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Moodie one match from final

Our Wesley Moodie and his Belgian partner Dick Norman are homing in on what will be a second Wimbledon doubles title for Moodie.

They took another giant step closer to glory on Wednesday when they roared into the semi-finals with a four sets win over the dangerous Bryan brothers, Bob and Bryan.

The brothers were seeded second for the prestigious Grand Slam title but Moodie and and Norman were in no mood for delays.

The seventh seeded combination went on to victory, with all but one of the four sets going to tiebreakers 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-7 (3) 7-5.

Importantly, the victory means that Moodie and Norman are the highest ranked combination left in the doubles draw.

And they now come up against the unseeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Germany’s Philipp Petzschner in their semi.

That means they’ll miss the only other seeds in the competition, Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romania’s Horia Tecau, who are seeded 16th. Lindstedt and Tecau play Argentinians Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank in the other semi-final.

Moodie is no stranger to title success at Wimbledon, having won the doubles section five years ago when he was teamed with Stephen Hess of Australia.

Moodie also still has unfinished business in the mixed doubles where he and Lisa Raymond, seeded 11th, tackle Austria’s Julian Knowle and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.

Other South African interest saw Ilana Klose and her US (formerly South African) partner Ros Nideffer go down 6-4 6-1 in the round robin section of the invitational doubles. They lost to Spain’s Conchita Martinez and Nathalie Tauziat of France.

Mark Etheridge


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