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Jan 8th, 2016 05:39 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Marina beat Yulia 7-6(2) 7-6(3) playing some amazing consistent tennis Was very clutch as well.

Lost to Dulgheru 6-7(4) 3-6 in the next round. Was clearly a bit tired and didn't play as well, but Alex played her best match in ages, moved and served extremely well and her groundstrokes were full of depth.

Marina then won her doubles QF 6-4 4-6 10-7 against Goerges/Srebotnik with Silvia coming up with an amazing FH pass at 8-6 in the MTB

Now Marina is playing her doubles semi and after leading the first set *4-3, they lost it 4-6. They missed a lot of chances in the second and found themselves at *1-4 0-30 but clawed their way back to 4-4*. Their opponents, Kovinic/Strycova held to love, and forced Marina to serve to stay in the tournament at 4-6 *4-5.

Marina lost two second serves but won a first serve (no stream unfortunately) Then rain interrupted play so they will begin again at 4-6 *4-5 15-30

First point will be crucial. 30-30 is doable but 15-40 under that kind of pressure is not.
Jan 4th, 2016 05:35 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Marina has won her first match in Auckland 6-2 7-6 (1) partnering with Soler-Espinosa to defeat Jones/Cheng.

A nice bit of revenge of Jones, but what was really great was that the knee looked fine, no strapping, no grimacing, didn't make any indication of pain or trouble from it She was the best player on court, served well, hit some great volleys and FH's.

I reckon she has a good shot against Putintseva tomorrow night. It will be crowd capacity and she'll be a bit nervous, but she rode the support today well, so I hope she can do the same tomorrow night.

Tuesday's schedule is easily the best I've ever seen for Auckland, it looks like a strong Premier schedule for most part.

Schiavone vs Paszek
Kovinic vs Wozniacki
V. Williams vs Kasaktina
Ivanovic vs Broady
Erakovic vs Putintseva

Marina probably won't play until 8.30pm-ish. Doubles will likely be Wednesday against #2 seeds Goerges/Srebotnik, which is winnable. Silvia isn't the greatest partner though, very average at the net and baseline, good but not great. Unless Goerges is off or Marina is excellent, they'll probably lose.
Nov 18th, 2015 08:34 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

She's just tweeting away, hitting the gym. I think her knee is close to being fine again. She definitely plans to play Auckland anyway.
Nov 18th, 2015 12:22 PM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Has anyone heard from her lately?
Sep 7th, 2015 09:26 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Expected tbh Hopefully the knee isn't injured that badly, and she can get training for next year when she's ready.

If I was her I wouldn't bother popping over to Europe to play the very last tournaments of the year, I doubt she'll even be fit by then. She should just call it quits and get ready for next year

Unfortunately this means she'll definitely need a WC for Auckland. Plus she'll be playing Q at AO unless she vultures some Asian 125K at the back end of the season, which I doubt. Plus her singles and doubles ranking will sink like a stone early into the season

However I'm glad she isn't thinking of retiring, and it will be good for her to get some Uni work done while she's healing

Also, I'll be able to go and see her play Q at AO and there won't be as many NZ spectators so she won't be as nervous
Sep 7th, 2015 09:21 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

New Zealand tennis No.1 Marina Erakovic is unlikely to play again this year but she is ruling out any thoughts of retirement.

Erakovic aggravated a knee injury which forced her to retire during her first-round match at the US Open last week, when she was a set down against Romanian second seed Simona Halep.

The 27-year-old will fall out of the top 100 rankings for the first time in four years and is frustrated her right knee is causing more problems after believing eight weeks of rest and treatment had restored her.

Another scan in Auckland when she returns home will dictate her short-term future but she is resigned to missing a number of tournaments in Asia which had filled most of her remaining schedule in 2015.

"It's been a bit of a tough year, there were quite a few issues going on," she said. "It's frustrating. I thought I was playing well for quite a bit but I just wasn't able to put it out here. "I'm not going to get too down about it because I'm quite a positive person."

Erakovic's best result of 2015 was a semi-final appearance at the WTA event in Pattaya, Thailand in February.
She lacked the impact in doubles she has enjoyed in recent years but despite her struggles, has no thought of easing back on an 11-year professional career which peaked at 39th in the rankings 2012.

"I feel like I'm playing plenty of good tennis and maybe if I wasn't I'd think about things differently."

She admits some extra time at home will help her commit time to business studies at Massey University.

If fit, Erakovic is likely to need a wildcard to compete at the ASB Classic in Auckland in January and may need to go through qualifying to reach the main draw of the Australian Open.
Sep 2nd, 2015 12:08 PM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

2-6 0-3 ret. to Halep

Movement was hampered, looks like the same knee injury that kept her away since Wimbledon. Pretty disgusting to see people making Diatchenko slurs in the result thread, when she played the week before and won against Hradecka, and was playing some decent tennis at times in the first.

Had gps at *2-4 but wild FH's came into play. BH was horrific, FH was bad, came into the net but didn't get down low enough for the volleys. One positive was serve, 1st serve kept her in the match, gave her two games, and no double faults, good 2nd serves.

Doubles with Watson, no mixed. She'll probably WD? MD at Tashkent in a few weeks. Hope this wasn't season ending.

All in all, this sums up a horror year for Marina with bad form throughout the year, injuries and nerves ruining her few good chances (eg. MP against Hantuchova in Pattaya SF, 4-1 3rd set Madrid R1). Marina will drop out of top 100 after USO.

Hopefully she can recover quickly and get a few wins in the Asian and indoors swing to keep her ranking at around #100. Then regroup and train over the off season. WC should be needed for the ASB classic.
Aug 25th, 2015 11:37 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Lost to Savchuk 5-7 in the third, but she has qualified and made it to R2 so not bad

Next tourney USO! She is MD for singles, and doubles with Heather Unfortuantely her rankings are slipping away VERY quickly

R2 singles points to defend, R2 in Doubles as well I think.
Aug 22nd, 2015 05:44 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Marina has beaten Hradecka 6-4 3-6 6-4 Hard fought win with excellent serving, held 12/14 times, 9 aces to 4 doubles

A lot of missed chances in the third set, and missed 0-40 at the start of the second and break back point at 3-5, but she got it done in the end, on the first match point returning

Olga Savchuk next, should be an easy straight setter Doi vs Vesnina or Linette vs Dulgheru in QFR if she beats Savchuk. Marina's potential opponent will have to play two matches tomorrow
Aug 21st, 2015 01:29 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Thanks guys

Great qualifying draw for Marina at New Haven Hradecka in the first round, better on clay, and dwindling form. Marina *should* win this.

Then either Vania King who only returned from injury last week and shouldn't be hard, or ITF Savchuk.
Aug 17th, 2015 11:21 PM
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Better luck in the last GS of this season
Aug 17th, 2015 07:19 PM
Jonah Leon
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Yes she was playing okay dictating points and hitting heavy but Nara was getting having no problems rallying with her and a lot of the points were long rallies controlled by her but then she made an UE. Her backhand was making eerrors when Nara put her under pressure but otherwise it was pretty solid and flat, though she didn't go for winners with it. When her first serve was going in, Nara couldn't do anything but it felt like she was missing a lot of first serves... Overall it looked like a winnable match her first serve percentage and Nara's ability to stay in the point is what I think the difference was. It's hard to say though as I only saw 15 minutes.
Aug 17th, 2015 08:01 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Yes please!

Did her BH look crap, and her stance when bending down to hit BH's look horrific. If so, USO 2014 teas
Aug 17th, 2015 03:16 AM
Jonah Leon
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

If anyone is interested, I have some pictures of Marina from this weekend and can also give a little match report, though I only saw a few games of her match.
Aug 16th, 2015 12:38 AM
The Walking Bye
Re: Marina Erakovic Cheering Thread

Expected At least she is back healthy again.

Missed a lot of chances in both sets though

New Haven next?
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