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Routliffe, Gauff into semis at Italian Open

Updated: May 17

New Zealand's Erin Routliffe and American Coco Gauff have reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome.
New Zealand's Erin Routliffe and American Coco Gauff are through to the semifinals of the Italian Open doubles PHOTO: ITALIAN OPEN SOCIAL MEDIA

New Zealand's Erin Routliffe and American Coco Gauff have reached the semifinals of the Italian Open in Rome.


They won their doubles quarter-final in straight sets 6-3 7-6(3) against Katerina Siniakova and Taylor Townsend, although it wasn't always easy.


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Gauff was powerful during the match, while Routliffe had some serving issues, including losing all of her second serves, but held her nerve when needed.


However their opponents were up and down at times too. Czech Siniakova and American Townsend also made errors at vital times.


The match lasted an hour and 39 minutes. and now the third seeded Routliffe and Gauf will face the Chinese pair of Wang Xinyu and Zheng Saisai on Friday.


Routliffe has a current world ranking of six in doubles but will likely move up a place as a result of making the semis in Rome.


Gauff is also in the singles semifinals where she'll face Iga Swiatek.


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