New Zealand number one Marina Erakovic won't play the ASB Classic due to injury and would be working on her rehabilitation while relaxing beach side. “With great regret, I confirm that I will not be able to compete at the 2018 ASB Classic and Australian Open," Erakovic said.
"Unfortunately, due to an ongoing injury with my back, I need more rehabilitation and recovery time. As a result, my return to competition is still uncertain and I will be applying for a protected ranking." Ranked outside the Top-200 on the WTA Charts, Erakovic said that she will spend her summers in New Zealand itself.
“Considering this outcome, I have decided to take full advantage of my first ever summer break in New Zealand by exchanging my tennis shoes for my jandals and finally getting to see some of these beautiful Kiwi beaches.” “This means you will not be seeing me at the ASB Classic in any capacity, so I want to take this opportunity to wish the tournament another very successful summer of tennis.” ALSO READ Pepe Imaz: 'Instead of being looked up to, Djokovic is being criticised' .