Kiwi Erakovic fights back into second round

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:02 26/06/2013
Marina Erakovic
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GETTING THROUGH: Marina Erakovic hit 12 aces and 40 winners as she got past Japan's Ayumi Morita in the first round at Wimbledon.

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Marina Erakovic is through to the second round at Wimbledon after beating her nemesis Ayumi Morita.

Morita had won six of the seven matches between the two players and this was another tight contest, with Erakovic triumphing 4-6 6-0 7-5 in a match that lasted one hour 48 minutes.

Erakovic served an impressive 12 aces over the match, compared to just one from her Japanese opponent and only once had her service broken.

She was her usual aggressive self in the points, hitting 40 winners and making 34 unforced errors.

In the second round Erakovic will play China's Peng Shuai, who defeated the Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-2 in the first round.

They have played each other once before, with Peng winning a tight three-set match on the grass at Birmingham two years ago.

The 27-year-old Peng is the 24th seed at Wimbledon and has made it to the fourth round the past two years at this grand slam, while Erakovic's best is a third round appearance back in 2008.

However, Erakovic is in a rich vein of form currently. She made it to the third round at Roland Garros a few weeks ago and grass is her favourite surface.

Peng, who plays two-handed from both sides, is a defensive type player so again Erakovic will look to be the aggressor and if she is able to hit more winners than make unforced errors, while getting in a high percentage of first serves then she has a good chance of making it through to the final 32 at Wimbledon.

If that's the case, Erakovic will play the winner of the match between Britain's great hope Laura Robson and Colombia's Mariana Duque Marino.

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