Marina Erakovic has lost her quarter-final match against Sabine Lisicki in the WTA tournament in Pattaya, Thailand.
The New Zealand No 1 went down 5-7, 6-3 6-2 to the tournament’s fifth seed, losing in 2 hours 18 minutes.
While it was disappointing to lose to the German, who she beat in their last meeting eight months ago, Erakovic has produced her best tennis of the year so far to win her two previous matches and she’ll go onto next week’s Fed Cup tournament in Kazakhstan in good form.
Ultimately, it was Erakovic’s inability to hold serve that cost her the match against Lisicki, but her serve didn’t look like being an issue early in the match.
The first 10 games went with serve without either player getting as much as a break point.
But with Lisicki serving in the 11th game Erakovic won four straight points to put her in a position to serve for the set.
The New Zealander did this despite serving a double fault and being a set up it put her in with an excellent opportunity to take the match.
However, the second set started with Erakovic dropping her serve three times and Lisicki twice and the German was able to hold that lead all of the way through to the end of the set.
Lisicki broke in the third game of the final set and Erakovic had two break points three games later, but she couldn’t convert either of them and with those missed opportunities went her last chance of winning the match.
Despite the loss, Erakovic will still pick up 70 ranking points from her time in Pattaya which should lift her up from her current position of 75 to around 69.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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