BRIEF-Tennis-Dokic to play Hobart as warmup to Australian Open

MELBOURNE Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:00am GMT

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MELBOURNE Nov 27 (Reuters) - Former world number four Jelena Dokic will play at the Hobart International as she fine tunes her preparations for next year's Australian Open, organisers said on Friday.

Dokic, 26, who had previously battled weight problems and a crisis of confidence, beat three seeded players on her way to the quarter-finals of this year's Australian Open.

"She captured the hearts of all tennis fans at the Australian Open in January and hopefully she can continue her form in the main draw here and get her 2010 season off to a winning start," Hobart tournament director Michael Roberts said in a statement.

The Hobart tournament runs from Jan. 8-16, with the Australian Open beginning on Jan. 18.

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