Dokic bows out of Australian Open

Dokic bows out of Australian Open

21 Jan 2010

Jelena Dokic was defeated in the first round of the Australian Open by Russian 27th seed Alisa Kleybanova, the player Dokic so spectacularly upset 12 months earlier.In a match lasting 95 minutes, Dokic fell  6-1 7-5  and later admitted she was not mentally prepared for repeating her emotional run to the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park in 2009.

“It was a poor performance and I was very disappointed with today and this whole month hasn’t been great,” Dokic said.

“I would have liked to have played better, but in a way I am glad it’s over. I can move on and I have to refocus. I played okay in Brisbane and Hobart was terrible. I played really bad and I couldn’t get my rhythm going into today’s match I thought it showed.

“Maybe I should have taken last week off because I wasn’t playing well in Brisbane. After not playing well in Hobart I only had three days of practice. It was very difficult to do anything in three days.”

Dokic admitted pressure had got to her, a contrast to her 2009 campaign when she entered the event on a wildcard after winning the Australian Open play-off.

“In a way I’m glad. Now it’s done. It hasn’t been easy just thinking about  defending a quarterfinal, even though I will be top 100 if I lose all my points. I just wasn’t playing well. Sometimes that happens.”

“I am very disappointed this month because I haven’t played even 10 per cent of what I can. I am still fighting with myself, trying to get through the bad patches in matches, but sometimes that’s just the way it is. “

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