Kiwi Erakovic gets past first Wimbledon hurdle
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 8:09a.m.
New Zealand's top tennis player Marina Erakovic is into the second round at Wimbledon after a straight sets win over Poland's Urszula Radwanska.
The 49th-ranked Erakovic, ranked five places above the 21-year-old Radwanska, advanced with a 6-4 6-4 win over the in-form Pole.
The sister of world No.3 Agnieska had gone into Wimbledon after making two finals on grass this month, but Erakovic recovered from early breaks in both sets to set up a match against tournament 21st seed Roberta Vinci.
The 24-year-old Aucklander battled back from 2-4 down in the first set to win the next four games, and then recovered from an early break in the second set before breaking Radwanska in the 10th game of the set to seal the match.
Erakovic hit 35 winners, winning more than 75 per cent of the points at the net, and made just 15 unforced errors in the match which lasted 1hr 37min.
She also made the second round of the singles last year where she was knocked out by Daniela Hantuchova.
Her best individual performance at Wimbledon came in 2008 when she made the third round in 2008.
She teams up with doubles partner Tamarine Tanasugarn against the Chinese pair of Jie Zheng and Shuai Peng in the first round.
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