Saturday, 31 March, 2001 - Fed Cup, Ericsson Open|
The Daily Telegraph (news.com.au) reported yesterday that Australia's Fed Cup captain Lesley Bowrey had given up settling the personal issues that had split Miss Dokic from the Australian team. Lesley Bowrey reportedly said: "I did everything possible to persuade Jelena to represent against Austria next month in Adelaide." and "At the Australian Open (January), Jelena told me she didn't know whether she would play and when I spoke to her in America, she said 'No' and did not give a reason." Her former personal coach also said: "She can't play for Yugoslavia for another two years, so who knows ? But I do feel it is time that we went our separate ways."
At the Ericsson Open, Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati will play the final of singles today. In the semi-finals, Venus Williams defeated Martina Hingis, 6-3, 7-6 (6) on Thursday, and Jennifer Capriati ousted Elena Dementieva, 6-2, 6-0 on Friday.
Wednesday, 28 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
Miss Dokic suffered quarter-finals round defeat yesterday, losing to 3rd seeded Venus Williams in a straight-sets, 2-6, 3-6. Martina Hingis defeated Anke Huber, 7-5, 6-0 in another match in the quarter-finals yesterday.
Her next tournament will be the Bausch & Lomb Championships, Tier2a clay court tournament, which will be held from 9th to 15th April at Amelia Island Plantation, Florida.
Her father's ban will finish in a few days. He has been banned from all WTA Tour events from 2nd October 2000 through 31st March 2001 for his behavior at the WTA events. He seems to be going to go back on the road with her as it was before. She said "I'm actually looking forward to that..." in Monday's post-match interview.
Tuesday, 27 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
The 6-3 7-5 victory put Miss Dokic into the quarter-finals of the Ericsson Open. She gained revenge for her 2 times loss in Japan last month with a straight-sets win over Amanda Coetzer in the 4th round yesterday, and will face 3rd seeded Venus Williams, who defeated Tathiana Garbin, 7-5 7-6 (2) yesterday, at the 3rd match on Stadium Court today. The winner will meet either top seeded Martina Hingis (SUI) or 10th seeded Anke Huber (GER) in the semi-finals. In other quarter-finals matches, 5th seeded Serena Williams (USA) will play 4th seeded Jennifer Capriati (USA), and 7th seeded Elena Dementieva (RUS) will play 2nd seeded Lindsay Davenport (USA) tomorrow.
Monday, 26 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
Miss Dokic is through to the 4th round of singles after posting a straight-sets win over Marta Marrero yesterday, 6-2, 6-1. She will play today's 3rd match on Court 1 against 6th seeded Amanda Coetzer, who ousted Iva Majoli, 6-3, 6-3 yesterday in the 3rd round. The winner will face either 3rd seeded Venus Williams (USA) or Tathiana Garbin (ITA) in the quarter-finals.
Sunday, 25 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play today's 1st match on Court 3 from 11:00 am against Marta Marrero in the 3rd round of singles. The winner will face either Iva Majoli (CRO) or 6th seeded Amanda Coetzer (RSA) in the next round.
Her photograph at the Kids' Day event and the post-match interview after defeating Miroslava Vavrinec are available on the Ericsson Open official website.
Kids' Day Photo
It is a good photograph at which she is smiling together with a child. The racquet which she has seems to be HEAD i.S6, but it is not sure either midplus model (102sq.in.) or oversize model (112sq.in.).
She said about a rest for 2 months: "It was actually a good period for me, because I can work on my game and my fitness." and "I've been a little steadier and working on serves and returns, which I think I've improved."
About practice partners: "I've been hitting with guys and I have one of the guys that's really good, I hit with him all of the time (in Saddle Brook)." and "I've been hitting with Jennifer (Capriati) and the pros that come in and out."
About this year's schedule: "I'll be going to Amelia and Charleston after this, and then I'll be playing all the clay court tournaments and I'm just going to play whatever I can."
About her father: "He still works with me. He works on my game and tells me what to do, and I feel most comfortable that way.... , but I think, you know, whoever's with me, it works out well."
About her nationality: "I made up my decision there (at the Aus Open), and I think I haven't even thought about it since because I don't think it's a huge issue.... That's the last thing I should be worrying about."
About Fed Cup: "I'm not considering playing Fed Cup for anybody right now... because it's right between tournaments which I'm playing." and "Even if it was, you know, an hour's travel for me, I probably still wouldn't play it because I'm concentrating on my tournaments."
Saturday, 24 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
Miss Dokic fought her way back from a set down to defeat Miroslava Vavrinec yesterday, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and set up a meeting in the 3rd round with Spanish clay-court player Marta Marrero, who defeated Francesca Schiavone (ITA), 6-1, 6-2 in the 1st round and upset 12th seeded Magdalena Maleeva (BUL), 6-4, 6-3 in the 2nd round yesterday.
Friday, 23 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
Miss Dokic and her partner Sandra Nacuk suffered 1st round loss to Rita Grande and Iva Majoli in doubles yesterday, 4-6, 2-6. She is scheduled to play today's 4th match on Court 2 against Miroslava Vavrinec in singles.
Thursday, 22 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open, Fed Cup
Miss Dokic's 2nd round opponent is Miroslava Vavrinec who defeated Sonya Jeyaseelan yesterday, 6-2, 6-1.
Miss Dokic and partner Sandra Nacuk are scheduled to play today's 3rd match on Court 9 in doubles.
According to the Ericsson Open official website, she took part in the Kids' Day event at Crandon Park with Marc Rosset yesterday for more than 2,000 kids from Miami-Dade County schools.
Wednesday, 21 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
The women's doubles draw is available. Miss Dokic will team up again with Yugoslav Sandra Nacuk who was ranked No.84 in the latest doubles ranking. They have paired up for the Swisscom Challenge and reached the quarterfinals in October, 2000. They will play a 1st round match against Rita Grande (ITA) and Iva Majoli (CRO). The 1st round doubles matches are scheduled to play from Thursday through Saturday.
The Sonya Jeyaseelan vs Miroslava Vavrinec match is scheduled for today from 11:00 am on Court 4.
Tuesday, 20 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open
The Ericsson Open 2001 official website announced the main draw of singles today.
Miss Dokic has been seeded No.21 and given a bye in the opening round of singles. She will play the winner of Sonya Jeyaseelan (CAN) and Miroslava Vavrinec (SUI) in the 2nd round. Women's 2nd round matches are scheduled to play on Friday and Saturday.
Although she is still listed as an Australian player on "Women's 2001 Player List", her name is listed with "YUG" on "2001 Draw Sheets - Women's Singles" of the Ericsson Open 2001 official website.
Sunday, 18 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open etc.
Some reports on the WTA Tour Web Board and Jelena-Dokic.com Messageboard suggested that Miss Dokic seemed to be going to play for Australia again (not for Yugoslavia). Miss Dokic was listed with "AUS" as her country on "Women's 2001 Player List" page of the Ericsson Open 2001 website and also on "Players" page of the 2001 Bausch & Lomb Championships website. She was officially listed as an Australian player on "Player Database" of the ITF's official website and also on "Offical Rankings" (as of March 5th) of the SanexWTA Tour official website. Tennis Australia official website and Australia's major sports newssites are keeping silence about this matter.
-- This change is a little strange, but will be soon confirmed or denied officially. Thanks to "DokicFan" and "tdsinusa" for your researches and reports.
Saturday, 17 March, 2001 - Ericsson Open etc.
Miss Dokic is scheduled to make her 2nd Tour appearance for this year at the Ericsson Open 2001, Tier1 hard court tournament, which will be held from 21st March to 1st April at the Crandon Park in Miami, Florida, USA.
In addition, she has committed to play in 3 clay court tournaments - the Bausch & Lomb Championships which starts from 9th April in Amelia Island, the Family Circle Cup which starts from 16th April in Charleston and the Betty Barclay Cup which starts from 30th April in Hamburg.
Tennis Australia has not yet announced their squad members for the upcoming Fed Cup by 1st round encounter against Austria on 28-29 April.
Tuesday, 06 March, 2001 - Fed Cup
The Age reported today that Australia's Nicole Pratt, Rennae Stubbs and Rachel McQuillan have been in constant contact with Miss Dokic and have been trying to encourage her to return to the Australian Fed Cup team for next month's first-round tie against Austria in Adelaide. According to this article, Tennis Australia has scheduled a specialist training camp in Adelaide from 23 April, 5 days before the grasscourt tie begins against Austrian team.
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