Re: Dokic out with an ankle injury?
January 08, 2008 JELENA Dokic's winning run at the Hobart International came to an abrupt halt when she sensationally retired after just five games of her second round match.
Dokic was down 0-5 against Italy's Flavia Pennetta when she called the trainer onto the court.
After having her right ankle assessed, she told the umpire and Pennetta she could not go on, gifting Pennetta a quarter-final berth.
Dokic told media after the match that she had sprained her ankle during her qualifying match against Russian Yaroslava Shevdova and played through the pain since.
"I sprained it two days ago but it is getting worse," Dokic said.
"It was in pain in practice this morning but I wanted to give it a go."
Dokic said she was disappointed with the outcome of match but added five matches in five days had taken their toll on her physically after two-and-a-half years off the tour.
She will assess her ankle and decide on her next move after being given a wildcard into the Australian Open qualifying tournament beginning on Thursday morning.
"It is too soon to tell," she said when asked if she would be fit to take the court in two days' time.
"It may be doubtful now but I shall see tomorrow."
Dokic dismissed suggestions she retired from the match to give herself time to get back to Melbourne for qualifying.
"If I had won tonight I would have stayed (in Hobart)," she said."
The Australian Open is not my biggest goal and if I don't play there it is not a big deal.
"You don't leave a tournament, it's not fair to the tournament or the people or the crowd or myself."
Good Luck - JELENA, ANA, MARIA & IVANA
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