Jelena's 5 Worst Defeats of 2006
Here are Jelena's 5 worst defeats of 2006
1. Virginie Razzano - Australian Open 1RD - 3-6 7-6(6) 6-1
Playing in Australia for the first time in five years, Jelena, who earnt a Wildcard, did herself justice racing through the first set winning it 6-3 and led 6-5 in the second. Jelena held a match point on Razzano's serve and hit what she thought was a forhand winner. The umpire overuled the ball out. Jelena earned another match point but hit a forhand into the net off the return of serve. Jelena lost a close tiebreak and then crumbled in the deciding set. Jelena made over 70 unforced errors during the match.
2. Alexandra Stevenson - Wimbledon Qualifying 1RD 4-6 7-6(4) 6-2
In an ironic match up with two former top players facing each other in the 1RD of Wimbledon qualifying when the last time they played a grass event it was the Quarterfinals of the maindraw of Wimbledon. Dokic looked to have avenged her close defeat to Stevenson in 1999 when she won the first set 6-4 but served three double faults when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second. Typically, Jelena lost a close tiebreak before losing focus in the decider.
3. Julia Schruff - Auckland 1RD - 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1
Playing for Australia for the first time in five years, Jelena, a Wildcard into the event, won the first set 7-5 against Julia Schruff. Jelena then had Schruff serving to stay in the match at 4-5 and 5-6 but Jelena could not take her opportunities. She lost the set in a tiebreak and was almost in tears in the third set which she lost in just 20 minutes. During the match Jelena hit 28 double faults and 51 unforced errors. She looked predictable and one-dimensional.
4. Eleonora Punzo - Biarritz Qualifying 1RD - 7-5 7-5
After coming close to defeating Top 100 players in WTA events, Jelena was expected to cruise past 678th ranked 18 year old Eleonoro Punzo in the qualifying of a low level ITF tournament. However Jelena was soundly beaten in straight sets.
5. Astrid Besser - Ismaning Semifinal - 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)
After almost four months away from the game, Jelena, under the guidance of new coach Niki Pilic, qualified for Ismaning and made it to the Semifinals of the maindraw. In the Semifinals, Jelena won the first set, lost the second, came close to a win and not surprisingly lost to the 630th ranked Besser in a tiebreak.
Last edited by Verdasco; Dec 14th, 2006 at 08:03 AM.