- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
- Skhosana’s promise to take SA even further forward
- It’s 50 medals for SA at African Championships
- Top-ranked Williams does the double
- Championship records for Brown and relay team
- Gobel grabs share of the lead at Kyalami
- Interim coach Ellis looks to take Banyana even further
- Opening round of 70 puts Williams in front
- Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games
Klaasen captures doubles title in Germany
- Updated: June 22, 2015
Raven Klaasen is back on the victory trail after him and his latest doubles partner Rajeev Ram won the doubles title at the Gerry Webber Open in Halle, Germany at the weekend.
Klaasen and American Ram, beat the Indian/Romanian combination of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea in straight sets.
They won 7-6(5) 6-2 in a match lasting 1hr 12min.
The victory sees Klaasen moving up five positions to 25th on the ATP doubles list. His highest ranking yet is 18th late last year.
Prize money in Germany was 56,000 Euros.
Klaasen said afterwards: ‘It feels unbelievable. Rajeev and I had a good start to this week and it’s such a big difference from the beginning of the week to the end. Being on the Centre Court is something special. One of the nicest courts I’ve played on for sure. The crowd got really excited.’
Ram added: ‘It was my first [ATP World Tour] 500 title. We started slow in getting down an early break but after that it was pretty clean. It was only our second tournament together and it’s a nice feeling to have success early. I think we have pretty good communication and we worked hard.’