Dokic earns showdown with Hingis in second round clash


ZURICH, AFP

Australia’s Jelena Dokic overcame jet-lag to defeat Switzerland’s Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-3, 6 0 at the Swisscom Challenge on Monday, and lined herself up for a second round clash with top seed Martina Hingis. It will be their first meeting since the young Australian’s stunning victory over Hingis at Wimbledon last year, and it’s a match she’s looking forward to. “I’ve got nothing to lose,” said Dokic. “I’m happy with the way I played today (Monday) and whatever happens happens. You can’t worry about it too much and I’m actually looking forward to it. I think her serve is the thing to attack. I’ve just got to play my game, not make errors and keep the ball in play. She’s not going to overpower me, but she’s been playing well. As I said, I’ve just got to play my game and take advantage when I can.” The first few games against Gagliardi were strewn with errors as Dokic struggled to find her range. The Australian earned no less than 19 break points, converting three in each set, but she also dropped her own serve twice in the first set. “I’m zonked!” said Dokic, who had flown in from an event in Tokyo. “I didn’t think I was going to have to play today (Monday). “I was a little upset, but they scheduled me and I just had to get used to it. It took me a bit of time to adjust because I just got in last night. I feel all right actually, not too bad. Once I got going I was all right, and it wasn’t such a long match.”

The 17-year old is in Zurich without her father and coach, Damir. He is banned from the WTA Tour until the end of March after running foul of the authorities at Wimbledon and the US Open. “He’s staying at home with my brother and my mum is with me at the moment,” said Dokic. “He’s going to be coming to some tournaments and we’ll train off-site. I’ve think I’ve gotten used to it. I’ve played a few tournaments since (he was banned) and I’ve coped just fine. The biggest step was to get through the US Open, which I did.” In other matches, qualifier Anastasia Myskina of Russia disappointed local fans when she upset Patty Schnyder 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, and there was also success for two other qualifiers. Another Russian, Tatiana Panova, overwhelmed Gala Leon Garcia of Spain 6-1, 6-3, and Germany’s Jana Kandarr dismissed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-1. In the remaining match of the day, Anne-Gaelle Sidot of France outlasted qualifier Andrea Glass, beating the German 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4. Sidot won despite putting only 35 percent of her first serves into play, but when she was successful she won an impressive 84 percent of the points and never faced a break point.