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Klaasen kicks off 2015 on a winning note in India
- Updated: January 7, 2015
Losing doubles finalist in last year’s Australian Open tournament, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen has got 2015 off to a winning start in India, writes Mark Etheridge.
Now teamed up with veteran Indian player Leander Paes, Klaasen was victorious against the Austrian/Slovakian combination of Andreas Haider-Maurer and Lukas Lacko in the Chennai Open.
They won in straight sets, the final score on the main Stadium court being 6-4 6-4.
Seeded first for the $458,000 hard-court tournament, Klaasen and Paes will take on the all-India pairing of Mahesh Bhupathi and Myneni, who were wildcards at this event.
Klaasen reached the Aussie Open doubles final as well as winning the Swedish Open late last year when he was teamed up with Eric Butorac. The American is now playing with Australian Sam Groth.
The match saw just three aces being served, one by Klaasen and Co and two by their opponents. They were also outgunned in terms of first service percentage (53%-66%) but where it counts, in first service points won, took honours 76%-55% and also won second service advantage.