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Marina Erakovic and Rubin 'Jose' Statham in Delhi Commonwealth Games quarters

6/10/2010

 New Zealander Marina Erakovic has won her way into the Commonwealth Games Tennis Women’s singles quarter-finals at the R.K. Khanna Tennis Centre in Delhi.

 The Kiwi has progressed with a comfortable 6-0 6-0 win over Jacklyn Lambert (BER), taking the match in 34 minutes and losing only 9 points. Having dropped just one game in two matches, Erakovic, the tournaments eighth seed, moves into the quarter-finals, where she will meet hometown favourite Sania Mirza of India. Erakovic leads the head-to-head record 1-0 having beaten the Indian on Grass at Birmingham in 2008 (6-3 6-0), but can expect a tougher match in the quarter-finals.

New Zealand teammate and sixth seed Rubin ‘Jose’ Statham also progressed through to the last eight with a win over Scotland's Colin Fleming. Statham led the match one set to love when the Scot was forced to retire.

Statham will also meet an Indian for a place in the semi-finals. He will play top seed Somdev Devvarman (IND), who holds a current ATP World Ranking of 100. Statham has played Devvarman once before in 2008, with the top seeded Indian taking the win.