Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dokic's bad luck follows her to London

Jelena Dokic, who was in the midst of defeating the world number 3 when her back went out at the French Open, today experienced dizziness and weakness during her first round match at Wimbledon. She didn't retire, but her level of play went down considerably, and she was defeated by Tatjana Malek. She says she thinks she has some type of virus; she has been dizzy on and off for about a week.

Some of Dokic's bad luck rubbed off on Lucie Hradecka, whose thigh looked seriously bandaged when she played Ana Ivanovic. At one point in the match, Hradecka's movement was obviously compromised, though she continued to play as tough as she could. Ivanovic saved two match points, had a bit of her Wimbledon netcord good luck, and showed the kind of pull-from-behind spirit that has won her many a match.

Faring no better was Kimiko Date-Krumm, whose classic grass play had Caroline Wozniacki befuddled in their first set. Date-Krumm, however, sustained a thigh strain and an abdominal strain, and--though she played out the match--she was never the same again.

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