Erakovic wins doubles title ahead of Wimbledon
Marina Erakovic has added another WTA title to her collection ahead of next week's Wimbledon.
The New Zealand No 1 and her Spanish partner, Arantxa Parra Santonja defeated the Netherlands' Michaella Krajicek and Kristina Mladenovic from France in the final, winning 0-6 7-6 10-8.
In a thrilling match, that lasted 1 hour 25 minutes, the New Zealand/Spanish combination fought back from being outclassed in the first set to win the title in a super tiebreak.
It is Erakovic's eighth WTA doubles title and first for over a year, while she also has one singles title to her name.
Meanwhile, Erakovic will face 16-year-old Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh in the first round of Wimbledon singles next week, after the draw was confirmed last night.
Konjuh, ranked 188 in the world, who spends much of her time in the second-tier of tennis, made her way into the Wimbledon main draw with three straight wins in qualifying this week.
Erakovic, ranked 66th, and Konjuh have never played each other, but the young Croatian player impressed many at the ASB Classic this year, where she knocked out the top seed Roberta Vinci in the first round.
She won three matches to make the Australian Open main draw, before doing out to Li Na in the first round, but failed to make the French Open main draw. Her best result this season was a semifinal finish at the Saint Gaudens ITF tournament.
Erakovic, who has an 11-15 singles record in 2014, had second-round exits at both the Australian and French Opens. She is 5-13 at WTA tournaments.
Grand slam winner Samantha Stosur of Australia or Belgian Yanina Wickmayer could await in the second round for Erakovic, while No 2 seed Na, 16th seed Caroline Wozniacki, sixth seed Petra Kvitova, Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens are also in her quarter of the draw.
With playing partner Parra Santonja, Erakovic will face 12th seeds Anabel Media Garrigues and Yaroslava Shvedova in the doubles first round at the All England Club.