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Erakovic loses in Taiwan Open first round

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand. © Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.

Marina Erakovic has suffered her third successive first-round loss of the 2017 WTA season.

The New Zealand No.1, who has drawn a string of difficult opponents, went down 6-3 6-2 to French third seed Caroline Garcia at the Taiwan Open in Taipei City.

World 110th-ranked Erakovic won two qualifying matches in straight sets but had few answers to the world No.25.

Erakovic suffered early exits at the ASB Classic in Auckland and the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. On both occasions she lost to seventh-seeded opponents.

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