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Klaasen and Paes go down in Chennai Open final
- Updated: January 12, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
Top seeds Raven Klaasen and Leander Paes went down in the doubles final of the Chennai Open tennis tournament in India on Sunday.
After carving their way through the 16-team draw they found the final a challenge to far.
The South African and Indian pair had to play second fiddle to the unseeded Taiwanese/British combination of Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray.
Final score in the final of the hard-court tournament was 6-3 7-6 (4).
The final saw Klaasen and Paes landing six aces, the most of all their matches at the event, compared to two from Lu and Marray.
But in terms of service the latter were very much on top with a 76% first service success (compared to 71%) and they also won 89% of points on their first service compared to 78% by Klaasen and Marray
The crowd of 5,000 were firmly behind the top seeds (who have a combined age tally of 73 years on court) even though they were unable to live up to their ranking. Still, this new partnership is already showing great promise early in the year.
Klaasen and Paes each pocketed $5,860 for reaching the final.