Venus, Harrison seal spot in semifinals
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