South Africa’s run at Wimbledon came to an end on Thursday after doubles specialist Raven Klaasen and American partner Rajeev Ram were eliminated in the semifinals.
Klaasen had been the last remaining SA player in the main draw after compatriot Kevin Anderson was knocked out in the first round of the singles competition last week.
Just two matches away from clinching their maiden Grand Slam titles at London’s All England Club, Klaasen and Ram went down in a hard-fought contest against the French pairing of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
After going two sets down, they pulled one back in the third and took the fourth to a tie-break, but were eventually edged out by the former French Open champions, who progressed to the final with a 7-5 6-4 5-7 7-6(5) victory.
It was the second time in Klaasen’s career he had made it to the penultimate round of a Grand Slam tournament, after reaching the final of the Australian Open with former US partner Eric Butorac in 2014.