Marina Erakovic wasn't too downhearted yesterday as she bowed out of the Texas Open in Dallas, losing 6-4 7-6 to South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers.
The two and a half hour second round match was her last competitive hit-out before next week's US Open and Erakovic said she feels like she's playing well heading into the final grand slam of the year, believing that this match was better than her first round win over Britain's Anne Keothavong.
"It was very tight, I definitely had my chances in the first set and I played better than I did yesterday," Erakovic said.
"Chanelle played solid throughout the match and unfortunately I wasn't able to capitalise on some of those chances.
"But it's alright, I am playing better than I was a week ago and I'm hitting quite a few balls over here, so it's good preparation for the Open."
Erakovic did have good opportunities to take the second set, she was up 5-3 and serving for it and had a set point in the next came, but on each occasion she couldn't get across the line.
Erakovic got in just 48 per cent of her first serves and was broken on six occasions, Scheepers was broken five times and got in 67 per cent of her first serves.
The New Zealand No 1 admits that she'd like to get her serving better in New York.
"I was struggling with my serve, especially my first serve," she said.
"It's something that I'll look to work on for next week and see if I can get it better."
Although Erakovic's participation in the singles is over, she is still in the doubles and today she and her partner Heather Watson from Britain will play the Americans Jennifer Elie and Asia Muhammed in the second round.
Erakovic confirmed that she will also play with Watson in the doubles at the US Open.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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