Erakovic fit and ready for ASB Classic
Kiwi number one Marina Erakovic is confident she is ready for the ASB Classic which starts in Auckland next week.
Erakovic was handed a main draw wildcard into the Auckland tournament, but has not played since the US Open in September due to a troublesome knee injury.
Erakovic is pleased with her progress in recovery and training in the lead up to the ASB Classic and is is hopeful that her knee will stand the test, but she is ready to get some match play under her belt.
The 27-year old has enjoyed training at home over the last few months but said recovery has been a step by step process and is realistic with her expectations.
“The tournament will be another test for my knee, it’s different to just practicing. The number one priority is keeping my knee healthy, getting into match play and winning points. I’ll take it one match at a time, if I can play some good tennis I’ll be happy.”
“The last three or four weeks have been a lot more tennis intensive, the knee has been holding up well and I’m moving 100%. So far, so good.” Erakovic said.
Erakovic is looking forward to making some gains over the 2016 season as her current ranking is sitting at 135 in the world, her career high ranking was 39 back in May 2012.
The New Zealander enjoys playing in front of the home crowd “It’s special to play here in front of fans, friends and family. I enjoy it more as the years go by.”
Erakovic’s best result at the ASB Classic came in 2008 where she reached the semi-finals but her target in 2016 is to have no issues with her knee throughout the Auckland tournament.
She will also team up with Spaniard Sílvia Espinosa in the women's doubles.
The ASB Classic women's main draw will be played from 4 to 9 January at the ASB Tennis Arena in Auckland.