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Erakovic out of Auckland Classic tennis
19:12 AEST Wed Jan 2 2013

New Zealander Marina Erakovic's singles campaign at the Auckland Classic tennis tournament has ended in a disappointing straight-sets defeat to American Jamie Hampton.

Crowd favourite Erakovic, the world No.66, was beaten 6-1 7-6 (7-5) in a second-round encounter in Auckland on Wednesday.

The 70th-ranked Hampton was the more consistent and showed an ability to reel off winners at vital moments, especially off her forehand.

After Erakovic dropped her serve three times in losing the opening set, she appeared to snatch the initiative when she broke her opponent for the first time to go 3-2 up in the second.

But the 24-year-old Aucklander's momentum swing was short-lived as Hampton broke back to square the set at 4-4.

In the tiebreak, Hampton had three match points, before finally converting a fourth with yet another forehand winner.

Erakovic has failed to progress past the second round in the Classic in five attempts since making the semi-finals in 2008.

In the quarter-finals on Thursday, Hampton will meet unseeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who beat Erakovic's doubles partner, Britain's Heather Watson, 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Earlier, the seeds continued to tumble when German Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan both departed in the second round.

Goerges, the No.2 seed and world No.18, was upset by Swede Johanna Larsson 7-5 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 in a match that went more than two and a half hours.

Larsson, who is ranked 73rd, will face another seeded German in Mona Barthel in the quarter-finals.

Barthel beat Greek wildcard Eleni Daniilidou, a two-time Auckland champion, 7-6 (8-6) 6-2, to book her spot.

Sixth seed Shvedova went down to Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-3.

An Auckland finalist in 2009 when she lost to compatriot and tournament favourite Elena Dementieva, Vesnina says she went into the match concerned about Shvedova's big serve.

Apart from Barthel, just two other seeds remain alive.

Belgian third seed Yanina Wickmayer went through to the last eight with a 6-3 6-0 win over Swiss Romina Oprandi.

Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland will contest her second-round match against Romania's Simona Halep on Wednesday night.


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