Jelena Dokic hadn’t played since a first-round loss at Wimbledon and was unable to shake off the rust of the two-month layoff, losing to Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-4 in the opening round of the US Open.
The 26-year-old committed 41 unforced errors, nine double faults and no aces in the match against the 93rd-ranked Flipkens.
Dokic had a spectacular career revival at the start of the season, but later had to make another break from tennis, because of mononucleosis.
Despite yet another disappointment and unlucky course of events in her career, Dokic is determined to rebound and play well the rest of the season.
“It counts how many times you get up, not how many times you fall down,” said the Australian. (source: Reuters, photo: Ralf Reinecke)