Tennis: Erakovic loses final

Kiwi tennis No 1 Marina Erakovic. Photo / Getty
Kiwi tennis No 1 Marina Erakovic. Photo / Getty

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic has been beaten in straight sets in the fourth WTA tournament final of her career.

The sixth seeded Kiwi lost to Czech Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-3 in the Bell Challenge in Quebec.

Erakovic had her chances to win her second tournament of the year, following victory at February's U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, squandering five break point opportunities.

Despite the defeat, Erakovic is expected to rise around 15 places in the rankings to just outside the world's top 50.

The victory was Safarova's fifth career title and her first since 2008 for the world number 48.

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