Marina Erakovic defeats Naomi Broady in Miami qualifying

Marina Erakovic is one win away from making the main draw in Miami.
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Marina Erakovic is one win away from making the main draw in Miami.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic has defeated Naomi Broady 7-5 6-4 in the first round of qualifying in Miami.

The tournament is one of the biggest outside of the Grand Slams and is a mandatory event for all the players to play in.

It was a tough, gruelling match for Erakovic and one that lasted one hour 46 minutes.

Erakovic is ranked 107 in the world and needs to pick up ranking points over the next couple of months to assure her of a spot in the main draw for Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

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The tall Broady, who made it through qualifying to reach the quarterfinals at the ASB Classic last year, was always going to be a tricky opponent.

However Erakovic was able to serve well, getting in 63 per cent of her first serves, and win the crucial points.

Broady, who is ranked 122, was only able to convert two of her seven break points, while Erakovic triumphed in four of the nine that she had.

Erakovic picks up $4075 of prize money for the victory and plays Francoise Abanda from Canada in the final round of qualifying.

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Abanda, who is ranked 175, upset world No 80 Nao Hibino 7-5 6-3 from Japan in her qualifying match.

 - Stuff

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