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Erin Routliffe hits new world ranking high

New Zealand's Erin Routliffe is at a new career high of No 3
Erin Routliffe facing the camera is up to a career-high ranking of No 3 in the world PHOTO: STEPHANIE MYLES/OPEN COURT

Erin Routliffe has gone where no New Zealand tennis player has been before. She's now officially ranked No 3 in the world in doubles.


The 29-year-old moved to a new high of three after teaming with Coco Gauff and reaching the doubles final at the Italian Open.


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Routliffe was number six which is also the high for Michael Venus in doubles, but now the Canadian-based kiwi is sitting behind only Sui Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) and Elise Mertens (Belgium) in the rankings.


The previous high ranking for Routliffe was No 5, last month.


Gaby Dabrowski, the regular partner for Rouliffe is currently injured meaning Leylah Fernandez will be her partner for this week in Strasbourg where they are up against the top seeds Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez in the first round.


Fernandez and Routliffe will also team together for the French Open.


Routliffe has five WTA doubles titles to her credit including the US Open last year with Dabrowski.


Meanwhile New Zealand No 1 in singles Lulu Sun is now up to 128 in the rankings.


Sun is this week playing the qualifying at the French Open


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