Blonde, pony-tailed lady ballers Jelena Dokic + Agnes Szavay maybe have been working the same Fila style in Melbourne today but don't be fooled: these two are treading very different paths.
JD's trials + tribulations have been well-documented so there's no need to rehash them here. But what we should discuss is her inspiring 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 win over the tough Austrian Tamira Paszek. The former top tenner discussed the win, the difficult years, and her emotional state of mind during her post-match presser:
Tennis is not the most important thing in the world, but it’s something that I love. I was very disappointed when I couldn’t play well.JD will face another Fila filly, Anna Chakvetadze, in the second round.
It was a tough time in my life. I had a lot to go through, a lot of family issues.
It’s really a miracle for me [to be back playing and winning]. It’s really emotional to win today. What I had to go through, it’s really great to have this win. I don’t think a lot of people know what this means to me.
Meanwhile, Agnes Szavay's early promise is fading as quickly as it came. The Hungarian and 23rd seed continued her miserable form of late falling 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 to unheralded Galina Voskoboeva, her fifth consecutive first round loss dating back to Stuttgart in October. Her last, best result was a quarterfinal showing in New Haven, losing to Amelie Mauresmo.
One glaring stat from her match: she hit 10 doubles in the match and only managed a 49% on first serve deliveries. U-gly. Get thee to a serving specialist, stat.
Agnes is still very young but she'll need to get a handle on her game or risk spiraling into tennis oblivion.
And you don't want to go there. Just ask JD.
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