Just as Martina Hingis, beginning her comeback, stormed the Australian Open and went to the quarterfinals a few years ago, Jelena Dokic has become the story of this year's Open. In the round of 16, she was faced with her first really big hitter, Alisa Kleybanova, and she squeaked by, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6. Everyone is busy praising Dokic (as well they should), but let us also commend Kleybanova for holding forth against a huge crowd favorite, and providing spectators with a an exciting match.
Dokic didn't just win a tennis match, however. She also publicly informed her father that he is not welcome at her matches, and that she wants nothing to do with him. The delusional Damir Dokic has "apologized" to his daughter, and is apparently ready to interfere in her life again. Of course, with him, "interference" is actually abuse.
Dokic will now play Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals. Safina is another big hitter, of course. There are other factors involved: Dokic may have hurt her ankle when she rolled it during her fouth round match. Safina is again having trouble with her head. If a wind comes up, the Russian will be in trouble.