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NZ doubles combinations miss finals

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/09/2016

Leading Kiwi doubles players Michael Venus and Artem Sitak have had their title hopes dashed in the semi-finals at ATP tournaments in China.

Michael Venus, whose doubles ranking improved to a career-high 37th this week, was well beaten in Shenzhen.

He and Croatian Mate Pavic, the tournament third seeds, were upset 7-6 6-3 by unseeded Fabio Fognini of Italy and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden.

More than 1000km inland in Chengdu, Sitak and American Nicholas Monroe couldn't overcome top seeds Raven Klaasen of South Africa and American Rajeev Ram, going down 6-4 7-6.

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