Posted by Barrie on Thursday, 28 May 2009

Brave Dokic retires in second set

Jelena Dokic was forced to retire during the second set in her 2nd round match with world number 4 Elena Dementieva this evening, after taking the first set with some comfort.

Dokic, who looked serious about her comeback in January when she made it to the Quarter Finals of the Australian Open with her fellow countrymen giving her great support, which included a victory over Caroline Wozniacki. She hasn't competed in many tournaments since, and had picked up just 1 win before the French Open and twice lost to Wozniacki since. But she played very well in coming from a set down to defeat Karolina Sprem in the opening round, 3-6 6-1 6-2.

Today, she look dominant in the opening set against Elena Dementieva, winning it 6-2 against the Olympic Gold Medalist. She went a break up early in the second set, 2-1 before a back injury in the following service game caused her problems and allowed Dementieva to break back. A long stoppage followed as Dokic went for treatement and when she eventually came back was in tears. She continued to play on gingerly, clearly struggling with her movement and distraught, but somehow managed to break Dementieva's serve for a 3-2 lead. Whilst Dementieva wasn't forcing her injured opponent to move much for the shots, Dokic's struggle became too much after she was broken again and Dementieva held her next serve without resistance for a 4-3 lead in the second. Dokic retired straight after that and Dementieva along with Dokic's coach tried consulting the upset player who looked on course for round 3 not long before.

Elena Dementieva goes on to face Samantha Stosur in round 3. In other tennis news today, number 2 seed Roger Federer came from 5-1 down in the third set to beat Jose Acasuso 7-6 5-7 7-6 6-2, whilst Juan Martin Del Potro, Gael Monfils and Andy Roddick went through in straight sets. Venus Williams had to face match point before defeating Lucie Safarova 6-7 6-2 7-5, whilst Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki all had comfortable victories.

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