After her dream came true in the form of a breakthrough
victory, it's back to the reality of the WTA tour for Marina
There were no wild celebrations after her win in Memphis on
Sunday and little time to reflect on the rankings boost -
just a flight to Florida for a week of training ahead of a
busy couple of months.
The last week may have been the high-point of the
24-year-old's career to date, but such is the life of an
athlete on the professional tennis circuit. Once one
tournament is ticked off, it's time to pack the bags and head
wherever the next action awaits.
For Erakovic, that means a training camp in the Sunshine
State before going to California for the prestigious Indian
Wells tournament early next month.
If Erakovic can continue her form at the most well-attended
tennis tournament outside of the four grand slams, she would
see her world ranking further improve while her bank balance
will also reap the benefits.
The Kiwi No 1 has a patchy record at Indian Wells, with her
opening-round loss last year her first appearance since 2009,
but she will head to Southern California in high spirits.
There is also one upside to that first round exit from 2012.
With the world rankings determined by a 52-week, cumulative
system, a player can enhance their ranking by improving on
their most recent result at a specific tournament.
As for financial incentive, just making the third round, for
example, would earn Erakovic a bigger cheque than the $48,000
winner's prize she received in Memphis.
Following Indian Wells, Erakovic faces the prospect of
another major tournament in Miami, where last year she made
the second round before being ousted by Yanina Wickmayer.
In April it's off to Charleston, the largest women-only
tournament in the world which also recruits the majority of
the top-ranked players. Erakovic enjoyed some success in
South Carolina last year, winning two matches en route to a
third-round defeat to Serena Williams.
It all makes for a hectic stretch for Erakovic, before the
clay court season starts in Europe, and one in which she will
be able to test her new game against some of the world's top
Erakovic credited some of her victory in Memphis to a change
of approach on the court, one that favoured power over
"I'm definitely trying to hit bigger shots, especially off my
forehand - make it a real weapon and dictate points," she
told Newstalk ZB. "And I'm trying to get more kilometres per
hour on my serve as well. If I keep doing that and I keep
improving, I tend to have more time and I tend to dominate on
Erakovic said she wasn't a regular watcher of the world
rankings, but she would have been pleased to experience a
nine-place jump to No 62 following her maiden title. Her
career high in No 39, something which she could approach with
favourable results in the following few tournament.