Tennis: Erakovic happy to be in Rio

Marina Erakovic of New Zealand plays a forehand at the 2016 ASB Classic. Photo / Getty Images
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand plays a forehand at the 2016 ASB Classic. Photo / Getty Images

Marina Erakovic is open to a second trip to Rio de Janeiro this year but is refusing to make it a priority.

The Kiwi number one resumes her WTA season fighting for ranking points at the Rio Open early next week.

She's currently well off the pace in terms of an Olympic spot for later in the year but says it's not impossible she could be there.

Erakovic says it's not something she's focusing on right now and it's a matter of getting into the groove again.

The 27-year-old lost in first round qualifying in Melbourne, after a second round exit at Auckland's ASB Classic in her return from a knee injury layoff that ended her 2015 season early.

Erakovic says she's taking precautions in the wake of the Zika virus currently taking hold in Brazil, but the area she's in isn't thought to be too bad. He is happy to return to Rio if the status quo remains around the Zika virus.

The mosquito-borne virus has swept Brazil and led to Kenya, as well as US goalkeeper Hope Solo questioning their involvement in the Olympics later this year.

Erakovic says sometimes that sort of thing can be over-dramatised and if it stays like it is, it's fine.

- Radio Sport

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