Thursday, 31 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open|
Miss Dokic lost her first singles match of the year to Anne Kremer, 5-7, 2-6 at the Toray Pan Pacific Open today.
After a 2nd-round exit from the singles competition, she and partner Iroda Tulyaganova survived a tough 3 set battle against Argentine pair of Maria Emilia Salerni and Patricia Tarabini, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6). They will next face either top seeded pair of Lisa Raymond (USA) & Rennae Stubbs (AUS) or Asian pair of Janet Lee (TPE) & Wynne Prakusya (INA) in Saturday's semi-finals.
I will travel to Tokyo again tomorrow, so I am sorry I can not update this site until Sunday or Monday.
Wednesday, 30 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
Miss Dokic and partner Iroda Tulyaganova cruised past Magui Serna and Asa Svensson, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open today. They will next meet Argentine pair of young Maria Emilia Salerni and veteran Patricia Tarabini at the 4th match on the Court-2 tomorrow.
In the singles competition, Miss Dokic is scheduled to play at the 3rd match on the Court-1 tomorrow against Anne Kremer, who defeated Elena Likhovtseva, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the 1st round today. The winner will face either 7th seed Elena Dementieva or wild-card Anna Kournikova in Friday's quarter-finals.
Tuesday, 29 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
The Toray Pan Pacific Open 2002 started at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium today. Miss Dokic will make her WTA Tour season debut tomorrow. She is due to play at Wednesday's last match on the Court-1 in the doubles 1st round against Magui Serna and Asa Svensson. Partner Iroda Tulyaganova unfortunately lost to Rita Grande, 6-7 (7), 3-6 in today's 1st round of the singles. Meanwhile, Anne Kremer and Elena Likhovtseva will play off in the 2nd match on the Court-2 earlier tomorrow.
Monday, 28 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
Qualifying final round matches at the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2002 were played at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium today, and 4 players - Alexandra Stevenson (USA), Katarina Srebotnik (SLO), Saori Obata (JPN) and Els Callens (BEL) - entered in the singles main draw.
The official website announced the doubles main draw today. Miss Dokic and Iroda Tulyaganova, for the first time in their tour career, will pair up for a opening match against Magui Serna of Spain and Asa Svensson of Sweden.
Miss Dokic attended a press conference alongside other top players in Tokyo today.
Sunday, 27 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
The Toray Pan Pacific Open 2002 official website announced the singles main draw today. Miss Dokic was seeded 2nd and received a first-round bye in the bottom half of the draw. She will play her 2nd round match against either Anne Kremer of Luxembourg or Elena Likhovtseva of Russia on Wednesday or Thursday. She was drawn to meet 7th seed Elena Dementieva or wild-card Anna Kournikova in the quarter-finals, and 3rd seed Monica Seles or 8th seed Amanda Coetzer in the semi-finals. Top seeded player is 2002 Australian Open runner-up, Martina Hingis of Switzerland.
She seems to team up with Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan in the doubles, however, the doubles draw is not yet available.
Main draw starts on Tuesday. Qualifying are now played by 32 players from Saturday to Monday. After the qualifying 2nd round matches this afternoon, Miss Dokic, wearing a black sleeveless shirt and a white short pants, appeared on No.2 court of the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in order to practice with Daja Bedanova of Czech Republic. I heard yesterday that she and her mother had arrived in Tokyo last Friday.
Wednesday, 16 January, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
The Toray Pan Pacific Open 2002 website officially announced the withdrawal of Lindsay Davenport and Serena Willams due to injury.
Injury List of Top 10 Players:
1. Jennifer Capriati (USA): Hip injury
2. Lindsay Davenport (USA): Knee injury
3. Venus Williams (USA): Knee injury
4. Martina Hingis (SUI): Thigh problem (after 3 months off with an ankle injury)
5. Kim Clijsters (BEL): Arm problem
6. Serena Williams (USA): Ankle injury
7. Jelena Dokic (YUG)
8. Justine Henin (BEL)
9. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA): Neck and shoulder problems
10. Monica Seles (USA)
Monday, 14 January, 2002 - Australian Open, Toray Pan Pacific Open
According to the official website, 5th seed Serena Williams announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open prior to the start of play due to an ankle injury sustained at last week's adidas International in Sydney. She was replaced by Lina Krasnoroutskaya of Russia, who was rescheduled to play against Conchita Martinez in tomorrow's opening round in the bottom half of the draw as the 33rd seed. Lucky loser Pavlina Nola of New Zealand took Lina Krasnoroutskaya's original place to play against Janette Husarova of Slovakia. Men's 3rd seed and defending champion Andre Agassi has also withdrawn due to a wrist injury.
The Toray Pan Pacific Open official website has erased the name of Serena Willams from the players list. Lindsay Davenport also will be forced to withdraw due to injury. So the top seed will be Martina Hingis and Miss Dokic could be named the 2nd seed, if someone ranked ahead of them will not participate in the Tier1 event which begins on 29th January in Tokyo.
Sunday, 13 January, 2002 (2) - Australian Open
This year's first Grand Slam tournament starts tomorrow. The singles main draws for the 2002 Australian Open were announced on last Friday at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. Lindsay Davenport, world No.1 at the end of last year, has withdrawn from the event due to her right knee injury. The Associated Press reported on Friday that the recovery will require 4-to-6 months of rehabilitation as her doctor's comment.
Top Half of the Draw
Defending Champion Jennifer Capriati, returning to world No.1 on Monday, became the top seed. She was drawn to meet 7th seed Amelie Mauresmo in the quarter-finals with a possible semi-final against either 4th seed Kim Clijsters, a favorite of the Aussies, or another Belgian 6th seed Justine Henin. Justine Henin starts off against unseeded Anna Kournikova in the 1st round and should meet 12th seed Elena Dementieva in the 4th round before meeting her compatriot rival.
Bottom Half of the Draw
Former world No.1 Martina Hingis, who defended her adidas International title in Sydney yesterday after coming back from an ankle injury suffered last October, was seeded 3rd. She was drawn to face 5th seed Serena Williams in the quarter-finals and 2nd seed Venus Williams in the semi-finals. Venus Williams could meet former world No.1 and 8th seed Monica Seles in the quarter-finals. Last seeded player is Slovak rising star Daniela Hantuchova.
Opening Round Matches of My Faves
Sunday, 13 January, 2002 (1) - WTA Rankings
Sanex WTA Tour official website released today the ranking lists for 14 January 2002. Before hitting her first tennis ball in the Tour since Munich last November, Miss Dokic moves up her position to No.7 in the world on Monday with passing Justine Henin of Belgium. It is her highest-ever singles ranking in the WTA Tour. She is still holding her 12th position in the doubles ranking.
Monday, 07 January, 2002 - Octagon
Miss Dokic seems to have terminated the contract with her management company, Octagon. The Tampa Bay Online.com reported today that she had brought in a lawsuit against Octagon Marketing and Athlete Representation Inc. on 3rd January in Hillsborough County. According to the article, her lawsuit alleges that Octagon breached its contract by failing to pay her and improperly taking fees. And also the agency allegedly continues to represent her negotiating, merchandising and tournaments without her permission. But I am not sure what the trouble was. The contract was reportedly negotiated when she was 16 years old. Her parents also signed because she was a minor.
Saturday, 05 January, 2002 - Australian Open
The Age.com reported today that Miss Dokic's father will make his Australian television advertising debut tomorrow for Kia Motors Corporation, the major sponsor of the Australian Open. Mr.Ric Hull, managing director of Kia Automotive Australia, reportedly said: "we wanted someone who was not only instantly recognisable but who would also grab the attention of viewers".
Thursday, 03 January, 2002 - ITF World Champions
The International Tennis Federation announced the list of 2001 ITF World Champions today. The World Champions will be presented with their awards at the ITF World Champions Dinner, which will be held in Paris during Roland Garros 2002.
Tuesday, 01 January, 2002 - A Happy New Year
Best of luck to Miss Dokic and all of her supporters for the New Year! 2002 Tour has already started in Australia and New Zealand. For the first time since she turned pro in 1998, Miss Dokic greeted the new season as a top 10 player. We Japanese fans are waiting for her to come to Tokyo late this month.
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