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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dokic back in Australia Cup team

Jelena Dokic has been included in Australia's Fed Cup team, eight years after controversially switching nationality to Serbia and Montenegro.

She was named alongside Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs for February's Asia/Oceania zone, Group I play-offs in Perth.

Dokic, 25, changed countries in 2001 after her father claimed the Australian Open draw was rigged.

The former Wimbledon semi-finalist is currently ranked world number 177.

Australia's Fed Cup captain David Taylor said Dokic's inclusion has given Australia one of their strongest teams in years.

"We probably haven't had a lot of luck on our side with injuries, we had about four girls finish in the top 80 last year and we had one available to play," he said.

"This year there's a real sense of excitement."

Dokic left Australia to live in Europe in 2001 but returned in 2006, saying she had never wanted to leave in the first place but had to follow her family.

This week she was given a wildcard entry into the Brisbane International but lost her first round match against Amelie Mauresmo.

The former world number four has also been handed a wildcard for the Australian Open, which starts on 19 January.

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