Dokic crumbles in second round at U.S. Open
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fifth seed Jelena Dokic's U.S. Open campaign ground to a halt in the second round when she was knocked out by Russian Elena Bovina 6-3 6-2.
It was a lacklustre effort from Dokic, who had reached the fourth round here the last two years but came to New York this year nursing a hamstring injury.
But Dokic refused to blame her early exit on the injury.
"It wasn't a factor today," the 19-year-old said. "It was one of those days where I wasn't hitting well. I just wasn't a hundred percent with my shots, missing a lot and not moving well. It was a combination of everything that didn't go right."
Dokic became the highest women's seed eliminated from this year's U.S. Open after committing 29 unforced errors. She lost her serve four times in the one-hour match played under cloudy skies on the Arthur Ashe stadium court.
Bovina, who fell in the first round on her U.S. Open debut last year, kept applying pressure as Dokic failed to get her trademark baseline game into gear.
As Dokic tamely surrendered the match by sailing a service return long, a jubilant Bovina raised her arms to acknowledge the cheering fans.
"I just found my rhythm from the beginning and tried to make her (Dokic) play," Bovina said after avenging a three-set loss to Dokic at Indian Wells in March.
"I think I felt pretty comfortable out there."
The 19-year-old Bovina, ranked 61st in the world, will face Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz in the third round.
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