Dokic victory creates Open dilemma
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Melbourne; Editing by John O'Brien)
HOBART, Tasmania, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Former world number four Jelena Dokic won her first competitive match on the WTA tour in almost three years when she beat Germany's Martina Mueller 6-4 0-6 6-2 in the first round of the Hobart International on Monday.
The victory, however, has created a dilemma for the 24-year-old, who was not given a wildcard for next week's Australian Open by organisers.
The wildcard qualifying tournament for the season-opening grand slam begins in Melbourne on Thursday and if Dokic continues her winning form in Hobart, the Australian must decide whether or not to abandon the Tasmanian event or head to Melbourne Park.
Dokic, who beat two players in the world's top-100 in qualifying for the Hobart tournament and was impressive in her victory against the 54th-ranked Meuller, said she would not make a decision on the rest of the week until after her second round match against Italy's Flavia Penetta.
The former Wimbledon semi-finalist added the layoff from competitive tennis meant she had experienced fatigue during her match on Monday.
"I was getting tired in the match, it was a little bit hot out there," Dokic told reporters.
"For me, coming off two years lay-off, it's physically and mentally hard to keep going each day and that's why I lost the second set.
"I really fought hard from two-love down in the third and I think I played some really good tennis to come back and win the big points in the third. I think I played well.
"It's been an amazing run especially for the first week of the new year." Penetta earned a second-round match with Dokic by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4 1-6 6-2.
Radwanska was not the only seed to fall on Monday, with fifth seed Victoria Azarenka and ninth seed Gisela Dulko both retiring with injuries.
Belarus's Azarenka withdrew while leading her match 3-1 in the first set against Olga Gorotsova while Argentina's Dulko withdrew against Nuria Llagostera with the score at 6-3 2-1 in favour of the Spaniard.
Top seed Alona Bondarenko from Ukraine beat Australia's Jessica Moore 7-5 6-2, while sixth seed Sania Mirza of India thrashed Spain's Lourdes Dominguez 6-4 6-0. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Melbourne; Editing by John O'Brien)
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