Erakovic draws British qualifier in first round

Last updated 00:00 25/05/2013

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Marina Erakovic has been handed a good draw for the French Open and is up against Britain's Elena Baltacha in the first round.

Erakovic, who won her maiden WTA title in Memphis in February this year, has been in a barren patch since then, winning just one of her last seven singles matches.

Her ranking has slumped to 91 during this period but she should still be too good for the 29-year old Baltacha, who has a world ranking of 234 and had to battle through qualifying to make the main draw.

In their only previous meeting Baltacha won in three sets, but that was back in 2010. If Erakovic wins this match she will play the winner of the match between 16th seed Dominika Cibulkova from Slovakia and Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko.

Meanwhile, Erakovic posted another doubles win at the WTA tournament in Strasbourg last night when she and her partner Cara Black from Zimbabwe defeated the Polish pairing of Linette Magda and Piter Katarzyna 6-3 6-4 to advance to the semifinals.

Two weeks ago Erakovic and Black made it to the final in the prestigious Madrid Open and they will also team up at Roland Garros.

It is a combination that clearly seems to have clicked and they'll enter the French Open as one of the most feared doubles teams.

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