Last night Marina Erakovic and Monica Puig were a winning doubles team, tonight they’ll be enemies, David Long writes in this article for New Zealand’s Stuff.com.
The New Zealand No 1 begins her singles campaign at this year’s ASB Classic in the final match of the evening session tonight – against Puig.
They combined on Monday night to defeat Argentina’s Maria Irigoyan and Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic 6-4 6-7 11-9 in a match that lasted an hour and three quarters, finally sealing it with their fifth match point.
They’ll play their doubles quarterfinal match later in the week, but in the meantime they’ve got to go up against each other in the singles.
Puig, from Puerto Rico, admits it will be an unusual experience for her and she’ll go from someone the crowd were cheering for, to someone they’ll be against.
“You do your job on the court,” Puig said.
“When you get off it everything’s forgotten and you can go on living your life and being friends, because we have another doubles match to play.
“This is something exciting and it hasn’t happened to me in a really long time.”
Going on how they played in their doubles match it’s difficult to pick which player is in the better form, although Erakovic’s net play was first-class.
While it was Erakovic and Puig’s first match together, they looked like a combination that’s well suited and they’ve already agreed to team up again at the Australian Open.
The only frustrating point about last night was that it took a super tiebreak to finally get the win.
“It would have been nice to take it out in two sets,” Erakovic said.
“But it’s our first match and I felt we competed well and you never know what you’re going to get out there on the first day.
“It was important that we kept at it, kept battling through and in the end we got the next win and in the next match hopefully we’ll feel more comfortable together.”
Tonight will be the latest Erakovic has ever played a singles match at her home tournament and she says she’s had to alter her routine accordingly.
“We get night matches everywhere and it’s something you adjust your schedule to, you sleep in, you chill out a bit.”
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