AO Wildcard PlayOff
Jelena passes first test
December 16, Melbourne Park - Former world No.4 Jelena Dokic passed her first test at Melbourne Park today after defeating Victorian Beti Sekulovski in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off 6-2 7-6 (6).
The 22-year-old won a comfortable first set and after breaking serve in the second looked set for an easy win. But world No. 344 Sekulovski refused to give in breaking back and eventually sending the set to a tiebreaker.
Dokic, ranked No.349 in the world, got the early break in the tiebreak and at 6-5 had her second match point opportunity but failed to convert. An impressive running forehand set up her third match point, which she delivered on for a 6-2 7-6(6) victory.
Dokic said she was happy with the way she played.
"It was good," said Dokic. "I was a little bit nervous, I havenít played matches in a very long time.
"There is some things I could improve on but I expected not to play too well in the first match but I played better than I expected."
Dokic said she was looking forward to the rest of the play-off. She will play Queenslander Shayna McDowell in the quarterfinals.
"I feel good. I think match play will help because we have because we have three or four days in a row. The more I practice and the more I play matches hopefully the better Iíll get."
Thanks Ozfan44 for the updated score.
Good Result Jelena