Erakovic advances at French Open doubles

DAVID LONG
Last updated 07:17 29/05/2014
Marina Erakovic
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WINNER: Marina Erakovic celebrates her first round doubles win at the French Open.

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Marina Erakovic and her Spanish partner Arantxa Parra Santonja have advanced to the second round of the doubles at the French Open.

The duo, who were the 16th seeds at the Paris grand slam, beat Klaudia Jans-Ignacik from Poland and Ukraine's Maryna Zanevska 7-6 6-4 overnight.

It took 58 minutes for Erakovic and Parra Santonja to win the first set, eventually taking the tiebreak 8-6, while the second set lasted 44 minutes.

Erakovic and Parra Santonja would meet Germans Kristina Barrois and Annika Beck in the next round.

Meanwhile, Erakovic would be on the second-biggest court at Roland Garros tonight when she faced Petra Kvitova in the singles on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

It would be a rare appearance for Erakovic on a show court at a grand slam as her matches were usually consigned to the small, outside courts.

However, playing against the fifth seed Czech had been deemed by the tournament organisers to be one of the best matches of the day.

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