25 Feb 2012

Erakovic moves into Memphis final

4:32 pm on 25 February 2012

The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic has advanced to the final of the WTA Memphis tournament after beating Vera Dushevina 6-1 4-6 6-4 in Saturday morning's semi-final.

The Aucklander breezed through the first set before the Russian fought back to claim the second.

However Erakovic recovered to take the decisive set and book a final showdown with sometimes doubles partner Sophia Arvidsson, after the Swede beat Italian Alberta Brianti in straight sets.

Erakovic could rise to around the top 40 mark in the world rankings if she beats Arvidsson, who she beat in their only other singles clash at Stanford last year.