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Muguruza too strong for Erakovic

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/01/2017

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic hits a return against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their women's singles first round match on day one of the Australian Open. © WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images New Zealand's Marina Erakovic hits a return against Spain's Garbine Muguruza during their women's singles first round match on day one of the Australian Open. New Zealand tennis No.1 Marina Erakovic has been beaten 7-5 6-4 by world No.7 Garbine Muguruza in the first round of the Australian Open.

The current French Open champion, 23-year-old Muguruza of Spain took one hour 37 minutes to shake off a stubborn Erakovic on the showcourt Margaret Court Arena.

The pair had met once previously, two years ago in the first round of the Australian Open, where Muguruza won 7-5 6-0.

Erakovic is the only New Zealander in singles play in Melbourne, although three Kiwis will contest the men's doubles in various combinations.

Marcus Daniell and Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner face Argentina's Guillermo Duran and Joao Sousa of Portugal, while fellow New Zealander Michael Venus and Swedish partner Robert Lindstedt meet German duo Andre Bermann and Jan-Lennard Struff.

Artem Sitak is the third Kiwi in action, combining with American Nicholas Monroe to play James Cerretani (US) and Philipp Oswald of Austria.

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