NEW YORK Aug 31 Jelena Dokic was unable to
shake off the rust of a two-month layoff and lost to Belgian
Kirsten Flipkens 6-3 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open on
Dokic had not played competitively since a first-round loss
at Wimbledon due to a debilitating bout of mononucleosis.
The 26-year-old Australian had 41 unforced errors, nine
double faults and no aces while losing to the 93rd-ranked
Flipkens in 66 minutes.
"It's tough because I think I could have had a much better
year," said the 83rd-ranked Dokic, who opened 2009 with a run to
the Australian Open quarter-finals.
"I was still playing well around Miami (in March) and the
French Open. After that, things just kind of went downhill.
"I was fit and I was playing well. When I got sick at
Eastbourne (in mid-June) and then Wimbledon, things really
started going downhill. It's just so unlucky."
Dokic said she was determined to rebound and play well the
rest of the year.
"It counts how many times you get up, not how many times you
fall down," she said.
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