The Jelena Dokic dream has finally come to an end. Dokic played another outstanding match in the Quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2009, but she was unable to edge past Dinara Safina. Dokic put up an almighty fight before succumbing 6-4 4-6 6-4 to the world No.3 in a two-hour, 19-minute thriller at Rod Laver Arena.
While Safina progressed to an all-Russian semi-final on Thursday against seventh seed Vera Zvonareva – who thumped Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-0 in her semi on Tuesday – Australia’s born-again baseliner can look forward to a bright new future after a spectacular Open campaign.
In six heady days, and against all odds, the 187th-ranked Dokic has resurrected her career and restored order in her turbulent life with a series of emotional and lion-hearted displays – on and off the court.
Apart from being assured of a return to the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2004, the 25-year-old picked up a desperately-needed $182,500 cheque – trebling her prize money earnings from the past three sorry seasons.