In a match that lasted two and a half hours and was spread over two days, Marina Erakovic and Tamarine Tanasugarn have lost their doubles third round at Wimbledon.
Erakovic and Tanasugarn lost 3-6 6-2 5-7 in a tight contest to the fifth seeded Russian pair, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.
The contest had started the previous night but was suspended at 3-2 to Erakovic and Tanasugarn in the first set. However when the match resumed under threatening skies last night it was the Russians who started well reeling off the next five games in a row, taking the set 6-3 and winning the first game of the second set before the Kiwi and Thai combination managed a game on the scoreboard to level at 1-1.
The rain then started to fall again and players left the court in what was another frustrating day with the weather.
Eventually when they returned to court 15 Erakovic and Tanasugarn who reached the semis of the doubles at Wimbledon last year were able to wrap up the second set 6-2 while in the final set there was little separating the combinations as the scorline suggested.
In total Erakovic and Tanasugarn won 91 points to the Russians 89 points but that wasn’t quite enough with the Russians winning the final set 7-5.
Erakovic will now travel to the USA for two WTA events before returning to London to prepare for the Olympics.
Fellow Kiwi Emily Fanning and Ukrainian, Oleksandra Korashvili first round Wimbledon Junior doubles against Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) and Donna Vekic (Croatia) is scheduled for 3pm Wednesday local time (2am NZ time Thursday).