Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe playing Match 3 at the WTA FInals

Photo : @wtafinals

Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe are not messing around

The duo completed their sweep of the opposition in the group stage of the WTA Finals after defeating Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-4, 7-5. 

Though the match was quite even throughout, Dabrowski and Routliffe soared in their service games, giving them the edge in the first set. The two won a stunning 85 per cent of their first serve points in that set, leaving their opponents with very little room to fail.  

Read More: New and Familiar Faces Make Up Team Canada’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals Roster: Meet the Team

The lone blip for Krejcikova and Siniakova came in the seventh game when Dabrowski and Routliffe won their only break point of the set to take the lead 4-3 before holding their serve the following game. 

Though the first set didn’t bring on many surprises, the second set was much more thrilling until the very end. 

Krejcikova and Siniakova jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring a break point in the second game. Dabrowski and Routliffe, however, refused to allow themselves to fall further behind, and converted a break point in return to stop the bleeding. 

The two duos held their respective serves until the penultimate game when Dabrowksi and Routliffe converted a key break point to take a 6-5 lead. With their first lead of the second set, they held their final serve to put the match on ice.  

Dabrowski and Routliffe’s ability to save 86 per cent of their break points defined the second set as they refused to fall apart at the most inopportune moments. 

Read more: Stakusic Notches Third ITF Title Win of 2023 Following Tevlin Challenger Victory

On the other team, Krejcikova and Siniakova couldn’t quite get a firm grip on their service games, winning only 58 per cent of them, compared to the 72 per cent in their first set. 

With the group stage now behind them, Dabrowski and Routliffe will play in the semifinals tomorrow, though their opponents are still unknown as of the time of writing.  

Once the two remaining matches of the day are completed, there will be a clearer picture of who they will face tomorrow.