SA doubles ace Klaasen wins first round match at Australian Open

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Raven Klaasen. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Raven Klaasen. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen and his Japanese partner, Ben McLachlan, have advanced to the second round at the Australian Open.

Klaasen and McLachlan, the 13th seeds, defeated Philipp Oswald of Austria and Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-3 in their first round match on Thursday.

They will face British duo Dominic Inglot and Ken Skupski in their next match.

Meanwhile, South Africa's other participants in the year’s opening Grand Slam, Lloyd Harris and Kevin Anderson, are already out.

Harris lost in the first round in singles and doubles, while Anderson was also defeated in his opening round singles match.

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