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Erakovic eases through Hawaii first round

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/11/2016

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic faces a testing second-round match at the Hawaii Open in Honolulu after easing through her opener.

World No.107 Erakovic beat lowly-ranked American Danielle Lao 6-3 6-4 to begin what will be her final tournament of the year.

Next up is Chinese top seed Zheng Shuai, who sits on a career-high 23rd in the world rankings.

Erakovic is coming off a run to the semi-finals at last week's Taipei Open.

She was confirmed this week as having secured a wildcard entry for the ASB Classic in Auckland in January.

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