Former world No.4 Jelena Dokic’s plans of reviving her shattered career through the Australian Open seem far away right now as the Serbian-born Australian tennis player had to pull out of the wildcard play-offs.
Dokic was competing in the play-offs, hoping to earn a spot in the Australian Open main draw. Everything started well, with the 24-year-old winning her first three matches and reaching the quarterfinals. But then, trailing teenager Olivia Rogowska 6-3 3-1, Dokic was forced to withdraw due to a left thigh injury.
The Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley, says Dokic is devastated after returning to tennis from a two-year break.
“Obviously we’re disappointed for her, she’s played three matches and done well in all those three matches,’ he said,
“Now we’re just hoping she can make a quick recovery and continue on with her come back.”
Dokic must now rely on gaining a discretionary wildcard to play in the Open, if her injury heals in time. (sources: Tennis Australia, ABC News, Herald Sun)