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plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 09:20 PM
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Melbourne; Editing by John O'Brien)

HOBART, Tasmania, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Former world number four Jelena Dokic won her first competitive match on the WTA tour in almost three years when she beat Germany's Martina Mueller 6-4 0-6 6-2 in the first round of the Hobart International on Monday.

The victory, however, has created a dilemma for the 24-year-old, who was not given a wildcard for next week's Australian Open by organisers.

The wildcard qualifying tournament for the season-opening grand slam begins in Melbourne on Thursday and if Dokic continues her winning form in Hobart, the Australian must decide whether or not to abandon the Tasmanian event or head to Melbourne Park.

Dokic, who beat two players in the world's top-100 in qualifying for the Hobart tournament and was impressive in her victory against the 54th-ranked Meuller, said she would not make a decision on the rest of the week until after her second round match against Italy's Flavia Penetta.

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist added the layoff from competitive tennis meant she had experienced fatigue during her match on Monday.

"I was getting tired in the match, it was a little bit hot out there," Dokic told reporters.

"For me, coming off two years lay-off, it's physically and mentally hard to keep going each day and that's why I lost the second set.

"I really fought hard from two-love down in the third and I think I played some really good tennis to come back and win the big points in the third. I think I played well.

"It's been an amazing run especially for the first week of the new year." Penetta earned a second-round match with Dokic by upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4 1-6 6-2.

Radwanska was not the only seed to fall on Monday, with fifth seed Victoria Azarenka and ninth seed Gisela Dulko both retiring with injuries.

Belarus's Azarenka withdrew while leading her match 3-1 in the first set against Olga Gorotsova while Argentina's Dulko withdrew against Nuria Llagostera with the score at 6-3 2-1 in favour of the Spaniard.

Top seed Alona Bondarenko from Ukraine beat Australia's Jessica Moore 7-5 6-2, while sixth seed Sania Mirza of India thrashed Spain's Lourdes Dominguez 6-4 6-0. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Melbourne; Editing by John O'Brien)

IMPOSSIBLE
Jan 7th, 2008, 09:22 PM
TA are leaving her in a scheduling mess :(

cfc_4_ever
Jan 7th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Its simple. If she is still in tassie on thu, they deserves a w/c into the maindraw. If she isnt then she goes into to the qualies. They have prob decided who gets all the w/c already anyway

Ackms421
Jan 7th, 2008, 09:53 PM
"I was getting tired in the match, it was a little bit hot out there," Dokic told reporters.

"For me, coming off two years lay-off, it's physically and mentally hard to keep going each day and that's why I lost the second set.



Dokic's going to be fine. Not only is her form shaping up *on* the court, but she also hasn't missed a beat when it comes to making excuses. She's right up there with the top 3 already, and it's only her first month back!!

plantman
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Dokic's going to be fine. Not only is her form shaping up *on* the court, but she also hasn't missed a beat when it comes to making excuses. She's right up there with the top 3 already, and it's only her first month back!!

Her excuse being at least plausible in the fact she's been away awhile!

Tennace
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:12 PM
Dokic's going to be fine. Not only is her form shaping up *on* the court, but she also hasn't missed a beat when it comes to making excuses. She's right up there with the top 3 already, and it's only her first month back!!

I guess Jelena missed the memo, nowadays people would just say "Well, my shoulder was hurting for those 8 games." or "She hit a lot of lucky shots during those 8 games."


:weirdo:

Cp6uja
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:13 PM
IMO that best for her in this moment is try to reach Hobart QF and forget about AO2008 and this stupid episode. Its not her fault b/c TA not belive in 24 y.o. former WTA#4 and Wimbledon semifinalist. It's remind me on that stupid USTA USO2007 episode when they forced TOP80 Lilia Osterloh to play Qualies (1st time in history 1st seed of some slam is domestic player :lol::help::lol:). She have very good hardcourt results last summer but she was very tired and instead have one week to rest before USO she must played qualies and she colapsed! And what is record of girls which USTA give WC priority ahead of Osterlih - A.Glatch lose 61 61, L.Albanese lose 60 62 and A.Weinhold lose 61 61 :tape::p. But USTA and Americans have two TOP10 players in both competitions (WTA and ATP) so Osterloh case is more tragicomic than tragic - but what TA will presend home crawd instead Jelena?

BTW whole last season any Australian WTA player (Molik, Stosur, Prat, Rodionova...) not win 3 TOP100 matches at same tournament and Dokic did it already in first week after her real comeback (and maybe won 4th today)!

Uranium
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:17 PM
TA are leaving her in a scheduling mess :(

sooo true. :mad:

Uranium
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:19 PM
Dokic's going to be fine. Not only is her form shaping up *on* the court, but she also hasn't missed a beat when it comes to making excuses. She's right up there with the top 3 already, and it's only her first month back!!

:rolleyes:
that's not an excuse, that's a true reason.
coming back after 2 years and playing tour level is tough physically for ANY player.
GO JELENA

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:26 PM
How about if another player withdrawls from the MD. Would it be possible to slip Dokic into the draw with some sort of Special Entry of some sort ? I doubt it, but maybe someone knows somthing that i don't know :p.

Chris 84
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:29 PM
Why are people going so crazy over Dokic? She has seriously sucked for years, and changes nationality as often as people change their underwear :p

I don't really think that she deserves a wildcard....beating Martina Muller really isn't that big of a deal :shrug:

Goai
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:35 PM
Well it's no big deal whether she plays the AO or not. There's other tournaments and TA doesn't owe her anything.

korben
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:39 PM
She wins one match in a year and that causes dilemma ?

Yeah I like her too. Stop treating her like she is Monica Seles.
She is not. And never will be ;) (Good loser. I hope she draws Szaway in her next match :) )

So Disrespectful
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Why are people going so crazy over Dokic? She has seriously sucked for years, and changes nationality as often as people change their underwear :p

I don't really think that she deserves a wildcard....beating Martina Muller really isn't that big of a deal :shrug:

I sure hope "people" change their underwear more than twice. :p

ninanina19
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:44 PM
I sure hope "people" change their underwear more than twice. :pAt least we now know which posters maintain good personal hygiene.

Chris 84
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:48 PM
I sure hope "people" change their underwear more than twice. :p

At least we now know which posters maintain good personal hygiene.

So I exaggerated, big deal. Point is that the hyperbole over her "comeback" is a little premature imo, and also that Tennis Australia doesn't owe her a WC for the AO.

Keadz
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:48 PM
Don't say that TA haven't been generous, because them most certainly have. Its and awkward situation for them, and I do agree she deserves a wild card.

matty
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:49 PM
I read that she can't just "leave" Hobart or she won't be able to play in the AO.

Cp6uja
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:50 PM
She wins one match in a year and that causes dilemma ?

Yeah I like her too. Stop treating her like she is Monica Seles.
She is not. And never will ;)She IS Monica Seles in compartion with other players which usualy get WC especialy at AO and Wimbledon :lol:. And she win three TOP100 matches in the row - not one and like i say - no one australian WTA player whole last season not win 3 TOP100 player at same tournament and Jelena did it already at her first cameback tournament.

Uranium
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:50 PM
She wins one match in a year and that causes dilemma ?

Yeah I like her too. Stop treating her like she is Monica Seles.
She is not. And never will be ;) (Good loser. I hope she draws Szaway in her next match :) )

1. shes won 7 matches ths year. 3 in Ao wc playoff, 4 in hobart
2. she is doing well in hobart and suppose to play AO qualifying thursday causing dilemma
3. i hope she draws Szavay too to kick her arse like Fedak did:devil:
4. beat 3 top 100 players in first tour level tournament

korben
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:54 PM
Btw. This happens about dozen times every year.
Hot player is playing qualies and so on...

Dokic can not be concidered as hot player... well umm she can, but not on her playing.
Boobs. Those real :confused: YES hands off me... oops sorry ... They real. Wow. ... Ok your in :lol:

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:56 PM
If she loses today then none of this should really be a problem. I'm gonna wait to see what happens.

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 7th, 2008, 10:57 PM
Btw. This happens about dozen times every year.
Hot player is playing qualies and so on...

Dokic can not be concidered as hot player... well umm she can, but not on her playing.
Boobs. Those real :confused: YES hands off me... oops sorry ... They real. Wow. ... Ok your in :lol:
I hope you realize that nobody has a damn clue what you're talking about. :weirdo:

korben
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:03 PM
I hope you realize that nobody has a damn clue what you're talking about. :weirdo:

Good comment. I was trying to make this as complicated as I could.

Kuti-Kis !!!

Cp6uja
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:19 PM
If she loses today then none of this should really be a problem. I'm gonna wait to see what happens.She dont played any competetive match about year and now she played day by day 4 matches against WTA TOP100 players... and after that she must already in next two days moved to Melbourn and played new 3 matches in the row... she will play vs. non TOP100 players at AO qualies but she will be deadly tired. Yesterday she have big down in 2nd set (reach only 9 points and lose with bagel) so i think is best for her to try to have best possible result at Hobart and forget about AO 2008 if win Penneta today.

Jeff
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:23 PM
She IS Monica Seles in compartion with other players which usualy get WC especialy at AO and Wimbledon :lol:.

Lol, so true, and especially in comparison to the Aussies who were given the wildcards. Now, I realise that Jelena just deciding to come back and doing reasonably well doesn't make TA owe her anything, but it's not like she is fighting against a dominant tennis nation with extremely talented players. I mean, she is one of the best players Australia can have right now, a former top player, and she is losing out a wildcard to the future of Australia tennis....such as Ms. Sophie Ferguson.

Mark Spruce
Jan 7th, 2008, 11:59 PM
I am so happy that she has won !!!!!!

And I do totally agree with what you have said

Its simple. If she is still in tassie on thu, they deserves a w/c into the maindraw. If she isnt then she goes into to the qualies. They have prob decided who gets all the w/c already anyway