Marina Erakovic's 6-2 6-4 loss to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova yesterday ended her match build up for the Olympics and she'll head to London in the next couple of days.
The defeat to the world No 14 in the second round of the WTA tournament in Carlsbad, California brought to a close Erakovic's fortnight trip to America which was in between appearances at Wimbledon, for the Grand Slam and Olympics.
During this time Erakovic made it to the second round of the singles both weeks and won the doubles tournament in Stanford.
"I would have liked to have done better in the singles for sure, but it's also been good preparation time," Erakovic said after yesterday's loss.
"The weather is really good, we have heaps of courts and I got some matches.
"Preparation wise it was a good move, going back to somewhere to train for a few weeks wouldn't really make sense.
"Going into London with some match under my belt will make me feel much better."
Erakovic will get almost a week of practice on the London grass before the Games but she says it's not hard to adjust between that and the hard courts in the States.
"Grass these days plays a lot like a hard court," she said.
"You are moving, stopping and starting like you are on a hard court, you're just getting down a bit lower because the bounce is lower, but it's more to do with the adjustment to time zone, that's the tricky thing."
The draw for the Olympics will be done on Thursday and while the matches will be played at familiar surroundings at Wimbledon, Erakovic says the tournament will have a different feel to it.
"I've seen some pictures of centre court and it has a pink background with the Olympic rings and ITF symbols.
"Centre court is still centre court, but there will be colour there now, which will make it interesting.
"It will still be the same players I see at most events, but I'm sure things will be organised a bit differently, practice courts, balls, drinks and things like that."
Meanwhile, Dan King-Turner has this morning won his way into the singles semi-finals at the US$50,000 Binghampton Challenger in New York.
King-Turner, who beat Robby Ginepri in the first round, is now on a run of nine consecutive singles victories after winning a match in qualifying then the title at the Saskatoon Futures last week.
In today's quarter-final match he beat American Rhyne Williams 6-4 7-6(3) in just under two and a half hours with 12 aces to his credit and two breaks of serve on his opponent.
In the semis King-Turner will face American Michael Yani who is ranked 261 in the world.
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