30 Jun 2017

Erakovic one win away from Wimbledon main draw

6:30 am on 30 June 2017

The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic is one win away from making the main draw at Wimbledon.

Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Erakovic has beaten Rebecca Peterson of Sweden in straight sets 6-1 7-5 in the second round of qualifying.

She made a strong start getting out to 3-0, Erakovic nearly broke in the first game of the second set, but didn't manage to get in front until the 11th game.

Erakovic who is ranked 129th in the world will play Australian Destanee Aiava, ranked 170, for a place in the main draw.

Djokovic into semi-finals in Eastbourne

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic continued his Wimbledon preparations by beating American Donald Young in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International tournament.

The three times Wimbledon champion survived two set points, one with Young serving at 5-4 and the other on his own serve in the tiebreak at 5-6, before clinching victory with his fourth match point after the American double-faulted.

Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Serbian world number four will now play Russian Daniil Medvedev for a place in the final of the south coast grass tournament.

Top seed Djokovic - the highest ranked male player to compete at Eastbourne since 1999 - was the first through to the semis after an hour and 35 minutes on court.

"I enjoyed it, especially in the second set," he said. "The first set went my way and I played well. I felt good on the court and had some break point opportunities early in the second set.

"He served for the set, had a set point and then had set point in the tie-break ... Obviously, it could have gone easily his way. But it hasn't, and I'm just glad the way I kind of held my composure, my nerves.

"This is the kind of match situation that I was looking forward to having, and I'm glad it happened today and I managed to overcome that," Djokovic said.