Tennis: Erakovic makes Madrid final

By Kris Shannon

Maria Erakovic. Photo / File
Maria Erakovic. Photo / File

New Zealand tennis No 1 Marina Erakovic has teamed up with Zimbabwe's Cara Black to reach the doubles final at the Madrid Masters.

Erakovic and Black, the former doubles world No 1, defeated Spanish pair Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-3 in the semifinals overnight (NZT).

Erakovic, who has seven career WTA doubles titles to her credit, has stated that she's enjoying being the junior partner and just doing what she's told on court. And that strategy seems to be working, with the pair set to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) and Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) in the final.

Meanwhile, Rubin Statham and Indonesian doubles partner Christopher Rungkat have been defeated in the semifinals of the US$125,000 challenger tournament in Kunming, China.

Statham and Rungkat were beaten by Japanese pair Go Soeda and Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-5 1-6 10-8. Statham is currently at a career high doubles ranking of 161.


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