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Klaasen continues run of good doubles form
- Updated: January 16, 2015
Raven Klaasen is into the semi-finals of yet another tournament, writes Mark Etheridge.
After losing out in the final of the Chennai Open in India last weekend, the South African and his new partner Leander Paes are in with the chance of making their second final in the space of a week.
The duo are currently playing the Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.
In the first round of the 32-strong draw they beat Britain’s Jamie Murray and Aussie John Peers 7-6 (3) 4-6 10-6.
That saw them come up against Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu and Oliver Marach in the quarters. It was against Lu and Britain’s Jonathan Marray that Klaasen and Paes lost out in Chennai last week.
But on this occasion the fourth seeds beat Lu and Marach in another tough three-setter, going through 4-6 6-3 10-6.
That means they will now take on the only other seeded combination left in the draw, second seeds Bruno Soares of Brazil and Alexander Peya of Austria.