Olivia Rogowska Fights Off Two Match Points To Stun Jelena Dokic In Australian Open Wild Card Qualifying Final

Olivia Rogowska assured herself entry into the 2011 Australian Open by winning the Wild Card playoff

Australia’s Olivia Rogowska came back from two second set match points to derail Jelena Dokic in the Australian Open Wild Card Playoff Final. The Croatian-born (Yugoslavia at the time) Dokic, now representing Australia, was up 6-1 3-1, and had match points in the second set at 5-4 and 6-5. That Jelena managed to lose this match, which she was dominating for nearly two sets, is a sign that the 27-year old still has a lot of work to do to return to elite levels. Give Rogowska credit. She earned this win by hanging in there through lots of early errors to fight off Dokic’s power to emerge victorious in this rain-interrupted final. In fact, it was after the rain came at 3-3 in the second set tie-break that Rogowska came back onto the court when play was resumed to turn the tide in her favor. It was a valiant effort. But still, Jelena should not lose to Olivia with the advantages she had in this match. Nonetheless, Rogowska is into the Australian Open, although to date she has only played in four Majors, winning only one match, at the 2009 Roland Garros (French Open). Dokic will have to play the waiting game to see if she is granted entry into the Australian Open. Although not guaranteed, I think it is likely she will also be in.

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