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Klaasen and Ram roar into Wimbledon semi-finals

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By Mark Etheridge

It’s bye-bye Bryan brothers as South Africans clapped for Klaasen at Wimbledon on Wednesday!
South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram roared into the semi-finals of the doubles category as they beat Bob and Bryan in a hard-fought match on Court 3.
Klaasen and Ram, coming off the back of a doubles win at the Gerry Weber Open in Germany, once again upset the Americans.
Seeded 11th at the All-England Championships, they beat the second seeds 7-6 (2) 1-6 7-6 (4).
Two years ago Klaasen and American Eric Butorac went down to the Swedish/Polish combination of Robert Lindstedt and Lukasz Kubot in the final of the Australian Open.
Wednesday’s match went on for 1hr 44min and saw Klaasen and Ram nailing their serves good and proper to the tune of 11 aces to just four by the brothers.
In the semi-final they’ll come up against French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Vasselin and they’ll fancy their chances against the unseeded combination.
Said travelling South African coach Jeff Coetzee: ‘It was yet another clinical performance. They served really well not having one break point against them.’
He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘They played very smart and stuck to the game plan and were very patient on big points and took their chances!
‘I just thought we had a good plan and executed really well. Looked at some notes from the Halle semis and just stuck to our guns!’
And semi-final thoughts? Can they reach the final: ‘For sure, especially the way they are playing now.’


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