Monday, January 5, 2009

Dokic lost to Mauresmo

Jelena Dokic
In Brisbane, qualifiers Karatantcheva, Vinci, Czink and Lucky Loser Coin all won as did Ivanovic and Safarova, Stosur beat Sugiyama, Mauresmo edged Dokic and Errani beat Hantuchova. In the men’s Gabashvili, Delic, Reynolds and Sirianni qualified. Yes an Australian (Sirianni) actually qualified for a tennis tournament. Also Baghdatis lost, Fish lost, Stepanek won and Verdasco showed Tomic how far he needs to go to stop being a top prospect and becoming a top player.

Jelena Dokic showed that the comeback may actually be working despite her loss to Mauresmo. Dokic looked the better player throughout and reduced Amelie to playing defence while Jelena hammered the corners with devastating groundstrokes. Pity about the serve though and some mental fragility remains. Er, maybe more than some... Mauresmo’s not in great form though and Hantuchova looked patchy whenever I poked my head out of the main arena. Wickmayer looked good against Coin but still managed to lose in a long match. Serving for the match in the third she managed four double-faults in one game and then lost the resulting tiebreak. Very unhappy girl.

In Auckland Vaidisova won, Zakopalova lost, Rybarikova lost, Peer won.

Hewitt beat Kiefer, Lisicki beat Dellacqua and Cibulkova beat Shaughnessy in the Hopman hit-and-giggle. In Hong Kong Larcher De Brito plays Vandeweghe and Panova plays Zhang.

Jelena Jankovic and boyfriend Mladjan Janovic.

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