Good start for Routliffe in Mexico
New Zealand doubles star Erin Routliffe and her Polish partner Alicja Rosolska have made a strong start to the WTA 1000 tournament in Guadalajara in Mexico.
They’ve beaten American Kaitlyn Christian a former partner of Routliffe’s and Belarussian Lidziya Marozava 6-2,3-6,10-3 in an hour and 20 minutes.
However, the draw hasn’t been kind for Routliffe and Rosolska who play top seeds, the Czech pair of Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the second round.
Michael Venus and his German partner Tim Puetz are the second seeds at the ATP 250 tournament in Stockholm in Sweden.
They face American Maxime Cressy and Frenchman Albano Olivetti in the first round early tomorrow morning.
Venus and Puetz are 9th and 10th in the individual ATP doubles rankings and are eight in the race to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in Turin next month and will need a big finish to the season to confirm their spot.