through
- Updated: February 3, 2010
Local aces Raven Klaasen and Izak van der Merwe survived the first round of the South African Open tennis tournament on Tuesday and live to fight another day.
But big-serving Fritz Wolmarans couldn’t reach the same heights as Monday’s qualifying match and failed to progress.
Kuils River based Klaasen went past David Guez, beating the Frenchman 6-4 6-3.
Van der Merwe proved too good for Noam Akun, who had come up through the qualifying rates, beating the Israeli 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2).
Wolmarans, despite serving up 15 aces, went down 4-6 5-7 to Germany’s Bjorn Phau.
David Cup player Klaasen will now face seventh seed Yen-Hsen Lu from Taipei in the second round while Van der Merwe meets France’s Stephane Robert.
There were no real scares for top-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils as he cruised past Slovakian veteran Dominik Hrbaty 6-2 6-1.
In other matches seeded players Feliciano Lopez and sixth seed Somdev Devvarman went through to the next round.
Spain’s Lopez beat Monaco’s Benjamin Ballerat 6-1 6-7 (5) 6-3 and Devvarman beat Xavier Malisse 6-4 6-2.
But there was a shock for fourth seed Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland as he went down 6-4 3-6 6-4 to Dustin Brown of Jamaica.