Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski wins U.S. Open women’s doubles title

Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski takes part in practice for the Billie Jean King Cup tennis qualifiers against Belgium, in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, April 11, 2023. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Ottawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Erin Routliffe of New Zealand won the women’s doubles championship at the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The pair took home the title with a 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 win over the German duo of Laura Siegemund and Vera Zvonareva at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Dabrowski became Canada’s first Grand Slam champion since Bianca Andreescu won the U.S. Open women’s singles title in 2019. It is also the first-ever women’s doubles Grand Slam title won by a Canadian.

Dabrowski had previously won mixed doubles crowns at the Australian Open in 2018 and the French Open in 2017. 

Routliffe was born in New Zealand, but grew up in Caledon, Ont., and she previously competed for Canada.

The 16th-seeded Dabrowski and Routliffe saved five break points in the first set, including four in the fifth game en route to a tiebreaker.

They took an early 4-0 lead and held off the 12th-seeded Siegemund and Zvonareva for an 11-9 decision to take the first set.

Dabrowski and Routliffe started quickly in the second set when they broke their opponents their first two times serving.

Siegemund and Zvonareva countered with a break of their own, but Dabrowski and Routliffe remained in control and saw out the set with another break to lift the trophy.

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