Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jelena Dokic Continues Her Unbelievable Run - Advances to Quarter-Finals at the Australian Open


For anyone who follows tennis closely, this is nothing short of unbelievable. It's been years since Jelena Dokic did anything on the tennis court. But, here she is advancing to the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Here are the details from Google News:

"Australian wildcard Jelena Dokic kept her remarkable story going when she upset Russia's Alisa Kleybanova 7-5, 5-7, 8-6 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday.

Dokic will now play third seed Dinara Safina for a place in the semis after defeating her third seeded player in as many rounds.

She ousted Anna Chakvetadze (seeded 17) in the second round and Caroline Wozniacki (11th) in the third before accounting for Kleybanova (29).

But she had a big fright on the way when she fell heavily after twisting her ankle when returning a serve while leading 6-5 in the third set.

She got up and brushed aside the trainer's offer to strap her ankle at the next change of ends, came back on and held serve then broke Kleybanova to seal victory in three hours.

"I was really physically exhausted tonight but I kept on fighting and the crowd got right behind me in the third set," Dokic said.

Kleybanova, playing her first match on a major centre court, could have been forgiven for being slightly overawed by the occasion, but she was the steadier of the two players in the beginning.

Both players looked nervous throughout and holding serve was a continuous battle.

There were five breaks of serve in each of the first two sets, although both players steadied in the third, which then developed into a battle of nerves.

Kleybanova broke early in the third but Dokic struck back to level at 3-3, then games went with serve until Dokic made the vital breakthrough.

"It was hard to stay positive when I lost the second set and and went down a break in the third, but I just kept on fighting and it paid off," she said."

On the surface, I'm happy for her, but I hope this article from News.com.au isn't true: Family of dead drug trafficker claims Jelena Dokic owes them $60,000:

"But the win was soured by revelations she is being chased over an alleged $60,000 debt to a convicted Melbourne drug trafficker.

The darling of the Australian Open, who has battled back from depression and a loss of form, is accused of owing the money to dead drug importer John Anthony Giannarelli, the Herald Sun reports." To continue reading this disturbing story, go to this page on News.com.au.

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