Erakovic through to semi-finals in Memphis

DAVID LONG
Last updated 08:44 22/02/2013

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Marina Erakovic is through to the semi-finals of the WTA tournament in Memphis after beating American Jamie Hampton 7-5 6-2 today.

The win further cements Memphis as her best tournament on the circuit as this is the third time in her career that she has reached the semi-finals. Tomorrow she will go up against Stefanie Voegele from Switzerland for a place in Sunday's final.

Voegele defeated Erakovic's doubles partner, Heather Watson, 6-1 6-2 earlier today.

The win for Erakovic over Hampton was a big turnaround from the last time they met, at the ASB Classic last month, when Erakovic lost 6-1 7-6 and this result indicates just how well the New Zealander is playing at the moment.

It took until the 12th game of the opening set for Erakovic to get the first, and decisive, break of serve. She was broken early in the second set but was able to get the break straight back and then went on to break twice more to end up taking the match with relative ease over 1 hour 24 minutes.

In Erakovic's last two matches in Memphis she has been the underdog, but she should start as favourite for the semi-final.

Erakovic is ranked 71, compared to Voegele at 81 and she's won her previous two meetings against the Swiss. Both of those matches were on clay and were straight set wins for her.

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