Jelena Dokic : Archives

Archived news - November, 2000.

Wednesday, 29 November, 2000 - Dream Match 2001
According to the Entertainment Plus Inc, Miss Dokic will take part in the Dream Match 2001, indoor exhibition matches, which will be held on the night of the 6th February 2001 at the Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka, Japan, alongside Anna Kournikova (RUS), Amanda Coetzer (RSA) and Ai Sugiyama (JPN).
The PIA Corporation has announced another player's name, Anke Huber (GER), instead of Miss Dokic.

Tuesday, 28 November, 2000 - Fed Cup
According to the Tennis Australia official website, the ITF announced yesterday the new format for the Fed Cup 2001. The 2001 World Group Draw will take place in Melbourne during Australian Open 2001.
16-nation World Group.
Competition to be played over 3 weeks, culminating in the World Group Final.
Weeks 1 and 2 will be played on a home-and-away format over a Saturday and Sunday. Each tie will be best of 5 matches - 4 singles and 1 doubles.
Proposed dates for 2001 competition:
  Week 1 - Week of 23 April
  Week 2 - Week of 16 July
  Week 3 - TBD
World Group Teams 9-16 (seedings determined on nation history since 1995) play in the Week 1, producing 4 winners who then take on Teams 5-8 in Week 2.
The 4 winners in Week 2 meet Teams 1-4 in Week 3, the World Group Final, in a round robin format (2 groups of 4 Teams), producing the Fed Cup winner.

Thursday, 23 November, 2000 - Watson's Water Challenge
The Watson's Water Challenge 2001 official website announced today the 8 players to take part in the exhibition hard court tournament - Jennifer Capriati (USA), Anna Kournikova (RUS), Jelena Dokic (AUS), Elena Dementieva (RUS), Olga Barabanschikova (BLR), Anke Huber (GER), Lisa Raymond (USA) and Jing-Qian Yi (CHN). All players will participate both in the singles and the doubles (4 pairs). Pairings are not available. Jennifer Capriati has won the singles title, defeating Martina Hingis in the final at the Watson's Water Millennium Cup 2000. The Watson's Water Challenge will be held from 3rd to 6th January 2001 at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium in Hong Kong.

Saturday, 18 November, 2000 - Yugoslav Citizenship
The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that Miss Dokic's father confirmed the day before yesterday the family would relocate to Belgrade in February 2001, but he reportedly denied this yesterday.
According to the CNN/Sports Illustrated, Miss Dokic was quoted by Belgrade daily Blic as saying " I do sincerely wish to play for Yugoslavia, isn't it the most important thing ? " and " I belong here and I want to return to the country ". Miss Dokic also said that she had no obligations until January so she would be sight-seeing in Belgrade and resting from tennis in the next couple of weeks, denying her return had anything to do with the recent political changes in Yugoslavia, which saw the downfall of former president Slobodan Milosevic. Dusan Grujic, head of the Serbian Tennis Association, reportedly said that Miss Dokic would keep her Australian passport and have dual citizenship. He also said that if Miss Dokic wanted to switch allegiance she would have to spend around 2 years playing for neither Yugoslavia nor Australia.
The CBS SportsLine reported yesterday that she can not play for Yugoslavia for 3 years, because ITF rules stipulate that a player can not play in team events for 3 years for another country, despite becoming a citizen of that nation. In October, She vowed never to play for Australia again following an editorial in the Australian tennis magazine that suggested her father needed psychological help to control his temper. Alan Trengove of the Australian Tennis Magazine has said in the editorial opinion " The Dokic family's reaction to our October Editorial is completely irrational.... The Australian Tennis Magazine is a privately owned publication. To punish the nation, Tennis Australia and Jelena's fans for criticism that appeared in an independent magazine doesn't make sense ".
According to the Daily Telegraph, Miss Dokic and her mother were handed thier Yugoslav passports by Interior Minister Zoran Zivkovic at a ceremony yesterday. Her father and brother would get Yugoslav citizenship next week. Asked yesterday whether her new passport meant that she would no longer play for Australia, Miss Dokic reportedly said " I did not say that. I am playing for Australia ".

Thursday, 16 November, 2000 - Yugoslav Citizenship
The reported today that Miss Dokic was visiting relatives in Belgrade with her mother (not her father) and then she was going to Florida before returning to Sydney next week. Her father yesterday confirmed on TV cameras outside his home in Sydney that she was seeking a Yugoslav passport and would not play tennis for Australia again (in the Fed Cup). Her Australian manager John McCurdy of Octagon reportedly said that he had not been aware of the plans, however he was confident she would continue to play for Australia into the future. Tennis Australia publicity manager Lysette Shaw reportedly announced that there was some issues that need to be resolved and Tennis Australia President Geoff Pollard would meet Miss Dokic as soon as possible to clarify her playing future in Australia. Australian sports writer Linda Pearce reported that the age eligibility rules of the WTA tour permited Miss Dokic to play only one more tournament before her 18th birthday, so if she played on Sydney before the Australian Open, she could not play any other tournaments until April.

Wednesday, 15 November, 2000 - Yugoslav Citizenship
The Sydney Morning Herald reported today, quoting from the Belgrade Vecernje Novosti newspaper, that Miss Dokic has reportedly arrived in Belgrade with her father in order to get the Yugoslav passport and new residence to stay at while playing in Europe.
-- The Dokics immigrated into Australia in June 1994 after leaving their native country due to the war.
-- Her father had reportedly said that it was too dangerous for him to live in Sydney any more, after he was banned from all WTA Tour events from October 2000 through March 2001 for his inappropriate behavior at the WTA events and at Grand Slams.

Monday, 13 November, 2000 - Wismilak International, Volvo Women's Open
According to the CBS SportsLine, Henrieta Nagyova won the singles final, defeating Iva Majoli, 6-4, 6-2 at the Wismilak International yesterday. She has won the doubles title with Sylvia Plischke, defeating Liezel Horn and Vanessa Webb, 6-4, 7-6 (4).
The draws of Volvo Women's Open are available. Miss Dokic is not there. The Sunday Telegraph reported yesterday that she is going on holidays for two weeks.

Saturday, 11 November, 2000 - Wismilak International, Volvo Women's Open
According to the WTA Tour web board members, the singles final match of the Wismilak International 2000 will be played between Iva Majoli and Henrieta Nagyova tomorrow.
-- It seems that Miss Dokic has decided to end her heavy schedule in this season... She may not participate in the Volvo Women's Open next week and probably take a break (in L.A.?) for the coming season. This information is unidentified for now. She seems to be still staying in Kuala Lumpur at least today. It will become clear whether she appears in Pattaya tournament or not when the main draws are announced tomorrow.

Thursday, 09 November, 2000 - Wismilak International, Volvo Women's Open
According to the WTA Tour web board members, Miss Dokic suffered 2nd-round defeat, losing to wildcard Iva Majoli in a full-sets, 5-7, 6-3, 4-6 on Court-1 today.
Miss Dokic will take part in Volvo Women's Open, Tier4b (US$110,000) hard court tournament, which will be held from 13th to 19th November in Pattaya City, Thailand.

Wednesday, 08 November, 2000 - Wismilak International
According to the CBS SportsLine, Miss Dokic will play tomorrow against 1997 French Open champion Iva Majoli, who defeated Silvia Farina-Elia, 6-1, 6-4 in the 1st round of singles yesterday. In the quarterfinals, the winner will meet Pavlina Nola (BUL), who ousted 7th seeded Anastasia Myskina (RUS), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the 1st round and qualifier Iroda Tulyaganova (UZB), 7-5, 4-0 (retired) in the 2nd round today.
Photo quoted from Roland Garros 2000 website. Iva Majoli
Birth Date : 12 Aug. 1977
Current rank for singles : 109 (as of 06 Nov. 2000)
Coming back in March 2000 from a major slump with foot and shoulder injuries.
Head to Head :
- Aug. 1999 du Maurier Open (hard) : 1R (W) 6-3, 6-4.
The top seed Silvija Talaja (CRO) was upset by Corina Morariu (USA), 2-6, 2-6, and the defending champion Asa Carlsson (SWE) was upset by Henrieta Nagyova (SVK), 4-6, 2-6 in the 2nd round today.

Tuesday, 07 November, 2000 - Wismilak International
According to the WTA Tour web board members, Miss Dokic arrived in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Iva Majoli and Silvia Farina-Elia will play their 1st round singles match on Court-1 today.
-- It may be that Wismilak International 2000 is a Tier3 (US$170,000) event, not Tier4b (US$110,000). This tourney reportedly will move from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bali, Indonesia for 2001. - Sorry, I do not have any more information...

Monday, 06 November, 2000 - Wismilak International, adidas International
The doubles draw is available. Miss Dokic will not play in the doubles at Wismilak International 2000.
She has ranked up to No.26 in the singles today. It is her highest-ever ranking in the WTA Tour.
ABC News Online reported on 31th October that Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard says entries for Sydney International close next month and he is still hopeful Miss Dokic will play. " She'd just make the cut-off but if she didn't, of course we'd give her a wildcard. "

Sunday, 05 November, 2000 - Sparkassen Cup, Wismilak International
According to the Sparkassen Cup official website, Kim Clijsters won her 2nd title of the season by defeating Elena Likhovtseva, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-4 in the final of singles today.
According to the WTA Tour web board members, Miss Dokic has been seeded No.2 and given a bye in the opening round of singles at Wismilak International 2000. She will play the winner of wildcard Iva Majoli (CRO) vs. Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) in the 2nd round. The top seeded player is Silvija Talaja (CRO), and the defending champion Asa Carlsson (SWE) has been seeded No.6. The doubles draw will be soon available.
-- Special thanks to Myu and Mamis for your reports from Kuala Lumpur !!

Saturday, 04 November, 2000 - Sparkassen Cup, Wismilak International
According to the Sparkassen Cup official website, Kim Clijsters upset the 3rd seed Anna Kournikova, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals today.
According to some WTA tour watchers, Miss Dokic seems to take part in Wismilak International, Tier4b hard court tournament, which will be held from 6th to 12th November at the National Tennis Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Friday, 03 November, 2000 (2) - Sparkassen Cup
According to the Sparkassen Cup official website, Miss Dokic suffered quarterfinal-round defeat in the singles, losing to unseeded Kim Clijsters in a full-sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (4) today.
-- It was a tough match for both players. Mr.Jorn Hansen reported on WTA web board " Jelena has a problem with her ankle or foot - a small break... " in 1st set, and " Jelena's foot seem to be OK. " in 2nd set. I wish it is not so serious in her condition...

Friday, 03 November, 2000 (1) - Sparkassen Cup
Kim Clijsters, the WTA Tour Most Impressive Newcomer of the Year 1999, upset Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1 yesterday to meet Miss Dokic in the quarterfinals today on Center Court. The winner will meet either the 5th seed Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) or the 3rd seed Anna Kournikova (RUS) in the semifinals tomorrow.
Photo quoted from website. Kim Clijsters
Current rank for singles : 31 (as of 30 Oct. 2000)
Head to Head :
- May. 1998 Astrid Bowl Int'l Junior Chmps. (clay) : F (W) 7-6, 6-2.
- Jul. 1998 Wimbledon Junior Chmps. (grass) : SF (L) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6.
- Sep. 1998 Canadian Junior Int'l Chmps. (hard) : QF (W) 7-6 (2), 6-4.
- Apr. 2000 Fed Cup WG-1R in Moscow. (supreme) : 2R (W) 7-6 (4), 5-7, 9-7.
Other matches in the quarterfinals of singles :
  Top seed Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) vs. 6th seed Barbara Schett (AUT)
  7th seed Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) def. 4th seed Elena Dementieva (RUS), 6-3, 6-0.

Thursday, 02 November, 2000 - Sparkassen Cup
According to the Sparkassen Cup official website, Miss Dokic is through to the quarterfinals of singles after posting a straight sets win over Barbara Rittner 7-6 (6), 6-2 on Center Court today.
-- I tried to login the Chat Rooms on the official website today, however, the webmaster announced " Unfortunately the chat with the winner of the match, Dokic - Rittner hast to be cancelled. "

Wednesday, 01 November, 2000 - Sparkassen Cup
According to the Sparkassen Cup official website, Miss Dokic advanced to the 2nd round of singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Andrea Glass, who reportedly recovered from a viral illness, in the 1st round yesterday. She was set to play tomorrow for a quarterfinal berth against local wildcard Barbara Rittner, who defeated qualifier Evelyn Fauth (AUT), 6-3, 7-5 in the 1st round yesterday. The winner will meet either Kim Clijsters (BEL), who ousted Ai Sugiyama (JPN), 6-0, 6-2 today, or the 2nd seed Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (ESP) who received a 1st-round bye.
Photo quoted from WTA Tour website. Barbara Rittner
Birth Date : 25 Apr. 1973
Plays : Right (two-handed backhand)
Current rank for singles : 105 (as of 30 Oct. 2000)
1991 Wimbledon Junior Singles Champion.
Head to Head : First meeting in singles

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