Jelena Dokic takes on Kurumi Nara in the second round of the BMW Malaysian Open on Wednesday.
Dokic has been playing her way back into form recently, enjoying some impressive results at the Paris indoors and she scored her first top five win in eight years when she stunned top seed and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 in round one on Monday. Dokic went into the match with a 2-0 head-to-head record against the Italian but on paper that seemed largely meaningless as they had not played in a decade.
However she came out fighting with conviction even when Schiavone raced through the opening set. Dokic began to adjust to the Italian's heavy spin in set two and the match swung her way in the tiebreak after Schiavone took a tumble. The Italian played on but the momentum had swung Dokic's way and the naturalised Australian dug deep to close it out.
"Sometimes when you see your opponent get injured you have to be a lot more focused so you don't drop your level," Dokic said. "You can't think that she will not play well. She went for some risky shots early in the rally, so I had to be ready for that. But I think I served really well in the third set."
19 year old Kurumi Nara enjoyed her first main draw win over 2011, battling past Elena Bovina. However the Japanese teenager lacks Dokic's experience and if Dokic maintains the level she showed against Schiavone she should win comfortably.