Marina Erakovic books date with No 5 seed

ROUND ONE WINNER: Marina Erakovic has advanced to the second round at the French Open.
ROUND ONE WINNER: Marina Erakovic has advanced to the second round at the French Open.

Kiwi tennis ace Marina Erakovic is through to the second round of the French Open after outclassing Ukrainian opponent Nadiya Kichenok 6-2 6-1 in Paris overnight. 

Erakovic, the world No 61, took just 33 minutes to win the first set before needing another 26 to close out the match. 

Her 22-year-old rival entered the year's second major ranked 115th in the world. 

Last year, Erakovic recorded her best finish at Roland Garros, exiting in the third round. 

But with a second round clash against No 5 seed, Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, looming, she will have to be at her best to match last year's heroics.

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