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Erakovic remains in Wimbledon hunt

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017 Angelo Risso
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand © Getty Images/Hannah Peters Marina Erakovic of New Zealand

Kiwi tennis player Marina Erakovic has advanced to Wimbledon's second round of qualifying with a rain-delayed 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Amra Sadikovic.

Erakovic, New Zealand's No.1 female tennis player, did it the hard way against her Swiss opponent after the heavens opened over Roehampton on Tuesday (local time), delaying proceedings.

Once the pair got onto the court on Wednesday, a see-sawing match ensued - with Erakovic giving up five straight games to lose the first set, before rallying to snare the closely-fought second.

The 29-year-old then did the business when it mattered to dominate the third set and secure the match against an injured Sadikovic.

"I knew, going into the match, (that) it was going to be tough - I know her, I played her four of five years ago on grass," the world No.129 Erakovic said.

"I was bit nervous in the first set, I think everybody is in the first round.

"But I managed to chip away, slowly regain my composure, and really fight hard.

"I'll pat myself on the back."

She'll now progress to play 21-year-old Swedish player Rebecca Peterson, the world No.172, in Thursday's second round of qualifiers.

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