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Moodie says Raven’s success is huge step forward

By Mark Etheridge

Former Wimbledon doubles champion Wesley Moodie says that fellow South African Raven Klaasen’s reaching the final of the Australian Open doubles will be a huge boost.

Moodie won the doubles title in 2005 as he was partnered with Australian Stephen Huss.

Now working in Durban, Moodie took time out from a busy work schedule to watch the doubles final where Klaasen and American partner Eric Butorac (pictured right) lost to Sweden’s Robert Linstedt and Lukasz Kubot of Poland, in straight sets 6-3 6-3.

“I thought Linstedt and Kubot executed well from the the start, particularly on serve and return,” Moodie told Road to Rio 2016. “They played a high level of tennis throughout and put pressure on Raven and Eric.

“I felt Raven and Eric weren’t able to raise their game and gave their opponents a chance to play well in parts of the match. But I also think Linstedt and Kubot played exceptionally well so Raven and Eric would really have to have done something special to take control of the match.

“I’m sure its a tough loss for Raven but its a huge step forward in his career and hopefully he can build on it.”

Picture: Supersport.com


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