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Player - Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic

NZL | Rank: 105
BirthplaceSplit, Croatia
Tournament entry ranking105
Highest singles ranking39 (07-MAY-2012)
Year turned proPro (2006)
Height5' 9" (1.74 m)
Weight148 lbs. (67 kg)
YTD wins0
YTD loses0
YTD titles won0
Career titles1
Career prize money$2,428,157
New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic has been awarded a wildcard for the women’s tournament in 2017. The 28-year-old returns to Auckland hungry to go deep in the draw and do kiwi fans proud. She has played the ASB Classic 11 times and reached the second round six times and the semi-finals in 2007. “I am very happy to receive the wildcard for the ASB Classic. This tournament means a lot to me and to play again in front of my home crowd in 2017 is just as exciting as the first time I stepped out onto that centre court, which was a long, long time ago!” said Erakovic. “We are thrilled to be able to offer Marina a chance to play in front of her home crowd. She has been far and away our best singles player for some time and her consistency over several years to stay at the top of tennis has been impressive,” said Tournament Director Karl Budge. Erakovic is still building back from a 2015 injury but is making changes after 10 years on the tour. She has replaced her Spanish coach Eduardo Nicolas with South African born New Zealander Wesley Whitehouse. This will be their first tournament together on home soil. “She is working hard at her game with Wesley and we have seen her go deep at tournaments at our level around the world and here before. I hope we can see the best of her again in 2017,” said Budge. She pushed back in 2016 with some impressive results in Morocco and at Wimbledon. The Aucklander won seven consecutive matches to work her way through qualifying to the final of Rabat in April. She lost at the final hurdle to world no. 15 Timea Bacsinszky. She impressed again at her favourite Grand Slam – Wimbledon. She pushed through qualifying, making the third round and beating former world number one Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 7-6, 8-6 on her way. It was her best result at a Grand Slam since 2013. “Off-season prep for 2017 has been different to most years for me. I have played some events much later within this year and I think this has been good for me in terms of match fitness leading into the new season. The main thing for me is that I am healthy, training well, and very much looking forward to a fresh start in 2017,” said the New Zealand number one. Erakovic is the most successful New Zealand tennis player on Tour in two decades. She has amassed nearly USD$2.5 million in prize money and won a WTA singles title in Memphis in 2013. She is the first New Zealander to win a WTA title since Belinda Cordwell in 1989.

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