Tennis: Erakovic out of doubles in Melbourne

Marina Erakovic has had her second first-round exit at the Australian Open in three days, after losing her opening doubles match with partner Heather Watson today.

The New Zealander and the Brit fell in straight sets to ninth seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic 6-4 6-0.

The defeat means Erakovic has gone five straight years of being knocked out in the first round of the doubles in Melbourne.

The Kiwi No1 was ousted in the singles on Monday after going down to French opponent Alize Cornet 7-5 6-7(3) 10-8.