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Kiwi Daniell loses ATP doubles final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/05/2017

New Zealand doubles specialist Marcus Daniell has been denied a fourth ATP title, losing the final at a tournament in Lyon.

In his last match ahead of the French Open starting in Paris on Monday, Daniell and Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner lost a close battle 6-3 3-6 10-5 to Andres Molteni (Argentina) and Adil Shamasdin (Canada).

The 82-minute match capped a long week for Daniell, who will line up at Roland Garros for the clay court grand slam in a men's doubles draw comprising two other Kiwis - Michael Venus and Artem Sitak.

The doubles draw will be made on Monday.

Meanwhile, the only Kiwi in singles action is struggling women's world No.143 Marina Erakovic, who has drawn 55th-ranked American Shelby Rogers.

It is Erakovic's seventh French Open main draw appearance, with three previous visits ending in the first round. Her best outcome was a third-round exit in 2013.

Erakovic has lost all of her first-round WTA Tour matches this year and was fortunate the field for the French Open was dictated by rankings six weeks ago, when she made the cut at No.107.

Rogers, who reached the French Open quarter-finals last year, has won one of her two previous meetings with Erakovic.

The Kiwi's new coach, Wesley Whitehose, says the tournament presents a prime chance to turn her season around.

"Whenever you take over a new job you try to implement things you feel are better for that player and, for me, I felt Marina had lost what made her a great player, her ability to do certain things," he said.

He has been working hard on her serve and forehand, believing the latter is one of the best in the women's game when on song.

"She doesn't always use that as much as she could."

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