Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
6 Jul 2016
6:03 pm

Klaasen reaches Wimbledon semifinals

Wesley Botton

This is the second time Klaasen has progressed beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam.

FILE PICTURE: Raven Klaasen. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

South African Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram have booked their place in the Wimbledon semifinals, after ousting the fancied pairing of Bob and Mike Bryan on Wednesday.

Klaasen and Ram, both aiming for their maiden Grand Slam titles, defeated the Bryan brothers 7-6(2) 6-1 7-6(4) in their quarter-final clash.

They will face either the French team of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who won the 2014 French Open, or No 3 seeds Jamie Murray of Scotland and Bruno Soares of Brazil in the penultimate round of the prestigious tournament at London’s All England Club.

This is the second time Klaasen has progressed beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, after reaching the final of the Australian Open with former partner Eric Butorac in 2014.