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Dokic the comeback queen at the BMW Malaysian Tennis Open
Two players, one a young, up and coming Asian with a solid reputation from her junior career, and another, an European born Australian who was once a top 5 player and a reputable junior herself, stole the headlines as matches of the BMW Malaysian Open 2011, held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort, carried on late into the night.
Jelena Dokic of Australia rallied in her match against petite and feisty Japanese Kurumi Nara, eventually triumphing 3 – 6, 8 – 6(6), 6 – 2. This is the second match in a row at this tournament where Dokic has been stretched over three long, gruelling, and trying sets in order to advance to the next round.
“I think I played well tonight. I have never played her before prior to this and honestly I did not know what to expect from her in this match. I made mistakes in the first set and I knew that I had to rally and win the second set in order to ensure I was in with a chance to win the match. The third set was very tough and I fought to the end for the win”, said a pleased Dokic.
Dokic’s next opponent on Thursday for a semi-final berth on Saturday will be Serb Bojana Jovanovski.
The player with the most endurance, stamina and energy tonight was none other than former junior World number 1 Noppawan Leertcheewakarn of Thailand, as she and her Australian partner Jessica Moore made sure they moved on to the next round as they defeated Taiwanese Chang Kai-Chen and Pole Urszula Radwanska in straight sets 6 – 2, 6 – 4. Noppawan had earlier lost her singles match against the experienced Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, so the win in tonight’s doubles match with Moore ensured she remains in the competition.
“Even though the schedule was unfair to me as I had to play two matches almost back to back, I did not want to complain or make excuses, so I was determined to play both matches to the best of my ability. Although I am disappointed to be out of singles competition, I have to give my opponent due credit as she played some wonderful tennis today,” said a humble Noppawan.
The BMW Malaysian Open 2011, a leg of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour – the world’s leading professional sport for women is being held from 28th February to 6th March 2011 at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort. The tournament has 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams’ competing in a knockout style competition for the prize purse of USD 220,000.00.
Tickets for the tournament can be obtained from TicketPro through their website at www.ticketpro.com.my or by calling +603 7880 7999 . For ticket prices and other information log on to the official website of the tournament at www.bmwmalaysianopen.com.
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