Erakovic upsets 24th seed Peng at Wimbledon
Marina Erakovic has moved into the third round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2008 after defeating the grand slam's 24th seed Peng Shaui 7-6 6-2.
The win against China's Peng continues Erakovic's strong run of form over the past couple of months as she continues to play at a consistently high level.
Peng rarely ventured from the baseline over the match, playing her usual defensive style. But it meant that Erakovic was able to take control of the points, first by moving Peng out wide, then unleashing a big forehand to the other side of the court.
The win means Erakovic will pick up at least 280 ranking points from Wimbledon, she was defending 160 because she made the second round last year, but the additional 120 points means she should jump up around 10 places from her current ranking of 71.
There was little between the two players early in the opening set and the first break points didn't come until Erakovic was serving at 4-5. Peng had three of them, but each time Erakovic stepped up to take the point and the set went into a tiebreak.
From Erakovic's second set point, when up 7-6, she hit a superb backhand slice down the line to moving into a dominant position in the match.
Erakovic broke in the second game of the next set and despite having a nasty fall when doing a split step in the first point of the third game, she dusted herself down and moved into a 3-0 lead.
Light rain began to fall as Erakovic moved to 4-1 and it would have been unfortunate for her if the players had to leave the court at this point as the momentum was all her way.
But with Peng serving at 2-5, Erakovic had three match points and from the third Peng hit a backhand too long to signal the start of jubilant celebrations from the New Zealanders among the large crowd on court two.
In the third round Erakovic will play the winner of the match between Britain's Laura Robson and Mariana Duque-Marino from Colombia.