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Erakovic out of Classic in first-round

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/01/2017 Angelo Risso

Marina Erakovic plays a forehand shot in her match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day two of the ASB Classic. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Marina Erakovic plays a forehand shot in her match against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia on day two of the ASB Classic. Kiwi tennis player Marina Erakovic has crashed out of the ASB Classic, thumped 6-1, 6-2 on home soil by Latvian teen Jelena Ostapenko.

The 28-year-old was barely in the hunt against her much younger opponent, winning less than half of her 63 service points and making four double-faults.

Erakovic was broken in her first two service games in the first set and, after losing the first set 6-1, rallied to win the first two games of the second.

But the Aucklander couldn't sustain her small slice of momentum, losing six games on the trot to fall 6-1, 6-2 in 69 minutes.

The seventh-seed Ostapenko, 19, will now go on to play Croatian player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round.

It's the first time in three years that Erakovic, ranked 105th, has failed to make it through the Classic first round.

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