There will be a fourth New Zealand doubles player at Wimbledon next week.
23 year old Canadian based Kiwi Erin Routliffe has qualified for the main draw with her Chilean partner Alexa Guarachi.
They've beaten Russian Anna Kalinskaya and Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4 6-4 in 1 hr 20 in the second round of qualifying at Roehampton.
"We are so excited. We didn't even know we were going to get into qualifying so being in the main draw feels unbelievable. I just really can't wait to play," Routliffe said.
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Routliffe who started the year ranked 339 in doubles, has improved to 116 and she and Guarachi were the last acceptances into the qualifying draw.
"We stayed calm and aggressive the whole time. We knew they were a very good team and to win we had to play on our terms with first serves and big returns and we did that," Routliffe said.
She took a risk flying to London in a bid to make Wimbledon qualifying where her participation wasn't guaranteed but the gamble has now paid off big time.
Routliffe will be in the ladies doubles draw at the All England Club this weekend and joins Kiwi men Michael Venus, Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak in competing at the All England Club.
It will be Routliffe's debut Grand Slam appearance and is the pinnacle of what has been an incredible year on the doubles circuit for her having won 8 titles at ITF level.
Any run in the main draw at Wimbledon will see Routliffe quickly climb into the top 100.