Venus through to final
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.