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Injured Dokic out of tournament
January 5, 2006
January 5, Canberra - Jelena Dokic has been forced to withdraw from the 2006 Richard Luton Properties Canberra International due to a recurrence of an injury to her left abductor which was aggravated after her first round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Dokic rang Tournament Director Gerard Corradini today to inform him of her withdrawal when it was clear that she would not be suficiently recovered in time to play the Canberra tournament.
"When we spoke today Jelena was clearly disappointed that she wouldn't be able to play in Canberra," said Corradini.
[photo] Jelena Dokic: hoping to compete at Australian Open 2006.
"She told me that she had been over the moon when she first heard she had a wildcard to this event which made having to pull out today all the harder for her.
"She's now planning to get further treatment for the injury and is still optimistic of being fit to play in the Australian Open which starts in 11 days time."
The Richard Luton Properties Canberra International takes place at the National Sports Club, Canberra from 8-13 January 2006. This international event is a joint initiative between Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT, and forms part of the "Road to the Australian Open" which helps the world's top players prepare for the first Grand Slam of the new season.
Replacing Dokic in the maindraw will be rising Australian talent Sophie Ferguson from Sydney. 19-year-old Ferguson, who is coached by Tony Roche, defeated Nicole Pratt last week in a playoff for a maindraw wildcard for the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts on the Gold Coast.
Ferguson, made her Fed Cup debut in 2005 when in April she played in the Asia/Oceania Fed Cup qualifier, notching up a singles victory against Chao Hsiao-Han of Chinese Taipei. In her Australian Open maindraw debut in 2005 she reached the second round following a victory over Nuria Llagostera Vives of Spain before taking No.11 seed Nadia Petrova to three sets in the next round.
Among players Ferguson could face in the maindraw is rising Czech star Lucie Safarova (ranked 47). The 18-year-old won two WTA Tour titles in 2005 and is fast gaining a reputation as one of the names to watch on the Tour in 2006 having already reached the quarterfinals at the Gold Coast where tonight she meets the top seed and defending champion Patty Schnyder.
Other leading players in the Canberra draw include the 2003 champion and former top 20 player Meghann Shaughnessy (66) of the USA, Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues (33), Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli (37), Roberta Vinci of Italy (41), former top 20 and 2004 semifinalist Karolina Sprem (65) of Croatia and former Australian Open junior champion Shahar Peer of Israel (45).
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