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Erakovic draws Cornet in Open, Venus looms

Published: 1:27PM Friday January 11, 2013 Source: Fairfax

  • Kiwi tennis No. 1 Marina Erakovic (Source: Photosport)
    Kiwi tennis No. 1 Marina Erakovic - Source: Photosport

Marina Erakovic has avoided the seeds and will play world No 40 Alize Cornet from France in the first round of the Australian Open either next Monday or Tuesday.

They have played against each other once in the past with Cornet winning that match, at the ASB Classic in 2010, 6-4 6-3.

However, that was at a time when Erakovic was going through a bad slump in her form and his playing to a far higher level now.

Cornet played in Brisbane last week and was badly beaten by Serena Williams 6-2 6-2 in the second round.

If the New Zealand No 1 comes through that match she is likely to play Venus Williams in her second match.

The pick of the first round matches is Germany's Sabine Lisicki against former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki.