Erin Routliffe is through to the second round of the ladies doubles at Wimbleon for the first time.
Erin Routliffe has advanced to the second round of the ladies doubles at Wimbledon, but Michael Venus only has the mixed doubles left to focus on.
The Auckland born Routliffe won her first ever match at Wimbledon on Thursday as she and her partner Alicja Rosolska defeated Irina-Camelia Begu and Anhelina Kalinina 6-4 6-4.
As the scoreline suggests, it was a close battle but Routliffe and Rosolska always seemed to have something extra about them and picked up a couple of breaks of serve in both sets.
Having lost in the first round of their first two grass court tournaments, Routliffe and Rosolska have steadily improved, making the final in Bad Homburg last week and then having their first round win at Wimbledon.
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Routliffe says they’re both feeling more comfortable on the surface.
“Whenever we change surfaces, we have to figure out how to play on that surface as a team, seeing as we’ve never played together before on the different surfaces,” Routliffe said.
“I can definitely see we’re getting more confident together on grass and figuring out what works and what doesn’t.”
For Venus, there will be no repeat of his appearance in the gentlemen’s final at Wimbledon in 2018 this year as he and Tim Puetz from German lost a marathon of a match against the South African Raven Klaasen and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo 4-6 7-6 (2) 7-5 1-6 7-6 (10).
It was a match where the momentum shifted numerous times, but ultimately it came down to Klaasen and Melo making fewer mistakes in the tiebreaks.
“They’re very experienced, they know how to play on grass,” Venus said.
“Their games suit it well, they’ve had really good results here and we knew it was going to be a tough match.
“But we gave ourselves opportunities or put ourselves in positions and in some of those opportunities we didn’t play well enough and put some balls where we should have.
“So that’s on us and we’ve got to get better and next time take those.”
Although Venus is out of the gentlemen’s doubles, he has first round match in the mixed doubles up, where he’ll partner Rosolska against Venus Williams and Jamie Murray.
“Any time you’re playing at Wimbledon it’s exciting and when you’re playing against Venus Williams who’s won how many grand slams?, with Jamie who’ll have huge support, it should be a fun match and I’m looking forward to it.”