February 4, 2009 / 8:45 AM / 10 years ago

Tennis-Dokic makes winning return to Australia's Fed Cup team

SYDNEY, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Jelena Dokic made a triumphant return to Australia’s Fed Cup team on Wednesday with an easy win in her opening match at the Asia/Oceania playoffs in Perth.

Dokic, who made a fairytale run to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month, beat Lee Jin-a 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour to help Australia defeat South Korea 3-0.

It was Dokic’s first Fed Cup appearance for Australia since 2000 following the well-publicised fallout between her estranged father Damir and tennis officials.

“I could have gone to Europe or America but I made it very clear I wanted to play Fed Cup and I would always make myself available again for Australia, just like I did before,” Dokic told reporters.

“There was no way for me to miss this opportunity to play again.”

Australia play Thailand on Thursday then Taiwan on Friday with the Pool A winner advancing to Saturday’s final against the Pool B winner.

Saturday’s eventual winner then advances to the World Group II Play-off in April for the right to join the top-16 countries in next year’s Fed Cup. (Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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