Outclassed Erakovic exits with little fight

19:14, Jan 02 2013
Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina stretches to hit a backhand during her first round win over Eugenie Bouchard.
Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe in action during her first round match with Eleni Daniilidou.
Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard in action in her first round match against Elena Vesnina.
Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou hits a forehand return during her match against Coco Vandeweghe.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova plays a forehand during her first round match against Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens celebrates her victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, right, and Heather Watson of Great Britain play against Paige Mary Hourigan and Claudia Williams of New Zealand in their first round doubles match.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's  Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Johanna Larsson
Johanna Larsson from Sweden beat second seed Julia Goerges in the second round.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic from New Zealand battles to stay in the match in the first set of her second round match against Jamie Hampton.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer serves during her quarter-final clash with Kirsten Flipkens.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel hits a forehand during her quarter-final win over Johanna Larsson.
Johanna Larsson
The look on Johanna Larsson's face says it all she loses her quarter-final clash with Mona Barthel.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand in her quarter final match against Elena Vesnina of Russia.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer stretches to hit a forehand during her semifinal win over Mona Barthel.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel during her semifinal against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer celebrates after booking her place in the final.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her semifinal against Jamie Hampton.
Jamie Hampton
Jamie Hampton in her semifinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland during the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Yanina Wickmayer in action during the final of the ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska with the ASB Classic trophy.
ASB Classic
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland on her way to winning against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.

Marina Erakovic made a deflating, passive exit from the ASB Classic yesterday.

In front of her home crowd, the New Zealand No 1 wanted more than a sluggish 6-1 7-6 (7-5) defeat to impressive but inexperienced American Jamie Hampton.

Other than a fleeting second set fightback, where she saved three match points and sparked hopes of a prolonged revival, Erakovic was outclassed by Hampton, ranked four places below her at 70th in the world. "I had a lot of chances through that second set.

"It definitely hurts," Erakovic conceded after her first tournament in three months.

It was a case of new year, same problems for the Kiwi hopeful.

There were promising signs - optimism even - after her first win at the Auckland tournament since 2009. In her first-round victory, Erakovic displayed a refreshing willingness to attack with aggression. That, however, quickly deserted her and she returned to type on centre court.

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On a number of occasions, Erakovic was caught flatfooted; her backhand failed to fire; a weak, inconsistent first serve allowed Hampton to hit 21 clean winners; but slow and limited foot movement was the major issue.

"Today was more to do with the feet than anything else," Erakovic said. "It was slow and I couldn't get around as many balls as I'd like to. I tried to get it going.

"Sometimes if you get a few rallies going, it's a bit easier but I had no rhythm, especially that first set - it just flew by. Sometimes your body doesn't do what your mind is telling you to."

Hampton, who will meet the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens in today's quarterfinals, was supremely confident after taking out last year's champion, Zheng Jie, in her opening match. The 22-year-old strolled through the first set in 27 minutes.

It was a demolition job.

While she had to work a little harder to seal the one-sided win, there were no fears Hampton would lose. After some early encouragement, even local supporters lost their enthusiasm and Erakovic hinted she may consider expressing her personality - incorporating the odd fist pump - to maintain their involvement next time. Sometimes I act a little differently here. I just plod along because don't quite know what to expect; I want to please the crowd but I don't want to overdo it."

Erakovic wasn't the only notable casualty yesterday.

Inother matches, German second seed Julia Goerges struggled in the heat and crashed out, losing a three-set match 7-5 6-7 (7-1) 6-3 to Swedish challenger Johanna Larsson, who booked a spot against eighth seed Mona Barthel today.

Goerges struggled for much of the draining contest. The world No 18 is again suffering with sickness but Larsson could not resist a friendly jibe. "I could definitely hear her coughing. It seems to me she is always having something.

"She always goes with the tissue," Larsson said. "It doesn't matter what tournament we are at."

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska made quick work of her match, beating Simona Halep 6-3 6-1.

Yanina Wickmayer, the 2010 champion, beat Romani Oprandi (6-3 6-2) to set up an all-Belgian quarterfinal with Kirsten Flipkens.

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