February 28th, 2024

Dabrowski, Routliffe ousted in women’s doubles semifinal at Australian Open

By The Canadian Press on January 26, 2024.

Gabriela Dabrowski, of Canada, right, returns a shot alongside doubles partner Erin Routliffe, of New Zealand, left, during the women's doubles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2023, in New York. Dabrowski and Routliffe were defeated 7-5, 7-5 by Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the women's doubles semifinal at the Australian Open on Friday. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and her New Zealand playing partner Erin Routliffe were defeated 7-5, 7-5 by Lyudmyla Kichenok of Ukraine and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in the women’s doubles semifinal at the Australian Open on Friday.

Dabrowski and Routliffe, who was born in Auckland but now lives in Montreal, led 5-3 in both sets, but Kichenok and Ostapenko won four straight games each time to steal the sets.

Kichenok and Ostapenko, the tournament’s 11th seeds, landed 74 four cent of their first serves, while Dabrowski and Routliffe, who were seeded fourth, landed 63 per cent.

Dabrowski and Routliffe, the reigning U.S. Open champions, also committed five double faults, while their opponents committed just two.

Kichenok and Ostapenko will play the No. 2-seeded team of Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan and Elise Mertens of Belgium in the final.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2024.

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