Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dokic just can't catch a break

All the optimism about Jelena Dokic's new comeback attempt, which she was starting at the Australian Open "wild card" playoffs is now dashed, at least temporarily, because of her latest piece of bad news: Dokic has a thigh injury. She arrived for her quartefinal playoff match with her left thigh heavily strapped, and she retired at 3-6, 1-3.

Contrary to what tournament officials have indicated earlier this year, there will be some "discretionary" (as in "real") wild cards given for the 2008 Grand Slam tournament, so it is still possible that Dokic will get one, provided she is healthy enough to use it. I certainly hope so.

The recipient of Dokic's latest bad fortune was Olivia Rogowska, who will next play Sophie Ferguson.

In the meantime, the wild card playoff's top seed, Monique Adamczak, was upset by Christina Wheeler, who will now face Jessica Moore.