Routliffe makes it back to back WTA finals
Erin Routliffe’s superb form on the WTA Tour has continued reaching a second doubles final in as many weeks. Fresh form winning her maiden title in Palermo, Routliffe has teamed with Indonesia’s Aldila Sutjiadi to reach the final in Charleston.
While the Olympics have taken centre stage with Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell winning Bronze in the men’s doubles, Routliffe has been quietly going about her business surging to a career high WTA ranking in the process. By reach the final with a 6-4 6-2 win over Americans Jamie Loeb and Quinn Gleason, Routliffe is projected to climb from her current position of 82 by making the final and even hire if she wins the title.
Routliffe and Sutjiadi made a terrific start to the match breaking Loeb in the opening game. The Kiwi Indonesian pair broke Gleason later in the set but Sutjiadi was broken to love serving for the set at 5-2. Routliffe was able to close out the set in 37 minutes from 15-40.
The top seeds had the momentum going into the second set and they started well again by breaking Loeb in the first game. Although Sutjiadi dropped serve in the next game. At 2-2 Loeb was broken again as Routliffe and Sutjiadi started a run of four straight games to win the match in one hour and 10 minutes.
Tomorrow’s final is against Chinese Taipei’s Liang En-shuo and Canada’s Rebecca Marino.