Sunday, 31 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Sarasota Open|
The 8th seed Serena Williams defeated top seed and world No.1 Jennifer Capriati, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Nasdaq-100 Open final yesterday to defend her sister's title in Miami. The doubles final will be played on Sunday between top seeded pair of Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs and 3rd seeded pair of Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suarez.
This year's clay-court season starts next week. Miss Dokic is commited to play at the Sarasota Open in Sarasota, the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island and the Family Circle Cup in Charleston in North America next month. After flying across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe in late April, she will play at the Betty Barclay Cup in Hamburg, the German Open in Berlin and the Italian open in Rome to defend her first senior tour title.
The Sarasota Open, new Tier4 green-clay tournament, is scheduled from 1st to 7th April at the Tennis complex in the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. The tournament draw ceremony seems to be held later today.
Wednesday, 27 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Saddlebrook Resort
A rainy day. Miss Dokic and partner Conchita Martinez lost to Justine Henin and Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6 in the 2nd round at the Nasdaq-100 Open yesterday.
The WTA Tour official website announced yesterday that they have entered into a multi-year partnership with the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Florida as the exclusive "Official U.S. Resort of the Sanex WTA Tour." The Saddlebrook Resort will offer full resort, entertainment and training services to the Tour's corporate sponsors, players, tournament directors and Tour staff and will be given usage rights of the Tour marks and on-site benefits at Tour events in the United States. The Resort is a 480-acre resort located 12 miles north of the city of Tampa. There are 45 tennis courts including all 4 Grand Slam surfaces, a fitness center and spa, 2 Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses, the Harry Hopman Tennis Academy and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. Saddlebrook is home to a number of the top-ranked players and rising stars including Miss Dokic.
Tuesday, 26 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Tennis ACT
The Tennis Australia's newsletter "21st Century Tennis e-update" (Issue #11 as of 25th March) reported that 1997 Japan Open Semifinalist Annabel Ellwood decided to halt her professional tennis career after 6 years on the circuit. She is still 24 years old. According to the article, she took up the post as a ACT coach and team manager for Australia's junior tennis squad. - She is my first foreign tennis player with whom I had a talk.
Miss Dokic and partner Conchita Martinez are scheduled to play at the 2nd match on the court-1 against unseeded but tough team of Justine Henin and Meghann Shaughnessy in the 2nd round today.
Monday, 25 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Ranking System
Miss Dokic made a 3rd-round exit from the singles competition in Miami after falling to 26th seed Anne Kremer again by similar scoreline to their last meeting, 3-6, 1-6 yesterday. - She reportedly appeared on the court with both her legs heavily taped. However, she was able to play 2 matches yesterday even if she has been still injured. She made 50 unforced errors compared to Kremer's 26. Did she have anything to learn through this defeat?
In the doubles, Miss Dokic and partner Conchita Martinez progressed to the 2nd round, fighting back after losing the 1st set to defeat Tathiana Garbin and Kveta Hrdlickova, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4 later yesterday. They will next face Justine Henin and Meghann Shaughnessy on Tuesday.
The Miami Herald reported today that the WTA Tour is considering to implement a Champions Race ranking system based on players' calendar-year results. Unlike the ATP, the WTA Tour is using only a 52-week rolling-ranking system now.
Sunday, 24 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, WTA Tour Championships
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play in the 3rd round of singles at today's 2nd match on the Grandstand Court against Anne Kremer, who defeated Tatiana Perebiynis, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the 2nd round on Saturday. The 26th seed from Luxembourg has won her past 2 matches against Miss Dokic with leading 2-1 in their head-to-head clashes. The winner will meet either 12th seed Elena Dementieva of Russia or 19th seed Barbara Schett of Austria for a quarter-final berth. Miss Dokic is also scheduled to play in the 1st round of doubles against Tathiana Garbin and Kveta Hrdlickova later today. Her partner Conchita Martinez has been defeated by 5th seed Monica Seles, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6 in the 2nd round on Saturday. In the top half of the singles draw, 6th seed Justine Henin was upset by unseeded Anna Smashnova of Israel in a tough 3 set battle, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6.
Saturday, 23 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, WTA Tour Championships
After receiving a first-round bye, Miss Dokic breezed through the 2nd round of the Nasdaq-100 Open 2002 Friday with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Marlene Weingartner at the rain-interrupted 4th match on Grandstand Court. She will next face the winner of a match between a qualifier Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine and 26th seed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg. This 2nd round match was rescheduled for today due to rain. Miss Dokic's 3rd round singles match and 1st round doubles match with partner Conchita Martinez are scheduled to play on Sunday.
The WTA Tour board voted Friday to move the WTA Tour Championships to the United States, but not to New York City, largely because attendance in Germany was lackluster last year. This year's event will be held in late October at Staples Center, home of NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, in Los Angeles, California, USA. The season-ending event, formerly named the Chase Championships, had been held at New York's Madison Square Garden since 1972 before being transferred to Munich last year. Octagon, the rights holder to the event, helped arrange the move to Munich and has proposed the move to Los Angeles.
Thursday, 21 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic's 2nd round opponent is Marlene Weingartner, who defeated local Kristina Brandi, 6-1, 6-1 in 46 minutes on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 20 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open
The Nasdaq-100 Open 2002 official website announced the doubles main draw. Miss Dokic will pair up again with Conchita Martinez of Spain. They have been seeded 5th and were drawn to play against Tathiana Garbin of Italy and Kveta Hrdlickova of Czech Republic in the 1st round. They are in same quarter of the draw as the top seeded pair of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs and a senior pair of Martina Navratilova and Natasha Zvereva.
- Our successful team in last season is returning to action for the first time since 2001 Wimbledon. It may be good news. However, I consider she had better play both in singles and doubles after making sure of complete recovering from a leg injury. As Mary Pierce having said, "the body is under different stress with matches than practice."
Tuesday, 19 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Fed Cup 2002
Miss Dokic seems to have decided to play in Miami from this week. The Nasdaq-100 Open 2002 official website announced the singles main draw. She was seeded 7th in the bottom half of the draw. Top 32 seeds in the 96-player women's field will receive byes into the 2nd round. She will play her 2nd round match against either Kristina Brandi of the United States or Marlene Weingartner of Germany on either Friday or Saturday. She was drawn to meet 26th seed Anne Kremer of Luxembourg in the 3rd round again and 12th seed Elena Dementieva of Russia in the 4th round. The quarter-final opponent probably will be 2nd seed and defending champion Venus Williams of the United States. Top seed is Jennifer Capriati of the United States. Main draw starts on Wednesday morning.
The ITF reannounced on Monday that the Fed Cup World Group tie between Australia and Belgium will be held on a red clay outdoor court at the Royal Leopold Club in Brussels from 27th to 28th April. Champions Belgium defeated Australia, 3-0 on clay in the round robin finals in Spain last year. The winner nation will advance to the quarter-finals in July against either Italy or Sweden.
Monday, 18 March, 2002 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova moved up her position to career high 17th from 26th in the world. Miss Dokic is still holding her 8th spot in the singles ranking and 10th in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 18 March 2002:
Sunday, 17 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open, NOVA ATP Challenger
18th seed Daniela Hantuchova captured her first career WTA Tour singles title by upsetting 2nd seed Martina Hingis, 6-3, 6-4 at Saturday's final at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. She became the lowest seed to win a Tier1 event since 1980, with breaking the record set by 14th seed Miss Dokic at the Tennis Masters Series of Roma (Italian Open) last year.
Main Draw Finals of the NOVA ATP Challenger - Osaka 2002 ($25,000 event) were played today at the Utsubo Tennis Center in Osaka, Japan. - Photos
Singles: Takao Suzuki (JPN) def. Bjorn Phau (GER), 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Doubles: K.Beck (SVK) / C.Kauffmann (FRA) def. L.Tieleman (ITA) / J.Van Lottum (NED), 7-5, 6-1
Saturday, 16 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open, Serbia and Montenegro
Daniela Hantuchova will play in the first WTA Tour final of her career today against 2nd seeded Martina Hingis, champion in 1998, in the Pacific Life Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. She reached the final with a 4-6 6-0 6-4 victory over Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland, while Martina Hingis advanced with a strong performance against 4th seeded Monica Seles, winning 6-3 6-2. On Friday, top seeded team of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs won the doubles title after defeating Elena Dementieva and Janette Husarova, 7-5, 6-0.
The Serbian Government official website announced on 14th March that the Serbian and Montenegrin leaders reached agreement on the future relations between the 2 republics within the Yugoslav federation on Thursday morning. The deal forms a new federal state which will be called "Serbia and Montenegro". The article reported that the agreement marked the end of 10 years of disintegration and crisis in the country since the breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991.
Tuesday, 12 March, 2002 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic seems to be seeking to play next week at Key Biscayne event, the newly named Nasdaq-100 Open Championship. The Tier1 hard-court tournament will be held from 20th to 31st March at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami, Florida, USA. The tournament draw ceremony will be held on Monday afternoon of 18th March. Women's singles final is scheduled to be played on Saturday of 30th March.
At the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Slovakia's 18-year-old Daniela Hantuchova continued to progress toward the final, upsetting 3rd seeded Justine Henin, 6-3, 6-3 in the 4th round yeaterday. Despite a recent slump, Spaniard veteran Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario also advanced to the quarter-finals after beating 2 young players, Katarina Srebotnik and 19th seed Daja Bedanova, and upsetting 7th seed Silvia Farina Elia.
Monday, 11 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic made another early exit yesterday with a 3-6 0-6 loss to 26th seed Anne Kremer in the 3rd round of the Pacific Life Open 2002. According to Sunday's post-match interview, she hurt the other leg in the 3rd set of Saturday's 2nd round match against Elena Bovina and then went into the court yesterday with both legs heavily taped. She said it was muscle strain. She has been struggling with a right thigh injury suffered in Paris a month ago.
- It was a great shock to hear about her another injury. I do wish she will take it easy and have a full recovery.
Sunday, 10 March, 2002 (2) - Pacific Life Open, WTA Championships, Shimadzu Indoor
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play against 26th seed Anne Kremer at the 2nd match on the Stadium Court on Sunday. The winner will meet either 12th seed Lisa Raymond or 24th seed Tatiana Panova in the 4th round on Monday. Sunday's 1st match between 3rd seed Justine Henin and 30th seed Adriana Serra-Zanetti starts at 10:00 a.m. (local time). According to the ABC News Online, Miss Dokic appeared to move uncomfortably around the court yesterday with her right leg still heavily bandaged.
The Sanex WTA seems to be considering moving its year-end Tour Championships back to the United States after only one year in Munch, Germany. A number of players and officials feel that the decreased publicity from holding the event in Germany will hurt the tour financially in the long-run. New York and Los Angeles are considered having the best shot at hosting the Championships, Tennisreporters.net reported yesterday.
Singles finals of the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships 2002 were played today at the Kyoto City Gymnasium in Kyoto, Japan. - Photos
Women's Final (JTT event): Haruka Inoue (JPN) def. Kaori Aoyama (JPN), 6-4, 6-3.
Men's Final (ATP event): Takao Suzuki (JPN) def. Mario Ancic (CRO), 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2.
Sunday, 10 March, 2002 (1) - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic survived a tough 3 set match in 1 hour 48 minutes on Saturday. She dropped the opening set before fighting back to defeat unseeded Elena Bovina, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the 2nd round of the Pacific Life Open 2002.
She will next face 26th seed Anne Kremer on Sunday to gain revenge for her 2nd round loss in Tokyo in January.
Saturday, 09 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open, World Team Tennis
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play at the opening match on the Stadium Court against Russian Elena Bovina today. This 2nd round match of the Pacific Life Open 2002 is due to start at 10:00 a.m. (local time). World No.3 and top-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters was upset by Nathalie Dechy of France, 2-6, 5-7 in the 2nd round yesterday. Kim Clijsters had not played since Australian Open in January due to a stress fracture to her upper right arm.
The World Team Tennis relocated its headquarters to New York City from Chicago this month. There are 9 teams in the Tyco WTT Professional League. Each team is comprised of 4 players (2 men and 2 women). The Marquee Player Draft will be held on 3rd April and the Roster Player Draft is scheduled on 10th April. Miss Dokic was picked by the Delaware Smash team (owner: Billie Jean King) at the Roster Player Draft in April, 2001. However she did not participate in last season's league and was replaced by local Holly Parkinson.
Thursday, 07 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open
Russian tennis prospect Maria Sharapova made her tour debut as a wild card entrant at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over local Brie Rippner on Wednesday. She is still 14 year old and has been a resident at IMG's Bollettieri Tennis Academy since the age of 7.
After taking 2 weeks off to rest her right leg, Miss Dokic will play her first match on Friday or Saturday against Elena Bovina, who defeated local Samantha Reeves in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 06 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic will not participate in the doubles competition at Indian Wells. The Pacific Life Open 2002 official website announced the doubles main draw, in which her name was not included. To our surprise, four-time Olympian Natasha Zvereva of Belarus came back to the tour to play in the doubles with partner Martina Navratilova. It is her first major appearance since she suffered first-round exit in the singles after losing to Argentine rising star Maria Emilia Salerni and reached the doubles semi-finals with partner Olga Barabanschikova at the Sydney Olympic Games in September, 2000.
In the singles competition, Elena Bovina of Russia will meet local lucky loser Samantha Reeves at the 2nd match on the court-4 today.
Tuesday, 05 March, 2002 - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic seems to return to action this week at the newly named Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. The official website reported that she has arrived at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California. It is her first tournament since suffering a leg injury in February. The singles main draw of this Tier1 hard-court tournament has been already announced. Miss Dokic was seeded 5th in the top half of the draw. Top 32 seeds in a 96 field will receive byes into the 2nd round. She will play her 2nd round match against either Elena Bovina of Russia or a qualifier on Thursday or later. She was drawn to meet 3rd seed Justine Henin of Belgium in the quarter-finals and probably will face top seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium or 6th seed Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States in the semi-finals. Main draw starts on Wednesday morning. The final will be played on Saturday afternoon of 16th March.
Monday, 04 March, 2002 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Kim Clijsters of Belgium moved up her position to career high 3rd in the world. Serena Williams won her first title of the year after defeating top seed Jennifer Capriati in Sunday's final of the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic 2002 at Scottsdale, Arizona. Australian Open champion Jennifer Capriati would have regained top spot if she had won the final. Meanwhile Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik claimed her second career title with win over Paola Suarez at the Abierto Mexicano Pegaso 2002 in Acapulco on Saturday. She won her previous title in 1999 at the Estoril Open and lost in the final of the Copa Colsanitas 2002 in Bogota last month.
Miss Dokic is still holding her 8th spot in the singles ranking and 10th in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 04 March 2002:
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