At the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, Jelena Dokic advanced to her first final in seven years and will try to win her first WTA title since 2002. Her opponent will be fifth seed Lucie Safarova.
The former fourth-ranked Dokic rolled to a 6-2 6-3 victory over Michaella Krajicek in the semifinals. Krajicek was once ranked 30th in the world, but the young Dutch player, still only 22, played her last WTA semifinal in 2006, the year in which she also won two WTA titles. After that year, her last notable result was a Wimbledon quarterfinal in 2007.
Safarova prevented an all-Australian final at the Malaysian Open, beating fourth seed and wildcard Jarmila Groth 6-2 3-6 6-3. Safarova is looking for her first WTA title since 2008 Forest Hills.
World No.91 Dokic and and world No.35 Safarova have a 1-1 head-to-head record. Their single 2011 meeting in Paris Dokic won 4-6 6-3 6-4. (photos: Stephane Martinache, © Neal Trousdale)