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Erakovic out of Australian Open after doubles loss

Last updated 15:05 17/01/2013
Marina Erakovic plays a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet of France.
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HEARTBREAKER: Marina Erakovic plays a backhand during her match against Alize Cornet of France.

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Marina Erakovic's involvement at the Australian Open has come to an end as she and her partner, Heather Watson, lost 6-4 6-0 to the ninth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld from Germany and the Czech Republic's Kveta Peschke today.

Their first round doubles match out on court 11 lasted 1 hour 14 minutes and was played in 37 degree heat, which resulted in one ball kid fainting and having to be replaced just before the end.

The match started with three games going against the serve before Peschke was able to hold hers.

In the 10th game, with Groenefeld serving, there were three break points to the New Zealand/Guernsey combo before the opposition took the set and it all went rapidly downhill from there.

The second set can only be described as ugly.

From the moment Watson dropped serve in the first game, to when Erakovic framed a return over her head on match point, they were never in the contest, while playing without pressure Groenefeld and Peschke steamrolled through every game.

Erakovicwill play at the WTA tournament in Pattaya City the week before she plays in the Fed Cup, playing for New Zealand in Kazakhstan with Emily Fanning, Emma Hayman and Abigail Guthrie from February 4-10.

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