Tough task for Erakovic at the Australian Open

DAVID LONG
Last updated 13:22 10/01/2014

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New Zealand's Marina Erakovic will play Sorana Cirstea of Romania in the first round of the Australian Open.

Erakovic was unlucky to get drawn against a seed in the first round and will play the match on Monday or Tuesday.

Cirstea is the 21st seed for the first grand slam of the year. They have played against each other just once, on the clay in Fes, Morocco, in 2008 with Cirstea winning 2-6 6-3 6-2.

Erakovic has lost her last three singles matches and last four in doubles.

However, Cirstea's form is even worse. She lost in the first round in Auckland and Sydney this year and also failed to win a match in her last two tournaments of 2013.

Erakovic is playing in the doubles at the Australian Open with Zheng Jie, of China, while New Zealand's Michael Venus is playing in the doubles with Indian Yuki Bhambri.

The doubles draws will be done on Monday.

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- Fairfax Media

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