Venus, Har­ri­son seal spot in semi­fi­nals

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT -

WELLINGTON: New Zealand dou­bles spe­cial­ist Michael Venus has seen off a French threat to book a semi­fi­nal berth at the ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don.

Venus and Amer­i­can Ryan Har­ri­son over­came sixth­seeded French­men Pier­reHugues Her­bert and Ni­co­las Mahut 6­7, 6­4, 10­5 yes­ter­day in a match that went to a su­per tiebreak at the O2 Arena.

It means two wins from two at the lu­cra­tive sea­son­end­ing tour­na­ment.

The French Open cham­pi­ons are guar­an­teed a place in the last four re­gard­less of the re­sult of their fi­nal pool match against Julien Ro­jer (Nether­lands) and Ho­ria Te­cau (Ro­ma­nia).

The win, which al­ready en­sures Venus will leave Lon­don with at least $100,000, came against op­po­nents who also won their first match.

Venus and Har­ri­son opened with a straight­sets win over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Henri Kon­ti­nen, of Fin­land, and John Peers (Aus­tralia).

Venus is the sec­ond Kiwi to con­test the World Tour dou­bles fi­nals. Brett Steven com­bined with Amer­i­can Tommy Ho in 1995. — NZN

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