Former world No. 4 Jelena Dokic lost to Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-2, 6-4, in the Australian Open wildcard playoff yesterday, and while she may be disappointed with the loss, she is certainly not disappointed with her overall performance this week. The 2009 Australian Open quarter-finalist has been sidelined since 2012 dealing with a serious wrist injury and was attempting a comeback in time for the Australian Open in January.
“I thought I would be a lot more nervous,” Dokic said to Australian media following her loss. ”I’m just happy to get the first one out of the way—it’s the worst one. And nearly two years out is a very long time, even for a top player. A top five player, after two years, they’re saying, ‘Well, I’ll just be happy to get a win or two.’ So where does that leave me with two years out?
It is still undetermined whether Dokic will be given a wild card into the main draw, but at the very least, she could take part in one of the qualifying tournaments ahead of the Grand Slam. In hindsight, she was pleased with her performance and is positive about her imminent future.
“Of course, I have to be happy with today; the second set was close, I got a break and couldn’t capitalize on it. Obviously, just disappointed with the fact that I lost, but not too disappointed with everything today.”
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