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Moodie into quarters

Doubles ace Wesley Moodie remains the only South African left in contention at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris.

Moodie, along with fellow “skyscraper” Dick Norman of Belgium, is now through to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles.

Seeded fourth, the combination accounted for 15th seeds Julien Benneteau and Michael Lodra, beating the Frenchmen in straight sets 6-4 6-4 on Monday.

Moodie has experimented with various player combinations after a pretty successful partnership with fellow South African Jeff Coetzee and has also played some tournaments with promising Russian player Mikhail Youznhy.
But him and Youznhy failed to hit form at the start of this season’s ATP Tour, losing in the first round of their opening two tournaments.
That meant the resumption of the Belgian-South African alliance and it certainly seems like it’s back to business as normal.
There was a surprise hurdle in the form of Britons Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski but the duo’s experience saw them edge a tough three-setter before they got back on track against Benneteau and Lodra.
The pair will no doubt be looking to build on Moodie’s fellow South African, Chani Scheepers, who surprised all and sundry to reach the fourth round of the women’s draw before going out to Russian Elene Dementieva.