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Klaasen, Paes progress to Chennai Open semi-finals
- Updated: January 9, 2015
Raven Klaasen and Leander Paes are through to the semi-finals of the Chennai Open in India, writes Mark Etheridge.
The South Africa/Indian combination beat the local line-up of Mahesh Bhupathi and Saketh Mnyeni in three sets to clinch their place.
They went through, courtesy of a to-and-fro 1-6 6-1 10-7 scoreline.
The top seeds for the tournament will now play Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the semi-final after they had beaten Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis and Croatia’s Mate Pavic, also in three sets.
In their quarters clash, Klaasen and Paes were outgunned in the aces department, to the tune of 5-1 but that was nullified by the fact that the Indians had five double faults to Klaasen and Paes single double fault.
Once again their service game was working well with a 70% first service percentage compared to 54% by Bhupathi and Mnyeni.