Tennis: Erakovic beats world no.22

Marina Erakovic . Photo / Getty Images.
Marina Erakovic . Photo / Getty Images.

A flawless third set has seen Marina Erakovic advance into the third round of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham following victory over world number 22 Ekaterina Makarova this morning.

The world number 71 took the opening set in a tie break before Makarova, the tournament second seed, bounced back to force the match into a deciding third set.

Erakovic then took control of the match in the third set to win 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-0 in a little under two hours to reach the third round for the third straight year at the $US220,000 pre-Wimbledon grass court event.

Erakovic was up and down on her serve with 13 double faults, while recording eight aces, however she was able to convert six out of nine break points on Makarova's serve.

"She definitely is tricky and she plays well on all surfaces so this was really a very good win for me. I managed to stay aggressive and I kept going after my shots and it paid off," Erakovic said.

The New Zealander will face world no.45 and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone for a spot in the quarter-finals.

"Francesca is a great champion and a great competitor and she is all around solid so I'm really going to have to be at it against her."

Erakovic reached the semifinals of the singles at Birmingham in 2008.

She yesterday advanced to the doubles quarter-finals with partner Cara Black following a straight sets victory over Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson.

They will face second seeds Liezel Huber and Chan Hao-ching in the next round tonight.

- nzherald.co.nz

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