This is a huge mistake by Jelena. She played extremely well this fall and the OZ would be a tournament she could excel at. While she has had problems with the Australian Tennis Federation in the past, she needs to put it behind her. A good example of someone who put the past behind her was Hingis at Roland Garros. After a disasterous 99 final, Hingis went on the play in the doubles final the next day and came back the next year to play singles and doubles with Pierce. By coming back, I think Hingis demonstrated that, despite her bad behavior, she is serious about her tennis and that she wants to win Roland Garros.
It's up to Dokic. It sounds like she is still controlled by her dad. I hope that is not the case.
This could be a smart move on Jelena's part if she took the time off to get a better serve and waited til March. She plays too much as it is. Starting the season in Tokyo only looks foolish and spiteful. Kiss those Aussie endoesement deals bye-bye Jelena baby <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />
i can uderstand if it was a tier5 and she withdrew , but its a grand slam and arent they worth more??...getting her rank higher and doing well in aus open could gain her ALOT in endorsements and boost her "PR" image in australia!.....logic would say thats what she wants?
instead shes not only going to undervalue her ranking...but also potential off court earnings from endorsements?!
<img src="redface.gif" border="0"> JELENA JELENA JELENA! <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" />
She hasn't really done well in Australia anyway. Apart from winning the Hopman Cup (won 3 matches), she has suffered a 3rd round (won 2 matches) and a couple of 1st round losses at the Oz Open, and never advanced beyond the second round (won 1 match) of Sydney. In all, 6 matches won over three years playing professional tennis in Australia. I can definitely understand Damir, I mean Jelena, wanting to skip her hoodoo events.
*Slap* @ Jelena. Sorry. My hand slipped. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Quelle surprise.<br />Well, it's her points which won't be going up. I'm pretty sure she doesn't intend to skip Australia permanently - and a lot of players do, at least on a semi-regular basis e.g. Novotna. And if she spends the extra time working on her game then it'll be worth missing the AO. It's just as well for her anyway - she's been overplaying this season.