Marina Erakovic has beaten third seed and world No27 Taiwanese player Su-Wei Hsieh 6-2 6-2 in the first round of the US$235,000 WTA Pattaya tournament in Thailand.
The Aucklander is using the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Fed Cup tournament in Kazakhstan and says it was a good win, especially against a player who she hadn't faced for a long time.
"I felt like both of us started a little nervous because it was a first round," Erakovic said. "But, you know, I really tried to play aggressive and get used to the conditions and the court, and I think I did really well today, so I'm happy with myself.
"I played Su-Wei a long, long time ago at an ITF tournament in California so I really didn't know what to expect. I know she's a very tricky player and has some great shots, so I knew that I had to be really alert out there."
Next up in the second round for Erakovic is Thai wildcard Varatchaya Wongteanchai. The Kiwi will team with Brith, Heather Watson in the doubles where they are the second seeds.