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Erakovic ousted from second-tier event

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

New Zealand tennis No.1 Marina Erakovic has come back down to earth with an early exit from a second-tier ITF tournament in Slovakia.

Erakovic lost her first round match at the Slovak Open in Trnava 6-4 6-2 to Poland's Paula Kania, a player ranked 22 spots below the No.135 New Zealander.

It comes a week after Erakovic reached the final of a WTA clay court tournament in Rabat, Morocco, ending a run of lean results.

Erakovic heads to Paris next week to attempt to qualify for the French Open.

She has automatically started in the main draw at the five previous editions of the tournament.

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