NZ's Routliffe and Dabrowski win US Open doubles crown


New Zealander Erin Routliffe and Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski have won the US Open women's doubles title in just their fourth tournament together, beating 2020 champions Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva 7-6 (11-9) 6-3.

It was the first grand slam women's doubles title for both of the players, the No.16 seeds in Flushing Meadows who first paired up earlier this summer in Montreal.

After the lengthy first-set tiebreaker in which both teams had set points, Dabrowski and Routliffe quickly seized control in the second set by breaking Zvonarena's serve in the first game, then Siegemund's in the third for a 3-0 lead.

The No.12 seeds won the next two games and were within 4-3 after Siegemund held during a lengthy game, but Dabrowski and Routliffe won the next two games to close it out.

Siegemund and Zvonareva were playing in their first tournament together when they won the title at Flushing Meadows three years ago, with no fans attending because of COVID-19 restrictions. They have won four championships in all as a team.

Siegemund, who cried after being booed by fans for playing slowly when she lost to women's singles champion Coco Gauff in the first round, was thankful to have them cheering in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday.

"It was just great to play with people again, not like in 2020," Siegemund said.