Marina Erakovic has finally broken through on the women's
tennis circuit, winning the Memphis WTA tournament this
afternoon for her first career singles victory.
Erakovic took the first set 6-1 in the final against Sabine
Lisicki before the German was forced to retire, handing the
New Zealand No 1 her maiden WTA title.
The 24-year-old has won seven doubles titles but, despite
making two previous finals including last year in Memphis,
she had never made it over the last hurdle.
That all changed today, though Lisicki's retirement will take
some gloss off the win. With Lisicki ranked No 40 in the
world to Erakovic's No 71, the German would have been
confident of claiming victory, especially after beating
Erakovic in three sets earlier this month.
But Erakovic is unlikely to have any complaints, becoming the
first Kiwi to win a WTA title since Belinda Cordwell in 1989.