Dokic downed in Miami opener
21 Mar 2012
Jelena Dokic has fallen on Tuesday at the Sony Ericsson Open in what was a disappointing day for Australia at the combined ATP/WTA event in Miami.
Following the defeat of compatriot Anastasia Rodionova in the final round of qualifying, Dokic fell in straight sets to Australian Open 2012 quarterfinalist Ekaterina Makarova.
It was a tough draw for the Australian, who had withdrawn early in her first round match at the Indian Wells tournament last fortnight. She improved as the match wore on but eventually went down 6-1 7-5 to the 41st-ranked Russian.
Dokic’s serve, which has troubled her throughout 2012, was again part of her undoing in her first round match against Makarova on the Grandstand court at Crandon Park.
The world No.119 dished up 11 double faults throughout the one hour, 20 minute contest, and won just 29 per cent of points behind her second delivery.
Makarova moves through to a second round clash against compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, seeded No.19 in Miami.