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Klaasen wins title

Our Raven Klaasen has won the doubles title of the ATP Pingguo Challenger tennis tournament in China, writes Mark Etheridge.

Klaasen, teamed up with American John Fruttero to win the doubles category of the $50,000 tournament.

Seeded first for the tournament, they beat the Australian combination of Colin Ebelthite and Samuel Groth, taking tournament honours 6-2 6-4.

The victory was worth $3,100 and 80 valuable ATP rankings points. Klaasen was also entered in the singles draw but pulled out, giving a bout of flu as the reason.

Klaasen broke into the top 100 ATP Tour doubles rankings with this latest result.

Meanwhile on the singles scene Kevin Anderson now boasts his highest singles ranking yet, after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells last week.

Anderson moved up two spots to 28th. However Anderson may yet miss out on the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza, the Olympic Games, in London later this year. He failed to make himself available for Davis Cup selection by captain John-Laffnie de Jager and by doing so seriously jeopardises his selection chances.

Our top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, also reached the third round in Indian Wells and Monday’s new rankings see her slot in five spots higher at No42 in the WTA Tour rankings.