Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
31 May 2018
6:43 pm

Anderson and Klaasen going strong at Roland Garros

Wesley Botton

South Africa's No 1 singles player runs into some resistance before winning fairly comfortably.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson returns the ball to Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas during their men's singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

Both South African representatives kept their title hopes alive at the French Open on Thursday, with Kevin Anderson and Raven Klaasen progressing to the third round in Paris.

Anderson, the No 6 seed in the men’s singles competition, faced some resistance from former French Open doubles champion Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, but he ultimately secured a 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4 victory in their second-round clash.

He was set to face German player Mischa Zverev in round three.

Meanwhile, Klaasen and doubles teammate Michael Venus of New Zealand earned a straight-sets 7-6 6-3 win over the French pairing of Jonathan Eysseric and Hugo Nys.

The No 10 seeds were gearing up to meet either Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia and John Millman of Australia, or eighth seeds Nikola Mektic of Croatia and Alexander Peya of Austria in the next round, for a place in the quarter-finals.