Dokic in a dream as improbable comeback surges onJanuary 23rd, 2009 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Jan 23 (DPA) The improbable comeback dream of Jelena Dokic advanced to fresh heights Friday as the newest national tennis heroine upset number 11 Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 to fight into the fourth round.”I feel stronger, this is so great,” said the 25-year-old who once stood fourth in the world as a teenager before personal crises and conflicts sent her family back to Serbia and exiled the player to the sporting wilderness.
Dokic, ranked 187 and a wild card into the event after winning a December play-off, recovered with poise after losing the first set against the on-form Danish teenager.
Dokic showed flashes of the form that took her to a Wimbledon semi-final in the last decade as she scored the triumph in front of a cheering crowd at the Rod Laver arena.
“Losing the first set went in my favour, there were a couple of close games,” said Dokic, overcome with emotion. “I’m so happy with how I hung in there.”
Dokic broke five times while losing her own serve twice.
“I got a break in the second set and things started to go my way,” said the winner. “I felt really comfortable against her.
“I didn’t think of the victory until the two match points. I just wanted to put in a good performance.”
In an emotional on-court interview with former mentor and retired fellow player Alica Molik, Dokic added: “In the last few years of struggling with things (she is estranged from her family), I think I’ve matured.
“Maybe it will work in my favour having a couple of tough years.”
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