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Klaasen into Aussie Open doubles quarter-finals

Kevin Anderson’s Australian Open may have come to an end but unseeded Raven Klaasen and American partner Eric Butorac kept the South African flag flying high in Melbourne on Monday, writes Mark Etheridge.

Klaasen and Butorac had a superb victory over renowned US pairing Bob and Mike Bryan, beating the tournament’s top seeds in straight sets.

The final score, in a match lasting an hour and 18 minutes was 7-6 (9) 6-4.

Klaasen and Butorac combined for five aces compared to the Bryan brothers’ three and ended up hitting 45 winners compared to their opponents’ 24.

Next up for the duo will be a quarter-final clash with 12th seeds Treat Huey of the Philippines and Britain’s Dominic Inglot. They put out seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.

Meanwhile, in the Junior Grade A division of the Open, our Ilze Hattingh beat Japan’s Yukina Saigo to progress to the third round.

And in Spain, Natasha Fourouclas had a great ITF tournament where she reached the final of the Lanzarote leg of the circuit.

Fourouclas, a member of Team SA at the All-Africa Games in Mozambique three years ago, beat both the second and third seeds en route to the final where she lost to Italy’s Anastasia Grymalska in straight sets 6-3 6-3.


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