Marina Erakovic will take on world No 40 Alize Cornet in
the first round of the Australian Open, with the reward for the
winner a likely meeting with former world No 1 Venus Williams
in the second round.
Erakovic, who is ranked 67, has twice made the second round
of the Australian Open in three appearances, including last
year, but is hoping to go deeper in the grand slams. Her best
result at a grand slam tournament is the third round at
Wimbledon (2008, 2011).
She has vowed to play with more power in 2013 but was ousted
from last week's ASB Classic in the second round by American
Erakovic has played Cornet once, with the Frenchwoman winning
in straight sets at the 2010 ASB Classic.
The Kiwi No 1 is expected to team up with Great Britain's
Heather Watson in the doubles, with the draw being made this
weekend. Erakovic and Watson have won two of the three WTA
tournaments they have played together but were beaten last
week by ASB Classic winners Cara Black and Anastasia
Rodionova in the quarter-finals.