HOBART Jan 8 Former world number four Jelena
Dokic pulled out of the Hobart International with an ankle
injury on Tuesday and is still to decide whether she will
attempt to qualify for next week's Australian Open.
Dokic, who had beaten three players in the world's top 100
in qualifying and the first round at Hobart, was down 5-0 to
Italy's Flavia Pennetta in their second-round match when she
called for the trainer.
The 24-year-old, who received courtside treatment but was
unable to continue, later said she had sustained the injury in
qualifying on Sunday and played with it in her first round
victory over Martina Mueller on Monday.
"I had a good run here and I felt like I was playing well,
but against someone like her you need to be able move so much
more," Dokic told reporters after her retirement.
Dokic, who did not receive a wild card from Australian Open
organisers and was considering whether to play the wildcard
qualifying tournament beginning on Thursday, said she would need
to see how her ankle responded.
"It's not something that's really serious, so hopefully it
will settle down. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
"I'll have to make a really hard decision on Thursday."
In other matches on Tuesday, Russian second seed Vera
Zvonareva beat Romania's Ioana Raluca Olaru 6-3 6-2, while Eleni
Daniilidou of Greece provided the upset of the day with a 6-3
6-3 victory over top seed Alona Bondarenko of the Ukraine.
Daniilidou will now meet Australian Casey Dellacqua, who
made her first WTA quarter-final with a tough 6-4 4-6 6-1
victory over Russian Anna Lapushchenkova.
India's sixth seed Sania Mirza, fresh from some impressive
perfomances at the Hopman Cup in Perth, advanced to the
quarter-finals with 6-3 6-4 victory over Russia's Alla
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Melbourne; editing by Miles