25 Aug 2016

Erakovic, Statham fail to make US Open

10:49 am on 25 August 2016

New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has failed to make the US Open main draw after losing her opening match in qualifying.

Marina Erakovic

Marina Erakovic Photo: Photosport

Erakovic lost a three hour decider to China's Yafan Wang 6-7(5) 6-4 3-6 with the second set taking 72 minutes.

The Chinese player ranked 163rd had 24 break point opportunities on Erakovic's serve and was successful with eight of them.

Erakovic ranked 113 managed eight breaks of Wang's serve out of 16 opportunities.

Meanwhile Rubin Statham came close in his first set with the 191st ranked Duckhee Lee from Korea.

Statham ranked 431 who won a wildcard as a result of winning an event in the US lost 6-7(3) 3-6 in one hour 31 minutes.

Michael Venus, Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak all play their doubles main draw matches next week.