Comeback player Jelena Dokic of Australia, ranked 187th in the world, continued her impressive run at the 2009 Australian Open with a 3-6 6-1 6-2 victory over No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki.
Previously at the tournament Dokic had defeated Tamira Paszek and Anna Chakvetadze, but I was skeptical she would be strong enough to go past the young star Wozniacki too, who made her Australian Open debut last year and then reached the fourth round already.
The lead that Wozniacki established after breaking Dokic in the fourth game of the first set was crucial and gave the young Dane the victory in the first set. As Dokic had as much as six break points in the first set and converted none of them, I was afraid her maximum at this year’s Australian Open had already been reached. But no! The 25-year-old Dokic spectacularly won the next two sets, and booked herself a place in the fourth round. Amazing!
It seemed like the 18-year-old Dane was a bit intimidated by all the story behind the former world No.4 Dokic, the lowest ranked player left in the draw, especially because they had never met before.
The Wimbledon semifinalist Dokic has today made her best result at the Australian Open. In 1999 she reached the third round.
Dokic will next face either fifth seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia or No.29 seed Alisa Kleybanova of Russia, who are currently playing the third set. Warning: If you are a big Ana fan, don’t watch that match, you might get a heart attack.