Kiwi double specialist Michael Venus beaten in US Open first round

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There will be no Paris-style heroics for Kiwi doubles specialist Michael Venus at the US Open after he lost his opening round match.

New Zealand's Michael Venus in action during his first round singles match on opening day at the ASB Classic. ATP Mens Tennis Tournament. ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Monday 9 January 2017. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

New Zealand's Michael Venus in action during his first round singles match on opening day at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

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Venus and American partner Ryan Harrison were upset 6-3 6-3 by French pairing Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin on Thursday in a match lasting less than an hour.

The Frenchmen never conceded a break point in a dominant showing which ends a memorable year in grand slams for Venus on a low note.

He and Harrison recorded a breakthrough win at the French Open and backed that up with a quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon, leaving them seeded eighth in New York.

Another Kiwi doubles hopeful bundled out in the first round was Artem Sitak.

He and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof were beaten 7-6 6-3 by Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcel Granollers (Spain).

A third New Zealander in the doubles draw is Marcus Daniell, whose campaign alongside Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner begins against Spanish pair Pablo Carreno Busta and Fernando Verdasco.

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