Erin Routliffe

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Erin Routliffe
Country (sports) Canada (2009 – May 2017)
 New Zealand (June 2017 – present)
ResidenceCaledon, Ontario, Canada
Born (1995-04-11) April 11, 1995 (age 24)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2017
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CollegeAlabama Crimson Tide
Prize money$73,175
Career record70–67 (51.1%)
Career titles0 WTA, 1 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 591 (22 October 2012)
Current rankingNo. 690 (13 May 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open Junior1R (2013)
French Open Junior1R (2012, 2013)
Wimbledon Junior1R (2012)
US Open Junior1R (2012)
Career record101–52 (66.0%)
Career titles0 WTA, 12 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 95 (6 August 2018)
Current rankingNo. 110 (13 May 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Wimbledon1R (2018)
US Open1R (2015)
Australian Open JuniorQF (2013)
French Open Junior2R (2013)
Wimbledon JuniorQF (2012)
US Open JuniorQF (2012)
Team competitions
Fed Cup4–3
(Singles 3-2, Doubles 1-1)
Last updated on: 14 May 2019.

Erin Routliffe (born April 11, 1995) is a New Zealand professional tennis player who has previously represented Canada.[1] She reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 591 on 22 October 2012 and a career-high junior rank of No. 17 on 21 January 2013. She studied at the University of Alabama and was part of their tennis team from September 2013 until her graduation in May 2017, majoring in public relations. Routliffe is a two-time NCAA doubles champion with Maya Jansen for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.[2] Her win in the 2018 Hardee's Pro Classic in Dothan, Alabama allowed her to break into the top 200 in the doubles rankings for the first time, while her win two weeks later in Charleston, South Carolina pushed her into the top 150. Her runner-up finish in the Citi Open in Washington DC took her into the top 100.

Early life[edit]

Routliffe was born in New Zealand while her parents, Robert Routliffe and Catherine MacLennan, were on an around-the-world sailing adventure. They stayed there four years before returning to Canada.[3] She has two sisters, Tara and Tess, the latter being an international paraswimmer.[2] She made the move to Montreal in September 2011 to train at the National Training Centre and stayed there until 2013.

Tennis career[edit]


In October 2010, Routliffe won the doubles title at the G4 in Burlington.[4] She won her first junior singles title at the same tournament a year later.[5] In October 2011, she reached the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles at the ITF $50,000 in Saguenay, with a win over then world No. 229 Alizé Lim in the second round.[6] She reached her second straight 50K doubles quarterfinals in Toronto the next week.[7]


In April, Routliffe won the singles and doubles titles at the G2 in Cap-d'Ail.[8] Later that month she made the doubles final of the G1 in Beaulieu-sur-Mer.[9] She lost in the first round in singles at the junior French Open and Wimbledon, but reached the quarterfinals in doubles at Wimbledon. In August, she was awarded a wildcard in the qualifying draw at the Rogers Cup and made it to the second round.[10] She made the doubles final of the G1 in Repentigny in September.[11] She was defeated in the first round in singles of the junior US Open, but reached the quarterfinals in doubles. She won the doubles title at the GB1 in Tulsa alongside compatriot Carol Zhao, overcoming Charlotte Petrick and Denise Starr in the final.[12] Routliffe also reached two doubles quarterfinals in October, at the $50,000 tournaments in Saguenay and Toronto.[13]


Routliffe lost in the first round in singles of the junior Australian Open, but made the quarterfinals in doubles for her third straight Grand Slam. In February she reached her first professional doubles final, at the $25,000 tournament in Launceston.[14] She was defeated in the first round in singles and the second round in doubles at the junior French Open. At the beginning of July, Routliffe made it to the semifinals in doubles at the 50K Cooper Challenger.[15] In August she won the gold medal in singles at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke.[16]


In July, Routliffe and partner Carol Zhao made it to the semifinals at the $25,000 tournament in Gatineau.[17] At the 25K in Granby a week later, she and Zhao reached the third professional doubles final of her career. They were supposed to face Hiroko Kuwata and Riko Sawayanagi for the title, but had to withdraw because of an injury.[18]


In July, Routliffe reached the doubles final in Granby (now a $50,000 tournament) for the second straight year, this time with Laura Robson, but they were defeated in straight sets by Australians Jessica Moore and Storm Sanders.[19] The following month, Routliffe and partner Maya Jansen won the US Open National Playoffs in doubles, and were awarded a wildcard for the main draw.[20] They were defeated in the first round by sixth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.[21]


Routliffe advanced to her first professional singles final in July 2016, at the 25K in Winnipeg, where she was defeated by fellow qualifier Francesca Di Lorenzo in straight sets.[22] In early October she won her first professional doubles title, partnering Andie Daniell, at the 10K in Charleston.[23]


In June, after a lengthy process, the ITF agreed to allow Routliffe to change her representational nationality to the country of her birth. Routliffe played her first Fed Cup ties for New Zealand against Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in July, dropping only one game in her winning debut over Guljan Muhammetkuliyeva.[1] In October, this time with Di Lorenzo as her partner, she won through to the doubles final at the 60K in Saguenay, Canada, but they had to withdraw following an injury to Di Lorenzo.[24] The next week at the 60K in Toronto, she won her second doubles title, defeating Ysaline Bonaventure and Victoria Rodríguez, partnering Alexa Guarachi for just the second time.[25] In December, she reached the doubles final with Maya Jansen at the 15K in Solapur, India.[26]


In January, with compatriot Jade Lewis, Routliffe won her third and fourth doubles titles, in consecutive weeks at ITF tournaments in Sharm El Sheikh.[27][28] A week later, she collected her third successive title at the same venue, this time in singles over Nadja Gilchrist.[29]

Routliffe then joined the New Zealand team in Bahrain for their Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group II playoffs. Rested for the first day's tie against Lebanon, Routliffe had her first match the following day when New Zealand met top seeds Uzbekistan. Playing for the second time against their top player, Sabina Sharipova (she had played her in the 2017 Fed Cup tie as well), Routliffe fought well in the first set but tired in the second, losing 7-5, 6-1. Losing all three rubbers, New Zealand nevertheless finished second in the group, and moved through to the 5th-8th place play-offs against Pakistan the following day, where Routliffe beat Ushna Sohail, 6-3, 6-1. The tie was won 3-0, New Zealand therefore finishing fifth equal with the Philippines.

In Irapuato, Mexico, Routliffe won her third ITF doubles title for the year when she teamed up with Alexa Guarachi again.[30] It was also the third final in a row where she had been in a team which defeated the top seeds. They followed that with a loss in the semifinals at Jackson, Mississippi, but won another title together a week after that, in Pelham, Alabama,[31] and continued the great run of form by collecting their third title in four weeks, this time in Dothan. The latter event, being an $80,000 tournament, was the biggest win for both players.[32] They lost in a marathon match tie-break, 20-18, in the quarterfinals of the next tournament in the $80,000 series, at Charlottesville, Virginia, but then prevailed again in the last of the three events, at Charleston, South Carolina, where they beat Louisa Chirico and Allie Kiick in a match tie-break in the final.[33]

Routliffe then went to South Korea to start a series of tournaments in Asia. With a new partner in Victoria Rodríguez, as Guarachi stayed at home, she lost in the semifinals of the first event in Incheon. Moving on to Thailand, the pair took out the title at the first tournament they played in Hua Hin,[34] and completed the tournament double by winning again a week later.[35] It was Routliffe's eighth doubles title for the year.

Routliffe and Guarachi took a chance that they would be able to qualify for Wimbledon, and became the last team entered. They had straight sets wins over Priscilla Hon and Arantxa Rus, and Anna Kalinskaya and Viktoria Kuzmova, in the qualifying matches, before taking the eventual champions, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková, to a third set in the first round of the main draw, the score being 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 to the young Czechs.

From there Routliffe returned to Canada and, because Guarachi had remained in Europe, she teamed up again with Victoria Rodriguez for an ITF tournament in Gatineau, Quebec. Entering the event as top seeds, they were surprising beaten in their quarterfinal. Teaming up again with Guarachi as fourth seeds at the Citi Open in Washington, her very first WTA event, they made it all the way to the final, where they lost in straight sets to third seeds Han Xinyun and Darija Jurak. Returning to Canada with Guarachi, they were beaten in a big upset by Carson Branstine and Rebecca Marino in the first round of an ITF tournament in Vancouver.

Routliffe followed that with a month-long training block in New Zealand before heading to Cairns for the first of a series of ITF tournaments in Australia. Beaten in singles qualifying, she and first-time partner Astra Sharma were second seeds in the doubles, and performed right up to that ranking. They met the top seeds Naiktha Bains and Xu Shi-lin in the final and, after a poor first set, couldn't convert either of their set points in the second set tie-break, eventually losing 6-1, 7-6. In Darwin, she and Ellen Perez lost in the quarterfinals. She had better luck with Freya Christie as her partner, reaching the semifinals in Brisbane and taking her ninth doubles title of the year in Toowoomba[36], but lost with different partners in the first round in both Bendigo and Canberra.

Returning to the USA for her final WTA tournament of the season, Routliffe teamed up again with regular partner Alexa Guarachi for a 125K series event in Houston, Texas. Seeded fourth, and playing in a temperature of just 4° C, they were beaten in a huge first round upset by Maegan Manasse and Jessica Pegula, who would go on to win the title. A month later Routliffe was in Auckland where, seeded second in the singles, she lost in the semifinals of the New Zealand Championships to Valentina Ivanov[37], but won the doubles as top seed with Paige Hourigan.[38]


Given a wildcard into singles qualifying in Auckland, Routliffe was beaten in straight sets by Alexandra Panova. In the doubles, she and Guarachi took the first set against Timea Babos and Julia Görges, but were unable to hold out the European pair in either the second set or match tie-break. They both went on to Hobart but took different partners, with Routliffe and Vera Lapko losing 11-13 in a match tie-break in the first round. Travelling back to North America, Routliffe's next event was in Newport Beach, California, where she and Kristie Ahn lost in the first round to her conquerors from Houston, Manasse and Pegula.

She then had a series of tournaments where she lost in either the first or second round, until she came to defend her title in Irapuato. She and Kazakhstan's Anna Danilina were top seeds, but were upset in the semi-finals, 7-6 (6), 6-4, by the eventual champions, fellow New Zealander Paige Hourigan and Australian Astra Sharma. She lost in the quarter-finals of her next two tournaments in Mexico, and then in the first round of the WTA tournament in Bogota.

From there it was to the clay court swing in the USA where, reunited with Alexa Guarachi, they attempted to defend their title in Dothan, but were upset in the first round by Beatrice Gumulya and Abbie Myers. Guarachi then returned to the WTA circuit in Europe, so Routliffe teamed up with Francesca Di Lorenzo to reach the quarter-finals in Charlottesville, and then with Allie Kiick to reach the semi-finals at the next event in Charleston.

WTA career finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Winner — Legend
WTA Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–0)
International (0–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2018 Citi Open, United States International Hard Chile Alexa Guarachi China Han Xinyun
Croatia Darija Jurak
3–6, 2–6

ITF Circuit finals[edit]

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments
$80,000 tournaments
$60,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$15,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No.    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1. 11 July 2016 Winnipeg, Canada Hard United States Francesca Di Lorenzo 4–6, 1–6
Win 1. 4 February 2018 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard United States Nadja Gilchrist 6–3, 7–5

Doubles: 19 (12 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

$100,000 tournaments (1–0)
$80,000 tournaments (2–0)
$50,000 (0–1) / $60,000 tournaments (1–1)
$25,000 tournaments (5–3)
$15,000 tournaments (2–1)
$10,000 tournaments (1–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (7–6)
Clay (5–1)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result No.    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1. 4 February 2013 Launceston, Australia Hard United States Allie Kiick Russia Ksenia Lykina
United Kingdom Emily Webley-Smith
5–7, 3–6
Loss 2. 17 May 2013 Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy Clay Canada Carol Zhao Italy Martina Caregaro
Italy Anna Floris
2–6, 7–5, [7–10]
Loss 3. 20 July 2014 Granby, Canada Hard Canada Carol Zhao Japan Hiroko Kuwata
Japan Riko Sawayanagi
Loss 4. 20 July 2015 Granby, Canada Hard United Kingdom Laura Robson Australia Jessica Moore
Australia Storm Sanders
5–7, 2–6
Win 1. 1 October 2016 Charleston, United States Clay United States Andie Daniell United States Quinn Gleason
United States Whitney Kay
6–4, 6–2
Loss 5. 25 October 2017 Saguenay, Canada Hard (i) United States Francesca Di Lorenzo Canada Bianca Andreescu
Canada Carol Zhao
Win 2. 5 November 2017 Toronto, Canada Hard (i) Chile Alexa Guarachi Belgium Ysaline Bonaventure
Mexico Victoria Rodríguez
7–6(7–4), 3–6, [10–4]
Loss 6. 10 December 2017 Solapur, India Hard United States Maya Jansen Chinese Taipei Hsu Ching-wen
India Pranjala Yadlapalli
5–7, 6–1, [6–10]
Win 3. 20 January 2018 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard New Zealand Jade Lewis Russia Anastasia Potapova
Russia Ekaterina Yashina
0–6, 7–5, [10–6]
Win 4. 27 January 2018 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt Hard New Zealand Jade Lewis Turkey Berfu Cengiz
Bosnia and Herzegovina Jasmina Tinjic
6–1, 5–7, [12–10]
Win 5. 17 March 2018 Irapuato, Mexico Hard Chile Alexa Guarachi United States Desirae Krawczyk
Mexico Giuliana Olmos
4–6, 6–2, [10–6]
Win 6. 13 April 2018 Pelham, United States Clay Chile Alexa Guarachi United States Maria Mateas
Mexico María José Portillo Ramírez
6–1, 6–2
Win 7. 21 April 2018 Dothan, United States Clay Chile Alexa Guarachi United States Sofia Kenin
United States Jamie Loeb
6–4, 2–6, [11–9]
Win 8. 5 May 2018 Charleston, United States Clay Chile Alexa Guarachi United States Louisa Chirico
United States Allie Kiick
6–1, 3–6, [10–5]
Win 9. 2 June 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard Mexico Victoria Rodriguez Thailand Nicha Lertpitaksinchai
Thailand Peangtarn Plipuech
7–5, 3–6, [10–6]
Win 10. 9 June 2018 Hua Hin, Thailand Hard Mexico Victoria Rodriguez Japan Mana Ayukawa
Switzerland Nina Stadler
6–4, 6–4
Loss 7. 21 September 2018 Cairns, Australia Hard Australia Astra Sharma Australia Naiktha Bains
China Xu Shi-lin
1–6, 6–7(7–9)
Win 11. 12 October 2018 1 Toowoomba, Australia Hard United Kingdom Freya Christie Australia Samantha Harris
Australia Astra Sharma
7–5, 6–4
Win 12. 12 May 2019 Bonita Springs, United States Clay Chile Alexa Guarachi United States Usue Maitane Arconada
United States Caroline Dolehide
6–3, 7–6(7–5)

Note 1: rain stopped play on 12 October with the score at 1-3 in the first set, and also prevented play the following day. The match was completed on 14 October.

Grand Slam doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Australian Open A A A A A 0–0
French Open A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A A 1R 0–1
US Open 1R A A A 0–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–2


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