Kiwi tennis star Michael Venus will compete for his second Grand Slam title of 2017 at the US Open, as he and parter Hao-Ching Chang of Taiwan sealed their spot in the mixed doubles final this morning.
New Zealand's Michael Venus in action during his first round singles match on opening day at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Taking on Anastasia Rodionova of Australia and Oliver Marach of Austria, Venus and Chang surged to a straight sets win, taking the first set 6-1 before claiming the second 8-6 in a tiebreak.
They will line up against the pair of Britain's Jamie Murray - brother of Andy - and Switzerland's Martina Hingis overnight tonight.
Venus claimed his first ever doubles Grand Slam title earlier this year, when he and partner Ryan Harrison of the USA won the French Open title at Roland Garros.
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