AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Rebound Ace); Grand Slam)
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According to this, it was her Croatian boyfriend Tino Bikic who encouraged her to return to Australia last month.
First round (Monday)
+ Jelena Dokic [WC] d. Virginie Razzano, 6-3 7-5
- Jelena Dokic [WC] lt. Virginie Razzano, 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-1
With Razzano serving match-point down at 3-6 5-6 (30/40), Jelena hit a forehand winner and raised her arms in triumph.
But the umpire overruled it as "out" - incorrectly in the opinions of many who saw the match - so, after a lengthy dispute between Jelena and the umpire, the official score was 40/40.
Jelena got another match-point two points later, but netted a petulant return - one of the 72 unforced errors that she made in that match.
Mentally down after the overrule rather than physically tired, Jelena lost the third set in 26 minutes, the scoreline mimicking her 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 loss to Julia Schruff at Auckland.
Max Soy: "I saw it on TV. It was extremely tragic, she went down a break in that 2s and then broke back and she got a mp at which point a line call favoured Razzano (it was probably fair), then she tensed up in the tb and was always playing catchup (not once did she lead in it). After that she collapsed completely and the way she looked just said it all. UE after UE after UE."
ThreeDT: "I think Wally Masur made a good point commentating on TV who said that Jelena hits ground strokes flat and deep and was finding the top of the net a bit too much. If she just aimed 3 inches higher on some of them and maybe add some topspin, she would have been playing nearly perfect tennis."
Having decided to sleep through the day-sessions in order to watch BBCi's coverage of Melbourne's evening-sessions, I caught up with the scores from the following threads:
DOKIC _* * *@*@ 6
RAZZA * * *____ 3
The match started at 12:49 EST on the Margaret Court Arena.
Razzano serving 0-0: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad R, held.
Jelena serving 0-1: 40/0 -> 40/40, ad R (BP), Deuce #2, ad R (BP #2), Deuce #3, ad J, Deuce #4, ad J, held. 12 unforced errors already.
Jelena serving 1-2: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad J, Deuce #2, ad J, held. "Razzano has only missed one shot so far, but Jelena is playing aggressive" [Chevina
Razzano serving 2-2: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30, held.
Jelena serving 2-3: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), 40/40, ad J, held.
Jelena has faced break-points in every service-game so far, but saved them all. But her W:UE ratio is only 5:18.
Razzano serving 3-3: 0/40 (3 BPs), 30/40, broken.
Jelena serving 4-3: Held to 15.
Razzano serving to stay in the set at 3-5: 15/0, 15/40 (2 SPs) -> 40/40, ad J (SP #3), Jelena won the first set 6-3 at 13:26 (37m).
DOKIC * * *___*@*_ 6(6)
RAZZA _* * *@*___* 7(8)
Jelena serving 0-0: 30/0 -> 30/30, 40/30, held.
Razzano serving 0-1: 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 40/30, held.
Jelena serving 1-1: 40/0, 40/15, held.
Razzano serving 1-2: 40/0 -> 40/40, ad R, held.
Jelena serving 2-2: Held to love.
Razzano serving 2-3: 0/15, 40/15, held.
Jelena serving 3-3: 30/0 -> 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken after 2 double faults and a backhand error.
Razzano serving 4-3: 0/30 -> 30/30, 40/30, held.
Jelena serving to stay in the set at 3-5: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 30/40 (SP), 40/40, ad J, held.
Razzano serving for the set at 5-4: 15/0, 15/15, 30/15, 30/30, 40/30 (SP #2), 40/40, ad J, Jelena broke back! 2 double faults by Razzano in that game - apparently Razzano is a notorious choker.
"Jelena!! Pumping her fist!! Hitting winner after winner!! AWESOME!" [Erika_Angel
Jelena serving 5-5: Held to love.
Razzano serving to stay in the set at 5-6: 0/30 -> 30/30, 30/40 (MP #1), 40/40, ad J (MP #2), Deuce #2, ad R, Deuce #3, ad R, Deuce #4, ad R, held.
6-6 tiebreak: Razzano *2/0, 2/1*, 3/1* -> *3/3; Razzano 4/3*, 4/4*. Jelena double fault. Razzano *5/4, *5/5. Jelena unforced error. Razzano 6/5* (SP #6), 6/6*; Razzano *7/6 (SP #7), Razzano won the second set 7-6 (8/6) at 14:27.
Razzano took a(nother?) medical time-out.
DOKIC ____@__ 1
RAZZA *@*@ @* 6
Razzano serving 0-0: 0/15, 15/15, 15/30, 30/30, 40/30, held.
Jelena serving 0-1: 0/40 (3 BPs), 15/40, broken.
Razzano serving 2-0: 15/0, 15/15, 40/15, held. "Just from the way the points are going it looks like Jelena cannot buy a point from the deuce court" [flmmkrz
Jelena serving 0-3: 30/0, 30/15, 40/15 -> 40/40, ad R (BP), broken. Jelena finished that game with 3 double faults (11 for the match so far).
Razzano serving 4-0: 0/15, 15/15, 15/40 (2 BPs), broken. 3 forehand winners in a row from Jelena.
Jelena serving 1-4: Jelena hits 2 more forehand winners. 30/0. Jelena makes 2 errors. 30/30, 30/40 (BP), broken.
Razzano serving for the match at 5-1: 40/0 (3 MPs), Razzano won 3-6 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 at 14:53 (2h04m).
Jelena had a W:UE ratio of 27:72 (Razzano 17:15), and the ratio was similar for all three sets. You can't make over 70 unforced errors and expect to win at this level - unless you're going to hit a ton of winners to compensate, as Jelena was able to do of old.
It was a very baseline-oriented match, with both girls approaching the net only three times each (Jelena won just one of her net-points, Razzano all three).
Jelena got 59% of first serves in, winning 67% of the points when she did so, and 43% on second serve (Razzano 64%, 54% and 68%). These percentages dropped to 42%, 50% and 18% for the third set.
Jelena served one ace and a whopping 11 double faults (5 in the third set), while Razzano served two of each.
Both girls scored 4 breaks of serve against the other, from 10 break-points for Jelena and 11 for Razzano - but 3 of Razzano's breaks came in the third set.
"I would have to say one of the most disappointing losses probably in my career so far. I was already really happy, and then half an hour later the most disappointed that I've ever been.
"It was more the fact that I was already, you know, pretty much with my hands up winning the match. Then it puts you down mentally. If it was a normal point and I lost it, I would have been in a much better position. But coming so close, it was a different story.
"I knew I would struggle after that point, and I did have another match-point. I had my chances. I was just unlucky. And once the third set got on, just couldn't focus mentally. It just was hard after that point.
"But I think I did well to get in that position. Just the way that it had to be. I felt like I played okay, and I've improved with each match. Six weeks ago when I got here, I could not even dream to play with a Top 50 player and be able to beat them in two sets. So, you know, that's a positive thing, but just I was very disappointed.
"The match today shows that I need to be able to finish a match off and win a match like this. So that's something I think that's the difference between a top 10 player and some other players. That's something that I used to do very well. You know, I had a little bit of that today. I came back in the second set when I was down. I just should have finished the match off.
"So I think I'm definitely on the right track and, you know, confident that I can do well.
"I was confident that, you know, the people would understand what happened and the circumstances that I left under. I did regret that, and I wanted to make up for that. I came back to make it right. If I didn't feel Australian, I wouldn't have come back.
"It was great. I don't know if I even got that much support when I was here before. I think they also led me to be in that position to be able to win. It was great to play in front of that crowd.
"You know, that's why I'm disappointed as well not to be able to do it again. So it was great. I couldn't have asked for anything else. It's been definitely a good two months and a great decision to come back. I haven't had any negative thing happen."
What next for Jelena?
Jelena must not be discouraged by her two losses this month. She's coming back from a deep deep hole, and we can't expect instant miracles.
If she keeps working hard, and continues her new routine of working out at the gym at 6am, then things can surely only get better for her this year.
Jelena's next tournament is the Pattaya Open, week of 6th February.
It's important for Jelena to cultivate a good relationship with Tennis Australia, in case her ranking won't be high enough not to need a wild card for the French Open. The French and Australians have a reciprocal agreement for getting into each other's draws.
Dr. Andrew Broad