15 Jan 2013

Erakovic beaten in first round

4:15 am on 15 January 2013

The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has been beaten Frenchwoman Elize Cornet in their first round singles match at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Cornet won the first set 7-5, Erakovic took the second in a tie-break, and Cornet the third 10-8.

Both players struggled to hold their serve with Erakovic having a chance to win in straight sets.

Cornet will next play 25th seed Venus Williams of the United States in the second round.

Erakovic is also playing doubles.