Venus through to fi­nal

Wanganui Chronicle - - Front Page - Ten­nis

Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen have made it to the men’s dou­bles fi­nal at Wim­ble­don.

The Kiwi and South

African de­feated Fred­erik Nielsen, from Den­mark, and lo­cal hope Joe Sal­is­bury 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 in yes­ter­day’s semi­fi­nal, in a match that lasted two hours 21 min­utes.

In to­mor­row’s fi­nal they will take on the Amer­i­can duo of Jack Sock and Mike Bryan, who won their semi­fi­nal 6-3 6-1 6-7 7-6 6-4 over Do­minic In­glot, from Bri­tain, and Croa­tia’s Franko Sku­gor.

Venus and Slo­vakian mixed dou­bles part­ner Kata­rina Sre­bot­nik also made it to the semi­fi­nals, with a po­ten­tial match on Mon­day morn­ing ahead of the men’s sin­gles show­down.

Given the five-set epics that Venus and Klaasen had in their last two matches, this vic­tory was more straight­for­ward and al­though the large crowd on No 1 court were mainly sup­port­ing Sal­is­bury and Nielsen, it al­ways felt like be­ing a win for Venus and Klaasen.

“The first set was tight, we saved a break point or two on Raven’s serve ther. If we’d lost one of those points it could have been a dif­fer­ent story,” Venus said.

“But we man­aged to get through that tiebreaker af­ter be­ing up in it a few times, but they kept com­ing back.

“That re­ally helped us and, al­though they played a great game in the sec­ond set to break us, we said to each other that if they can hit four balls like that in a row that close to the lines, there’s noth­ing we can do.

“So we stuck to our plan, kept work­ing away and tried to find a gap to get a break.”

Venus won at the French Open last year with pre­vi­ous part­ner Ryan Har­ri­son.

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