CAPE TOWN – For the first time in many decades, South Africa will have a player in the singles and doubles quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
On Monday afternoon, Kevin Anderson won through the quarterfinals with a 7-6 7-6 5-7 7-6 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils on Court 1.
Further out at the SW19 complex on Court 18, Anderson's countryman Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus reached the doubles quarterfinals after defeating Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) and Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-3 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (7/5) 6-7 (7/3), 6-3.
The 13th seeds Klaasen and Venus needed just under four hours to see off their opponents.
They will go up against fifth seeds Jamie Murray (Britain) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) on Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinals.
Two years ago, Klaasen reached the semifinals at Wimbledon where he was partnered by American Rajeev Ram although his best Major achievement was reaching the Australian doubles final in 2014, playing with American Eric Butorac.
African News Agency (ANA)