27 Nov 2014

Erakovic into ASB Classic main draw

5:36 am on 27 November 2014

The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has made it into the main draw for the ASB Classic tournament in Auckland in January - but only just.

Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic Photo: Photosport

At 77 in the world, Erakovic is the lowest ranked player in the main draw of a field which features five players in the top 30 and is headlined by the eighth ranked Danish star, Caroline Wozniacki, and the American veteran Venus Williams.

The tournament director Karl Budge says Erakovic's inclusion in the main draw means he has the final wildcard available to add another well-known player.

Budge says there are plenty of players capable of causing upsets, so he's hoping the draw is kind to his stars.

"It's going to be a pretty worrying time for us when we do that draw, and see, is Venus going to be on Caroline's side or not, who does Marina pull up first round? Some pretty consistent players as we go through the field that I'd prefer they don't pull those big drawcards in those first couple of days," says Budge.

The Wimbledon quarter-finalist Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and two-time Grand Slam champion and former world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova also join the field.

The tournament will also have the world's top ranked doubles pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

Full list of seeded players for the ASB Classic 2015:

1. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark - 8)

2. Sara Errani (Italy - 14)

3. Venus Williams (USA - 18)

4. Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova (Czeck Republic - 25)

5. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia - 27)

6. Sloane Stephens (USA - 36)

7. Coco Vandeweghe (USA - 39)

8. Mona Barthel (German - 42)