Erakovic into doubles final with Brit Watson

Last updated 13:01 25/08/2012

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Kiwi tennis player Marina Erakovic and her British doubles partner, Heather Watson have continued their good form as a team by winning their way into the finals of the US$220,000 WTA Texas Open in Dallas.

They defeated top seeded Czech pair Iveta Bensova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 67(5) 64 10-7 in the semifinals.

In the final they face Liga Dekmeijere(Latvia) and American Irina Falconi.

It is the second tournament together for Erakovic and Watson. In their first effort they won the title in Stanford in July. Erakovic has six WTA career titles to her credit.

At the US$10,000 Futures in Guayaquil,  Ecuador, Finn Tearney from Wellington has had his run come to an end.   

Tearney won through qualifying and then defeated local wildcard Andres Cabezas 6-0 6-2 in the first round before accounting fourth seed Sergio Galdos of Peru ranked at 597 in the world in straight sets 7-6(8) 6-1.

In the quarterfinals the Wellington 21-year-old who attends Pepperdine University in Malibu lost to eighth seed Roberto Quiroz(Ecuador) 6-2 6-3.

In doubles Tearney and his University teammate, Alex Llompart(Puerto Rico) defeated the Chilean and Brazilian pair of Vincent Bronstein and Andre Napolitano 6-2 6-0 in the quarterfinals before they were beaten in the semifinals by Sergio Galdos(Peru) and Jose Hernandez(Dominican Republic) 6-1 6-2

Tearney will earn an ATP singles and doubles ranking as a result of his performances so far.

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