Erakovic crashes out in Wimbledon first round

BOUNCING BACK: Marina Erakovic has won a match for the first time since May.
BOUNCING BACK: Marina Erakovic has won a match for the first time since May.

Marina Erakovic has lost in the first round at Wimbledon, going down to 16-year-old Ana Konjuh from Croatia 6-3 4-6 6-0. It is the earliest Erakovic has gone out at Wimbledon since 2007, when she exited in the first round of qualifying and this result continues her poor recent run in singles.

The match against Konjuh, who was given a wildcard into this year's ASB Classic and knocked out top seed Roberta Vinci, lasted one hour 37 minutes and was played in front of a couple of hundred people on the small court six.

While the match ended so disastrously for Erakovic in the third set, it was a close contest in the first two.Erakovic held serve confidently in the first game, losing just one point. But two games later the New Zealander was broken as she put wide a forehand when down 15-40.

Erakovic's game is based around her big forehand but it was her young opponent who was more dominant in this area as she regularly ripped through winners on the fast grass court.

In the sixth game though Erakovic was back on level terms when Konjuh made an unforced error on her backhand, faced with the first break point against her.

However, that was as good as it got for Erakovic in the set as she was convincingly broken again in the next game and when facing a set point two games later was unable to get back a big crosscourt forehand from Konjuh.

Erakovic looked to mix things up in the second set and produced more backhand slices, which had the desired effect as she was able to go a break up in the fifth game.

There was one more break of serve to each player later in the set, which Erakovic eventually won when Konjuh put a low forehand into the net.

But the second set was a complete disaster for Erakovic as she was broken in the second game, which gave Konjuh all the confidence to steamroll her way through the rest of the match.

Later this week Erakovic will get her doubles campaign under way and together with Arantxa Parra Santonja from Spain, she'll take on the 12th seeds, Anabel Media Garrigues (also from Spain) and Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova.

Meanwhile, in the gentlemen's doubles New Zealand's Michael Venus and his partner from the USA, Bradley Klahn, have been drawn against the American duo of Donald Young and Austin Krajicek.