Erakovic returns home after thumb dislocation

Last updated 15:13 08/02/2013

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The New Zealand Fed Cup women's team has bounced back from the loss of Marina Erakovic to record an easy win it's third match at the Asia/Oceania Group 2 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The team beat Turkmenistan 3-0 without dropping a set as Emma Hayman defeated Guliahan Kadyrova 6-0 6-0 and Emily Fanning did the same in her match against Jahana Bayramova.

In the doubles Hayman and Abigail Guthrie won 6-4 6-1 over Anastasiya Prenko and Jenneta Halliyeva.

The team is without Kiw No 1 Marina Erakovic who is on her way home after dislocating her thumb when she slipped on the hotel floor.

Erakovic landed badly on her thumb, suffering what was suspected to be a break but later confirmed as a dislocation.

She is on her way home for treatment, a huge blow to New Zealand's chances at the Asia/Oceania Group II tournament in Astana.

That was soon highlighted when New Zealand lost 2-1 to Hong Kong. They now have two wins and one loss, though they still have a chance of finishing top of their pool of five teams if they win their remaining matches and Hong Kong lose one of their remaining contests.

The winners of New Zealand's pool will face the winner of the other pool with triumphant side gaining a spot in Asia/Oceania Group I for 2014.

Against Hong Kong, Emma Hayman played at No 2 but was defeated in straight sets, 6-2 6-2, by Katherine Ip, while Emily Fanning took the top singles spot but lost to Venise Chan, who is ranked 357 in the world, 6-1 3-6 6-1.

In the doubles Hayman and Abigail Guthrie won 7-6 6-4 over Chan and Ip.

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