Jelena Dokic showed more than a glimpse of the form that once took her to No.4 in the world, but still failed to convert several chances and fell to Amelie Mauresmo 7-6(9) 7-6(5) in a tense first-round match at the Brisbane International.
Jelena Dokic, currently ranked 179th, twice served for the first set and also had several set points in a long tiebreak which Mauresmo eventually won 11-9. In the second set, France’s Mauresmo served for the match, but Dokic fought back and forced another tiebreak, poised at 5-all before the 25-year-old wildcard conceded it with two errors.
“It hurts knowing I had those chances against her,” Dokic said.
“If I got blown away maybe it wouldn’t hurt so much.”
It’s interesting to note that Dokic hit 31 winners, compared to Mauresmo’s seven. However, Dokic was leading in unforced errors, too – she made 33 to Mauresmo’s six.
In other matches on Monday three seeded players were upset. Fourth seed Daniela Hantuchova fell to Sara Errani 6-7 6-4 6-0, eighth seed Francesca Schiavone was defeated by Olga Govortsova 7-5 6-2, while seed No.9 Ai Sugiyama lost to Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-3. (source: Fox Sports, photo: Ralf Reinecke)