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Jelena Dokic on a roll at the BMW Malaysian Tennis Open
BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 28-March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Singles - Quarterfinals
(5) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 61 64
(4/WC) Jarmila Groth (AUS) d. (6) Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 36 75
Jelena Dokic (AUS) d. (8) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 76(4) 62
Michaella Krajicek (NED) d. (Q) Anne Kremer (LUX) 62 63
Doubles - Semifinals
(WC) Safina/Voskoboeva (RUS/KAZ) d. Aoyama/Chan (JPN/TPE) 75 64
Jelena Dokic showed that she was on the road to redemption as the Australian booked a spot in the semi-finals of the BMW Malaysian Open 2011, held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian and Country Resort.
It was a vintage display of attacking tennis that set the former world number 5 to the road of victory as she disposed of the challenge posed by Bojana Jovanoski of Serbia. Dokic won 7-6(4), 6-2 and will take on the winner of the quarterfinal clash between Michaella Krajicek and Anne Kremer.
It was the first time in this tournament that Dokic won her match in two sets as she needed three sets to get the better of top seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round as well as Kurumi Nara in the second round.
“I felt very good today and it is of no surprise to me that I played well. I did not have any problems and I felt physically and mentally good. The first set was important and I served well with the score at 5-4 and then 6-5. My opponent made quite a few unforced errors, and with the tie break so crucial, I managed to play really well during the tie break and managed to seal the match. I won my first two matches here because I was aggressive and played a physical game, and with my form and confidence on a high, I am focused on my next opponent,” said Dokic.
Played under searing heat was a test of character as well as endurance for both players but that did not prevent them from going for the jugular right from the first serve. It was a hard fought battle in the first set and with Jovanoski failing to mount a spirited challenge in the second set, there was always going to be one winner - Dokic.
The two players held on to their serves until the ninth game when Jovanovski broke to take a 5-4 lead. But she failed to capitalize on the advantage as she succumbed to the more powerful Dokic and they were back on level terms, at 5-5.
Jovanovski then had a second bite at the cherry as she managed to break Dokic's serve yet again to lead 6-5. And the script repeated itself as Dokic found a way back to level the set and force it to be decided by a tiebreaker. And this was where Dokic began to stamp het authority as she took a 4-2 lead before taking the first set 7-6 (4).
In the second set, Dokic managed to break her opponent’s serve to take a 3-2 lead and from there on her confidence grew. The Australian held on to her serve and with Jovanovski lacking in confidence, broke her opponent once again to race to a 5-2 lead. And Dokic went on to finish the set and match, thus becoming the first player to book a spot in the semi-finals of the singles event.
“I did not play well today, and this is because I did not feel good entering the match and when I was on court. And when you do not feel good, you cannot do any good, thus why I did not win the match. I had a lot of chances in the first set but I lost my serve easily twice I think which was disappointing,” said a disappointed Jovanovski.
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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