Tennis: Erakovic makes first round exit in Italy

A 2009 NZPA file photo of Marina Erakovic.
A 2009 NZPA file photo of Marina Erakovic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic's comeback tennis tournament ended in Italy today.

She lost her first round match 3-6 6-3 4-6 to Italian wildcard Anna Floris at a $US100,000 ($NZ134,085) International Tennis Federation (ITF) indoor event at Ortisei.

Erakovic won three qualifying matches to make the main draw in her first tournament since a hip injury forced her off the circuit in March.

The 21-year-old reached a career-high 49th in the world rankings last year but the six-month layoff has seen that balloon to 240th.


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