Tuesday, 27 November, 2001 - Fed Cup 2002|
The draw for the 2002 Fed Cup World Group took place at the ITF headquarters in London on Tuesday. According to the "This Week" Special Edition, 2002 competition will be played over 3 weeks by 16-nation World Group. Weeks 1 and 2 will be played on a home-and-away format. Australia will face the defending champion in Belgium in the 1st week, which will be played on the weekend of 27-28 April, 2002. The 2nd week will be held on the weekend of 20-21 July. The 1st round draw for 2002 World Group is as follows ("*" indicates host nation):
Thursday, 22 November, 2001 - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge
The South China Morning Post website reported today some information about the 2002 exhibition tournament which will be held from 3rd to 6th January at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. (cf. HKTPA reported the dates as "January 2-5".) Miss Dokic won the 2001 event, Watson's Water Challenge, both in singles and doubles competition. However, title sponsor Watson's Water has reduced its financial commitment for the 2002 event. The format will be similar to this year with the 8 players drawn and playing a straight knockout competition. Drawcards, including world top players and 2 of the leading Asian players, will be soon announced by local organisers, the Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association.
Monday, 19 November, 2001 - Yugoslav Airlines
According to the Sportska Centrala website, the Yugoslav Aero-Transport (JAT) announced today on a press conference that Miss Dokic will be an official promoter of the JAT. The short article in Serb is as follows:
Dokic promoter JAT-a
Najbolja jugoslovenska teniserka Jelena Dokic ce u narednom periodu biti promoter Jugoslovenskog avio transporta (JAT) u onoj meri u kojoj joj takmicarske i sponzorske obaveze budu dozvolile, istakao je danas komercijalni direktor JAT-a Dragan Nikitovic.
19. 11. 2001.
Friday, 16 November, 2001 - WTA Tour 2002
The Sanex WTA Tour official website has announced changes to the computer ranking point tables. Under the new ranking system, there will be greater differences between round points offered at Grand Slams, Tier1 and Tier2-5 events, depending upon the prize money and draw size. In addition, the doubles ranking will be processed on the basis of best 11 tournament results that a player has played in the past 52 weeks, replacing the best 13 system.
The Sanex WTA Tour also released the 2002 Tour event calendar on Friday.
Notable changes on the 2002 schedule are as follows:
February - Antwerp, Belgium (existing event in Nice moves to Antwerp for 1 year)
February - Memphis, Tennessee, USA (existing Oklahoma City event moves to Memphis)
April - Sarasota, Florida, USA (new city, new event)
July - Brussels, Belgium (existing event in Knokke Heist moves to Brussels)
August - Helsinki, Finland (new city, new event)
October - Aarhus, Denmark (new city, new event)
Monday, 12 November, 2001 - Fed Cup 2001
Belgium won the title for the first time in their history after defeating Russia, 2-1 in the Fed Cup World Final in Madrid on Sunday. The following are final results.
2001 Fed Cup Final
Belgium def. Russia, 2-1.
Justine Henin (BEL) def. Nadia Petrova (RUS), 6-0, 6-3.
Kim Clijsters (BEL) def. Elena Dementieva (RUS), 6-0, 6-4.
Likhovtseva/Petrova (RUS) def. Callens/Courtois (BEL), 7-5, 7-6(2).
Sunday, 11 November, 2001 - Fed Cup 2001
Belgium booked its final berth in the Fed Cup with a 3-0 win over host nation Spain yesterday in Madrid. Russia and Belgium will play in the final today. The following are round-robin standings.
World Finals Group-A Standings
Saturday, 10 November, 2001 - Australian Open, Fed Cup 2001
Reuters and the Australian media reported yesterday Miss Dokic's decision to miss the first Grand Slam tournament in 2002 in Melbourne. Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee was quoted in the article as saying: "I think time will help... The Australian Open is I'm sure a tournament she would like to win one day."
Australia's team lost its final tie in the Group B against top seed Belgium, 0-3 yesterday in Madrid. Belgium and Spain were set up a meeting today for a spot in the final of the 2001 Fed Cup. The winner of Saturday's Group B tie will face Russia's team, the winner with 3 points from 3 ties in Group A, in the final on Sunday.
The following are Friday's results.
Russia def. France, 2-1.
Argentina def. Czech Republic, 2-1.
Spain def. Germany, 2-1.
Belgium def. Australia, 3-0.
Justine Henin (BEL) def. Rachel McQuillan (AUS), 7-5 6-0.
Kim Clijsters (BEL) def. Alicia Molik (AUS), 6-3, 6-3.
Callens/Clijsters (BEL) def. McQuillan/Molik (AUS), 6-4, 6-2.
Friday, 09 November, 2001 - Fed Cup 2001
Australia's team has lost its chance to reach the Fed Cup final after falling to Germany, 0-3 yesterday in Madrid.
The following are Thursday's results.
France def. Czech Republic, 3-0.
Russia def. Argentina, 3-0.
Germany def. Australia, 3-0.
Bianka Lamade (GER) def. Alicia Molik (AUS), 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Barbara Rittner (GER) def. Nicole Pratt (AUS), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Muller/Werner (GER) def. McQuillan/Pratt (AUS), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Thursday, 08 November, 2001 - Fed Cup 2001
The Fed Cup World Group Final 2001 is underway on the clay courts of the Institute Ferial Exhibition Centre in Madrid, Spain. The defending champion United States withdrew with the concerns over security and has been replaced by Germany. Australia's team, Nicole Pratt, Alicia Molik, Rachel McQuillan, Evie Dominikovic and Captain Lesley Bowrey, played tough matches against host nation Spain yesterday. The following are Wednesday's results.
Russia def. Czech Republic, 2-1.
Belgium def. Germany, 3-0.
Spain def. Australia, 3-0.
Conchita Martinez (ESP) def. Alicia Molik (AUS), 2-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) def. Nicole Pratt (AUS), 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Ruano-Pascual/Leon Garcia (ESP) def. McQuillan/Dominikovic (AUS), 7-5, 6-4.
Wednesday, 07 November, 2001 - Press Conference, Octagon
Miss Dokic held a press conference in Belgrade yesterday with the officials of Yugoslav Tennis Association. According to the local reports for the Jelena-Dokic.com, she reportedly said that she would stay in Yugoslavia for 2 or 3 months and was going to start next season in Tokyo (Toray Pan Pacific Open), skipping the Australian Open. Mr.Radmilo Armenulic seems not to work with Miss Dokic as her travelling coach next year. Yugoslav tennis officials also announced that they would asked her to play for the Yugoslav Fed Cup team in the future. (she has yet to respond to the offer, according to the AFP.) In the meantime, Australian Fed Cup team is set to play against host nation Spain today in Madrid.
Miss Dokic has reportedly discharged Octagon as her management company within the last 2 weeks. However Octagon has not commented on her status and she has not yet announced a new management company, the Tennis Week reported yesterday.
Tuesday, 06 November, 2001 - Singles Statistics
Miss Dokic played 76 singles matches this year. (excluding 5 exhibition matches)
Statistics show that she has won in straight sets on nearly 80 percent of her 53 winning matches.
Monday, 05 November, 2001 - Year-end Rankings
The WTA Tour official website announced new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic is holding her No.8 spot in the singles and ranked up to No.12 in the doubles. This is her highest-ever ranking in the WTA Tour. Despite withdrawing from the final match of the WTA Championships due to a injury, Lindsay Davenport finished this year as world No.1. The WTA Tour announced that it has plans to modify the system in a way which should weight the ranking points more heavily in favour of Grand Slams during 2002.
Sunday, 04 November, 2001 (2) - Sanex Championships, Volvo Women's Open
According to the Sanex WTA Tour Championships 2001 official website, Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the singles final in Munich because of a knee injury. Her opponent Serena Williams won the season-ending final championships by default. In the doubles final, top seeded pair of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs won the title with defeating 3rd seeded pair of Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
The singles and doubles main draws of the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya are now available. Miss Dokic's name was not included in the draws. Top seeded player is Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan.
Sunday, 04 November, 2001 (1) - Sanex Championships
Correction! I quite forgot that Serena Williams (now No.10) is still playing in Munich. Miss Dokic passed Amelie Mauresmo (now No.7) but will stay at No.8 spot in the WTA singles ranking, since Serena Williams moved up to No.7, reaching the final in Munich yesterday. According to the Sanex WTA Tour Championships 2001 official website, Serena Williams overpowered Sandrine Testud, 6-3, 6-0 and Lindsay Davenport managed to defeat Kim Clijsters, 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in the semi-finals.
Saturday, 03 November, 2001 - Volvo Women's Open
Miss Dokic will withdraw from the Volvo Women's Open, which will be held next week at Dusit Resort in Pattaya, 147 km southeast of Bangkok, Thailand. And now she is going to go back to Yugoslavia again this month to have a rest. The information will be confirmed when the official website will announce the draws tomorrow.
I heard that Miss Dokic ended off her fantastic 2001 tour with moving up her position to No.7 in the WTA singles ranking next Monday by progressing to the quarter-finals in the WTA Tour Championships in Munich and will start her next season in Tokyo, Japan at the end of January, 2002. To our surprise, she seems to skip over Australia's Summer Circuit 2002. - Special thanks to Mamis for your reports from Munich.
There is another news around her. A board member of the WTAworld.com, ILUVJELENA reported an article on the forum on 30th October. Mr.Radmilo Armenulic, Yugoslav National Teams Director, reportedly will work with Miss Dokic on a permanent basis next year. She has been already supported by fitness trainer Mr.Mike Nishihara since this summer.
Thursday, 01 November, 2001 - Sanex Championships
Her fruitful European indoor-court season was over with a little bit bitter taste. According to the Sanex WTA Tour Championships 2001 official website, Miss Dokic suffered 6th defeat to 2nd seed Lindsay Davenport in a straight-sets, 4-6, 2-6 at the opening match today in Munich. - Pictures
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