28 Jun 2016

Erakovic wins first up at Wimbledon

7:25 am on 28 June 2016

The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has shown plenty of grit to win her first round match at Wimbledon in a clash which took two hours and 33 minutes.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in action. 2014.

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in action. 2014. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 28-year-old won 4-6 6-3 10-8 over her American opponent Irina Falconi with multiple breaks of serve at the end of the third set making the result uncertain until Erakovic forced her opponent to make a backhand error to seal the match.

Overall Erakovic had less unforced errors than Falconi with 35 compared to the American's 49 and gained five service breaks out of 14 opportunities.

It's the first win for Erakovic in a Grand Slam singles match since the US Open in 2014.

Erakovic will play either former world number one Jelena Jankovic of Serbia or Swiss player Stefanie Voegele in the second round.