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Erin Routliffe and Gabriela Dabrowski with the Rothesay Open Nottingham women's doubles trophy
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Rothesay Open Nottingham 2024: Gabriela Dabrowski & Erin Routliffe beat Harriet Dart & Diane Parry to win women’s doubles title

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Gabriela Dabrowski and Erin Routliffe are the new Rothesay Open Nottingham women’s doubles champions.

Top seeds Dabrowski and Routliffe defeated Britain’s Harriet Dart and Diane Parry 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 in an hour and 42 minutes to seal the WTA 250 trophy.

The 2023 US Open champions bagged their third career title together and first on the grass after saving a championship point in the match tie-break.

“Harriet and Diane you guys had a great week and that was a really tough match,” said Routliffe.

“This is Gabi’s first tournament back in two and half months and it’s really hard to come and play after you’ve been out for a while, and she did an amazing job this week.”

Dabrowski added: “I haven’t been here in a few years and I’m really glad I came back and this is our first one on the grass.”

Watching on the sidelines for the Canadian, New Zealand duo was Britain’s Emily Webley-Smith – a close friend of the world No.3 and No.7.

“I would like to dedicate this title to Jane and Mike Smith – Emily's parents – they are going through a lot of hardship right now and I know they have been coming to this tournament for many years and where Emily played some of her first junior tournaments, so it’s special moment to share with her and them.”

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This is the second consecutive year that Dart has finished as runner-up in the women’s doubles, having made the final with Heather Watson in 2023.

For the British star, it sets her up well heading into the Rothesay Classic Birmingham next week where she is due to play with fellow Brit Maia Lumsden.

“Congratulations to Erin and Gabi for a great match and this week,” Dart said. “Thanks to Diane for playing with me, it was our first time playing together and it was great fun. Big thanks to everyone who came to watch as well, I know there’s a lot going on Centre Court so it’s nice to have a big crowd.”

Dart came into the match as the only player who hadn’t played already on Sunday after Parry faced Karolina Pliskova in the singles semi-final and Dabrowski an Routliffe had to beat Ashlyn Krueger and Shuai Zhang to reach the final.

Despite losing their break advantage at the start of the match, Dart and Parry broke for a second time at 5-5 before closing out the opening set on a deuce deciding point.

Things often find a way of equalling themselves out in tennis, and so it proved in the second set. Dart and Parry missed out on two break point opportunities in the first game of the set and then lost a crucial deuce deciding point at 4-3 down to set up the match tie-break.

With nothing to split between the pair – Parry showed some great hands at the net at 8-8 to give the British. French duo the chance to see out the win. However, the experienced doubles partnership kept their nerve in the biggest moment – forcing some key errors as they clinched the last three consecutive points of the match.

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