Venus Reaches Third Round at Wimbledon

by Brandon Berrio
Venus Reaches Third Round at Wimbledon

LONDON – Former LSU tennis player Michael Venus reached the third round of doubles for the first time at Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It marked the fifth time that the former All-American and SEC Player of the Year reached the round of 16 at a grand slam.

Venus and partner Mate Pavic of Croatia opened up the first round of doubles play with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo and Joao Sousa.

In the second round of competition, Venus and Pavic defeated Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram in a five-set thriller. After taking a 2-0 lead in sets, Klassen and Ram came back to tie the match at two-sets all. Venus and Pavic went on to take a tight fifth set, 11-9, to punch a ticket to the third round of gentlemen’s doubles.

Venus and Pavic fell to Bob and Mike Bryan, the world’s top doubles team, in the third round.

Venus, along with partner Raluca Olaru, also advanced to the third round of mixed doubles. The duo defeated Andre Sa and Lara Arruabarrena 6-3, 6-2 in the opening round. Venus and Olaru then went on to defeat Henri Kontinen and Jie Zheng 6-4, 6-2 in the second round.

Former Tigers Ken and Neal Skupski also competed in doubles and mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Ken reached the second round of mixed doubles with partner Johanna Konta. Ken and Konta defeated Daniel Nestor and Kristina Mladenovic 7-6, 7-5 to move on to the second round.

In the main doubles draw, the SKupski brothers fell to Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6,

The tournament continued a string of success by Tigers on tour. Venus is up to No. 55 in the world doubles rankings, while Neal Skupski is No. 124 in the world and Ken is 125th. James Cluskey is No. 160 in doubles.