By Mark Etheridge
Our Davis Cup tennis ace Rik de Voest has gone through to the quarter-finals of the doubles category in the Vancouver Open in Canada.
De Voest and his American partner Bobby Reynolds accounted for the Canadian coupling of Daniel Chu and Vasek Pospisil in the first round. They won in straight sets 7-6 6-4.
Their reward for victory is a match-up with the tournament second seeds, Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski who beat Americans Andrea Collarini and Alex Kuznetsov, also in straight sets 6-4 7-6 in the first round.
De Voest, 30, is also involved in the main singles draw of the hard-court tournament that carries prize money of $US 175,000 and is scheduled to play Britain’s James Ward in first round action.
The South African won the singles and doubles category of this tournament back in 2006 and along with fellow SA player Kevin Anderson also won the doubles category last year when they beat Paraguay’s Ramon Delgado and Kaes Van’t Hof of the US in the final.
De Voest is a key part of our Davis Cup tie hopes against Germany next month and team captain John-Laffnie de Jager is still hoping that Anderson makes himself available for selection.