Photo: Getty ImagesFormer Queenstown player Ben McLachlan and his German doubles partner have beaten Kiwi Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen in the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland. McLachlan (now aligned with Japan) and Jan Lennard Struff took just 65 minutes to oust the third seeds 6-3 6-4 on Saturday. Venus and Klaasen lacked their usual sharpness at the net and accuracy on serve, and with such fine margins in doubles, that was enough to turn the final to their opponents. The 2018 Wimbledon finalists rebounded in the second set, grabbing an early break, but couldn't maintain their advantage. Venus was broken for the second time in the match to level up the set, before Klaasen found himself 0-40 down at 4-5.
Source: Otago Daily Times January 12, 2019 23:15 UTC