Latent heat: Marina Erakovic

20 yo from New Zealand Marina Erakovic is probably the most outstanding newcomer in the WTA Tour in this 2008 season. She made her breakthrough early in the year when she reached the semifinals in Auckland, the WTA event held at her home town, where she defeated Vera Zvonareva. Later she focused on ITF events in Australia, winning 9 matches in a row, and getting a title and a runner-up place.
And she got all the attention when, after reaching the semifinals at Memphis as a qualifier, she became the first woman from New Zealand to break into the top 100 for over twenty years. And now she has confirmed her great season in the big Tier I of Miami, reaching the 3rd round and defeating Top 30 Michaella Krajicek on her way.

With a big serve and a powerful forehand, Marina is already one of the most popular sportswoman in New Zealand, and definitively one of the players to watch for the following years.
You can watch Marina's gallery here

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