Jelena Dokic’s amazing run at Australian Open 2009 has ended, bowing out in the quarterfinals to world No.3 Dinara Safina in three thrilling close sets, 6-4 4-6 6-4, in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena crowd on Tuesday night.
“Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don’t. There’s nothing to be disappointed about.” Dokic said.
“[A] dream is always there. But, you know, now that it’s [the] semifinal, whatever happens, happens. I want to go out there and play my game, and let’s see who is gonna be stronger that day,” Safina said.
Safina will now meet compatriot Vera Zvonareva, who has also reached her first Australian Open semifinal.
Dokic made 54 unforced errors to Safina’s 36
Safina served five aces and 11 double faults, eight of which came in the second set, while Dokic had four aces and eight double faults
Dokic hit 29 winners, while Safina had 23
Safina converted six of her 19 break point opportunities, while Dokic capitalised on five of her 12 break point chances
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