Australian Open 2019: Michael Venus, Artem Sitak into doubles second-round at Melbourne

Michael Venus in action.
Michael Venus in action. Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi doubles ace Michael Venus and partner Raven Klaasen have come from a set down to advance through to the Australian Open doubles second round.

The sixth-seeded New Zealand/South African duo topped American Bradley Klahn and Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan 4-6 6-4 6-3.

The first set stayed on serve, until Venus was broken in the ninth game. Klahn served out, and the Kiwi and South African were playing from behind.

But they wouldn't be broken again in the match and when Kukushkin was broken in the seventh game of the second set, Venus and Klaasen never looked back.

Klahn left the court for a short time between sets with a shoulder complaint and although he returned, he appeared in some discomfort.

Venus and Klaasen broke their opponents twice in the final frame to book a spot in the second round.

In a case of double-delight for New Zealand, Artem Sitak comfortably securing a place in the second round too.

Artem Sitak in action.
Artem Sitak in action. Photo credit: Getty

He and American Austin Krajicek eased past Leander Paes and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela 7-5 7-6.

Other first round men's doubles results:

Marcelo Arevalo/James Cerretani bt 9-Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau 

Pablo Carreno/Guillermo Garcia-Lopez bt 15-Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan 

Kevin Krawietz/Nikola Mektic  bt Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan  

Maximo Gonzalez/Nicolas Jarry bt WC-Max Purcell/Luke Saville 

Adrian Mannarino/Andreas Mies  bt Peter Gojowczyk/Albert Ramos 

12-Henri Kontinen/John Peers bt Santiago Gonzalez/Aisam Qureshi