25 May 2013

Erakovic reaches doubles final in Strasbourg

6:14 am on 25 May 2013

The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic and her Zimbabwean doubles partner Cara Black have won through to the final of the Strasbourg International tournament.

The pair won their semi-final match against a German-Ukranian pairing after a marathon 20 game third set.

Erakovic and Black lost the first set 5-7 won the second 6-0 and had to battle to 11-9 to win the third and progress to the final.

They will play Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and South Africa's Chanelle Scheepers for the title tomorrow.

Erakovic has been drawn to meet Britain's Elena Baltacha in the first round of the French Open, starting in Paris on Sunday night.