Dokic returns to Australia, ready for hostile crowd
One year ago, Jelena Dokic entered this event as an Australian, however, in that year alone, things have changed drastically as Dokic readies herself for fan backlash as she comes back as a Yugoslav.
Dokic, the winner of the Thalgo Womens Hardcourt Title believes that the reception she will receive isn't as bad as people make it out to be.
'I played up in the Gold Coast and I mean, it was fine. Pretty good actually so you know, I don't think it will be that bad. I'm ready for anything though and that's the key, being prepared'
Dokic said she relished the opportunity to do well in Melbourne, the 3rd seeded player in the draw.
'Well, I probably didn't play as well as I would have liked in Sydney. Like I said, the key is preparation and I'm ready for this tournament. I've been working really hard on my serving and my volleying and I think I can do well here in Melbourne'
Dokic won't have it all her own way though, having to face Monica Seles in the 1st round.
'Monica is a great player. She looks really fit so I know it's going to be tough, I'll have to play my best'
Jelena Dokic practises in Melbourne.