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Tamarine flies the flag into last 16

Tamarine flies the flag into last 16

Martin Bilsborrow
Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn made it into the fourth round of Wimbledon for seventh time in her career on Saturday after defeating New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic in 3 sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-4). At the age of 31, Tamarine was the oldest female competitor left in the tournament at the time of going to press and gave away more than 11 years to her opponent on Saturday.
“It’s a good feeling to be back in the second week of a grand slam,” Tamarine told reporters afterwards. “I’m just having fun and enjoying all my matches. Maybe when you are my age you are happier as a tennis player than when you’re in the 20s. I’m happy right now even if I’m the oldest in the draw.
The Thai star, who has never made it to the quarter finals of a grand slam event, but is currently going through a resurgence of form after capturing the Ordina Open in Holland two weeks ago, was due to take on world ranked No. 2 player Jelena Jankovic on Monday. Yankovic survived an injury scare on Saturday when she fell and twisted her knee but was a doubtful starter for her match on Monday. She was due to go for an MRI scan prior to taking on the Thai No. 1.