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Moodie says Raven’s success is huge step forward
- Updated: January 27, 2014
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.”