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Erakovic Wins Québec City Opener

Marina Erakovic, Caroline Garcia and Christina McHale were among the first round winners at the Challenge Bell.

Published September 09, 2013 12:02

Erakovic Wins Québec City Opener
Marina Erakovic

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - No.6 seed Marina Erakovic fired 15 aces en route to surviving a major challenge from Mallory Burdette in the first round of the Challenge Bell on Monday.

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Erakovic was down a set and 5-4 before managing to take the second set, and then from 3-3 in the third set she won the last three games for a 57 76(4) 63 triumph.

"The match was very tight. It could have gone either way," Erakovic said. "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."

Erakovic has fond memories of this event, having made her first WTA final here in 2011.

"I love Québec City," Erakovic said. "It's one of my favorite tournaments. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it last year because I was injured."

The other seed in action, eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia, also advanced, converting on four of five break point chances in her 63 64 defeat of Aleksandra Wozniak.

In a match involving two unseeded players, Christina McHale was a 62 61 winner over 2010 Québec City champ Tamira Paszek.

"I played really well today," McHale said. "I was very solid with my groundstrokes and I served well too. There are some things I'm going to work on in practice and hopefully be ready for the second round.

"I really like everything about this tournament. It's really nice this year that we can practice right on site. I really like the way Center Court plays. It's a big improvement."

McHale also touched on fellow American Serena Williams collecting her 17th Grand Slam title at the US Open on Sunday.

"She's super nice," McHale said. "I was on a couple Fed Cup teams with her and the Olympics last year and she has always been extremely nice to us. She's really funny, always making jokes. I was watching the finals yesterday on TV and I was really happy for her."

Speaking of US Open champions, fresh off their second Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, No.1 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka moved on to the second round in doubles.

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