Jelena Dokic's Aussie Open dream run is over.
The 25-year old, who became the "It Girl" of Australia with her inspiring run, was defeated by Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. JD hit 54 errors against 29 winners and 8 double faults. Not gonna cut it. Dinara will now face compatriot Vera Zvonareva, who blasted Marion Bartoli, for a spot in Saturday's final.
JD refused to blame the left ankle she rolled in her previous match for the loss saying, "It was fine". She also told the press,
Like I said, it's been a great start to 2009. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I have to take all the positives and negatives out of today and really learn for the rest of the year about what I will do differently in a match like that. But, yeah, like I said, there's absolutely nothing to be disappointed about.Agreed - it surpassed anyone's expectations. Now the true test comes: can JD build on this momentum and stake her claim in the elite level of the WTA Tour? She showed the talent, skills, and fight to do it but it's a long season. Only time will tell.
PS - Is anyone else disappointed that we won't be seeing anymore of sexy coach Borna Bikic and his sick arms getting all emotional and excited?
*wears VERY sad face*
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