* Sobbing Dokic retires with back injury while leading
* Dementieva says she did not deserve to go through
By Sonia Oxley
PARIS, May 28 Jelena Dokic left the court in
floods of tears on Thursday after retiring with a back injury
while leading by a set in her French Open second round match
against Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva.
"It's a shock and a disappointment," the Australian former
world number four told a news conference after quitting with the
score at 6-2 3-4 against.
"I felt like I had the match in my hands and I was doing
well and even if I didn't win, I was playing really well ... I
felt like I probably played the best tennis that I played this
Dokic, appearing at her first French Open since 2004,
appeared to pull something in her lower back at 2-2 in the
second set and went off court to receive treatment from the
She returned to break Dementieva despite crying between
"I just went down and couldn't come back up. I don't know
what it is yet. It was very painful, and I just hope it's not
too serious," said Dokic, who sobbed uncontrollably into her
towel after retiring while Dementieva came over to comfort her.
Dokic, who rolled her ankle in her last-16 match at the
Australian Open, said she was not having much luck at the grand
slams on her comeback trail after a troubled few years.
"Obviously it's not my time at the grand slams," said Dokic.
"I'm not 15 anymore, so it's time probably to take more care now
and I just really, really hope it's nothing serious.
"I was supposed to play doubles tomorrow. I don't think that
Dementieva was full of sympathy for her opponent.
"It feels bad to win this way and it must be hard on her.
She was very solid it's bad luck for her," the Russian, who next
faces Dokic's compatriot Samantha Stosur, told reporters.
"I didn't deserve to win this match."
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