In a match between two former top 5 players who have both come back from personal and injury trouble, Jelena Dokic delighted fans at Melbourne Park with an easy win over Russian Anna Chakvetadze on Margaret Court Arena.
Dokic needed only 48 minutes to dispose of former world No.5 Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-1. “The heat was fine (but) the wind was really swirling around and it was difficult to play. I think she had a lot of trouble,” Dokic commented.
“Sometimes when I was in trouble, didn't feel good with the wind, I just went through the middle, tried to keep a lot of clearance over the net, not try to go for too much. I think I played a smart match.” The two met in the second round of Australian Open 2009, a match Dokic won in three dramatic sets as part of her memorable run to the quarterfinals.
“She's been also a little bit sick and I don't think she's played for six months, even though she had a pretty good week last week,” Dokic said. “You can never count her out because she's a competitor, you know.
She's difficult to play. But also the conditions were really, really different to our last match.” Dokic will now take on Marion Bartoli, the no. 8 seed next. “I think things are going well. I think I'm playing well.
Sometimes you might even have losses, but you have to look at the bigger picture,” she said. “At the end of the tournament, there's only one winner. There's 128 of us. It's not all bad if you lose. You got to look at it as the whole year.
As long as you're improving what you're doing, every day you're putting in the hard work, it's going to pay off.”