WTA Bell Challenge: Sixth seed Marina Erakovic advances after three-set win
Marina Erakovic was forced to fight all the way before reaching the second round of the WTA Bell Challenge.
Last Updated: 10/09/13 8:53am
The sixth seed lost the opening set to Mallory Burdette but managed to edge a tiebreak before going on to claim a 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory.
"The match was very tight. It could have gone either way," Erakovic, who lost in the 2011 final to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, told the WTA website.
"In the second set I started playing a little better and was very lucky to pull it out.
"In the third set, I think she was feeling a bit more pressure and I was able to serve it out. It was a good match."
Eighth seed Caroline Garcia is also through to the second round after she overcame Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-4.
Former champion Tamira Paszek crashed out, though, after a 6-2 6-1 loss to Christina McHale.
Ajla Tomljanovic needed three sets to end the spirited challenge of Maria Sanchez, with the Croat winning 6-2 2-6 6-3.