Serena Williams into Roland Garros third round, Jelena Dokic leaves injured in tears

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Serena Williams at Roland Garros 2009Second seed Serena Williams beat 133rd-ranked Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain 6-2 6-0 to move into the third round of Roland Garros. Jelena Dokic, whose comeback I enjoy following, had to retire against fourth seed Elena Dementieva because of a back injury.

Williams had a much easier time in the second round than in her first-round match when she needed nine match points to get through a three-setter. Interestingly, the American believes her game is much better now than when she won four consecutive Grand Slam titles in 2002-03.

The ‘Serena Now’ would definitely beat the ‘Other Serena,’ just in general. I’m older. I think I’m wiser. I think I’m just a more mature player. Back then, it was more nitty-gritty. And now it’s more composed and planned-out playing.

Jelena Dokic at Roland Garros 2009Jelena Dokic progressed to the second round, and it’s very disappointing that she was forced to retire while leading by a set against Dementieva. Dokic left the court in floods of tears, after quitting with the score at 6-2 3-4 against. She appeared to pull something in her lower back at 2-2 in the second set.

Dementieva was full of sympathy for her distressed opponent and even said: “I didn’t deserve to win this match.” (sources: FOX Sports, Reuters; photos: Stephane Martinache)


  1. That’s too bad about Jelena. I’m sure she thought she could go far at the French. Hopefully her injury isn’t too serious.

  2. Bad luck, really bad luck. The only consolation would be that the injury is at least not serious.

  3. marjia, where is a place where i can watch matches for free? do you know any internet sites? australia doesnt play roland garros 🙁


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