New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic has been defeated in the second round of singles but went on to win her first round doubles at Wimbledon overnight.
Erakovic, 24 years of age and ranked 49th in the world lost to the world number 23 Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4 6-3 in a match which took 1hour 16 minutes in total on court five in temperatures of around 27 degrees.
The Kiwi started the match well by winning her serve to love, but Vinci who has six career singles titles to her credit won her own serve easily in the next game and broke Erakovic in the third game and held her serve in the fourth to go ahead 3-1.
Erakovic won her own serve to love again and broke back to level the scores at 3-3. Vinci broke back and held her own serve to race to a 5-3 lead. Erakovic gained one more game back before the 29-year-old Vinci finished off the set with a service game 6-4 in just over 30 minutes.
While the first set started well for Erakovic, in the second she dropped her serve and Vinci held to make the score 2-0. Both players then held serve before Erakovic was able to fight back to break Vinci’s serve and make the score 3-3. As so often is the case, one break previews another and Erakovic quickly found herself down 3-4 with Vinci then holding serve and breaking Erakovic for the match 6-3.
Following the singles, Erakovic and partner Thai player Tamarine Tanasugarn won their first round doubles 6-2 6-2 against Chinese pair of Jie Zheng and Shuai Peng who beat Erakovic and her partner Monica Niculescu in the second round at the French Open just over a month ago.
Erakovic and Tanasugarn take on Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Alicja Rosolska of Poland in the second round. It is a repeat of last year’s second round contest with Erakovic and Tanasugarn winning and went on to reach the semi-finals.
Their second round match is first up at 11.30am local time (10.30pm Friday NZ time). You can follow live scoring on Wimbledon website
Marina is also featured on the WTA website