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Erakovic into Wimbledon third round

NZN 30/06/2016

Marina Erakovic has stunned former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Erakovic, ranked 153rd in the world, downed the Serbian 22nd seed 4-6 7-6 8-6 in a match lasting a shade over two-and-a-half hours.

The 28-year-old New Zealander hit 46 winners in the rain-delayed second round match to set up an encounter with 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro on Saturday.

She is now guaranteed STG80,000 ($NZ151,300) for reaching the third round.

"The last couple of weeks have been great. I'm playing good tennis. I had a bit of a rusty start and chipped away and then found my rhythm," Erakovic said.

Jankovic, who was the world's top ranked player in 2008, had won the previous match between the pair at the French Open that year.

Erakovic only made the main draw at Wimbledon after winning three qualifying matches, and is in the last 32 at the grand slam in southwest London for a third time.

The 28-year-old managed to get 80 per cent of her first serves in and converted six of her seven break points again the 31-year-old Jankovic.

The Serbian set up 14 break points but failed to make the most of her chances and converted just six of them.

Erakovic played world No.12 Suarez Navarro twice in 2013 with the matches evenly split.

"Against Carla I have to play my game and just focus on myself. She's had good results on grass and hard court, not just clay."

In men's doubles, 16th seeds Michael Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic won their first round match beating Australian Chris Guccione and Brazil's Andre Sa 7-6 6-3.

But the other Kiwis in the doubles draw exited with Marcus Daniell and American Brian Baker going down to the 13th seeds, Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 6-7 3-6.

Artem Sitak and Austrian Julian Knowle lost to Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner and Pakistan's Aisam Qureshi 7-6 6-3.

Venus contests the first round of the mixed doubles with Argentine Maria Irigoyen on Saturday, while Sitak is partnered with German Laura Siegemund.

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