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Erakovic loses in Hong Kong first round

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/10/2016

New Zealand tennis No.1 Marina Erakovic has lost a tense first-round match to Briton Heather Watson at the Hong Kong Open.

It took more than two hours for world No.75 Watson to beat 119th-ranked Erakovic 7-5 7-6, winning the second-set tiebreaker 11-9.

Erakovic, who won the pair's only previous clash three years ago, couldn't reproduce her dominant form from the tournament's qualifying stage, where she won both matches in straight sets.

She is through the second round of the doubles playing alongside China's Ling Zhang.

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