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Archived news - April, 2002.

Monday, 29 April, 2002 (2) - Betty Barclay Cup, Kim Clijsters
According to the Betty Barclay Cup 2002 official website, Miss Dokic is scheduled to play against Anastasia Myskina at the 3rd match on the Centre Court tomorrow. The official website also announced the doubles main draw today. Miss Dokic will team up again with Conchita Martinez of Spain. They have been seeded 3rd and were drawn to play against Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios of Paraguay and Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan in the 1st round. They are in same half of the draw as the 2nd seeded pair of Daniela Hantuchova and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.
The Sydney Morning Herald and BBC Sport reported today that Belgian top player Kim Clijsters is considering moving to Australia to be with her boyfriend, ATP's Lleyton Hewitt. She was quoted as saying: "It's hard. I love both countries and it's a bit of a dilemma for me...I love playing for Belgium and my family is Belgian and everything, but I love Australia and I love to go to Australia, and I'd love to live in Australia because the weather is so much better than here in Belgium. I don't know. It's something that I have to think about." The Tennis Australia spokesman John Lindsay reportedly told Reuters that a player would have to maintain a residence in Australia for 2 years, hold an Australian passport and be inactive in the Fed Cup for 3 years in order to represent Australia in the Fed Cup. "Obviously we would be delighted if the world number three came knocking on our door. But she hasn't said that's her intention."

Monday, 29 April, 2002 (1) - Betty Barclay Cup, Fed Cup 2002
Miss Dokic begins her European clay-court season this week in Hamburg. The Betty Barclay Cup 2002 official website announced the singles main draw yesterday. Miss Dokic was seeded 5th in the bottom half of the draw. She was set to play against Anastasia Myskina of Russia in the 1st round before facing either Conchita Martinez or local wildcard Marlene Weingartner in the next round. She has been drawn to face 4th seeded Justine Henin in the quarter-finals and 2nd seeded Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals. The top 4 seeds, defending champion Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters, Martina Hingis and Justine Henin, have byes into the 2nd round in the 28 field. Main draw starts on Tuesday.
Photo quoted from the CBS SportsLine website. Anastasia Myskina (Russia)
Birth Date: 08 Jul. 1981
Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 29 (as of 29 Apr. 2002)
2002 Family Circle Cup Singles Quarterfinalist
2001 Kremlin Cup Singles Semifinalist
2000 Prokom Polish Open Singles Semifinalist
1999 Singles Champion in Palermo as a qualifier
Head to Head: First meeting in singles
According to the ITF On-line, the defending nation Belgium advanced to the Fed Cup quarter-finals after defeating Australia, 3-1 in last weekend's World Group 1st Round Tie in Brussels. Belgium will next meet Italy, who defeated Sweden, 5-0 in Milan. Australia will play in the Playoffs in July between the other 7 1st round losers and the top 8 regional qualifiers for a place in next year's World Group.
World Group 1st Round: Belgium def. Australia, 3-1
  Sunday's Results
   Nicole Pratt (AUS) def. Els Callens (BEL), 6-2, 6-4
   Justine Henin (BEL) def. Alicia Molik (AUS), 6-2, 6-1
   Nicole Pratt / Rennae Stubbs (AUS) vs. Els Callens / Laurence Courtois (BEL), 7-6 (2), abandoned due to rain
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 10's standings. Miss Dokic is holding her 9th spot in the singles and the 10th spot in the doubles.

Sunday, 28 April, 2002 - Fed Cup 2002, Bridgestone Kyoto Open
According to the ITF On-line, Yugoslavia lost at Saturday's Fed Cup Regional Play-Off Round but remains in the Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1. Israel, Netherlands, Slovenia and Ukraine progressed to the World Group Qualifying Round, which will be played on 20th and 21st July.
Saturday's Results of the Play Off Round in Antalya
  Slovenia def. Yugoslavia, 2-0 (doubles not played)
   Maja Matevzic (SLO) def. Jelena Jankovic (YUG), 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
   Tina Pisnik (SLO) def. Dragana Zaric (YUG), 6-1, 6-3
  Ukraine def. Bulgaria, 2-1
  Netherlands def. Luxembourg, 2-1
  Israel def. Estonia, 2-0 (doubles not played)
According to the Tennis Australia, Australia's Fed Cup team lost 2 rubbers on the 1st day of the World Group 1st Round Tie against Belgium in Brussels. Australia needs to win both reverse singles and the doubles on Sunday to advance to the 2nd round against either Italy or Sweden. Belgian top player Kim Clijsters reportedly pulled out from the 2nd day's singles with a recurrence of her arm injury and has been replaced by Els Callens.
Saturday's Results of the World Group 1st Round
  Belgium leads Australia, 2-0
   Justine Henin (BEL) def. Nicole Pratt (AUS), 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
   Kim Clijsters (BEL) def. Alicia Molik (AUS), 6-0, 6-2
Main Draw Finals of the Bridgestone Kyoto Open 2002 (JOP Event) were played today at the Obatagawa Central Park in Kyoto, Japan. - Photos & Results

Saturday, 27 April, 2002 - Fed Cup 2002
According to the ITF On-line, Yugoslavia advanced to the Play-Off Round along with Luxembourg by winning in Group D round-robin competition at the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1 event in Antalya, Turkey. On Saturday, Yugoslavia will meet Slovenian team consisting of Tina Pisnik, Maja Matevzic, Tina Krizin, Ajda Brumen and captain Blaz Trupej. Friday's results are as follows:
Results of Group D on Friday
  Poland def. Turkey, 2-1
  Luxembourg def. Yugoslavia, 2-1
   Claudine Schaul (LUX) def. Katarina Daskovic (YUG), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
   Anne Kremer (LUX) def. Dragana Zaric (YUG), 6-2, 6-1
   Daniela Bercek / Katarina Daskovic (YUG) def. Celine Francois / Mandy Minella (LUX), 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
Draw of Saturday's Play Off Round
  Slovenia vs. Yugoslavia
  Bulgaria vs. Ukraine
  Luxembourg vs. Netherlands
  Israel vs. Estonia

Friday, 26 April, 2002 - Fed Cup 2002
The ITF On-line reported the results for the first 2 days at the Fed Cup Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1 event in Antalya, Turkey. Thursday's results are as follows:
Results of Group D on Thursday
  Luxembourg def. Poland, 3-0
  Yugoslavia def. Turkey, 3-0
   Katarina Daskovic (YUG) def. Merve Asimgil (TUR), 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
   Dragana Zaric (YUG) def. Ipek Senoglu (TUR), 6-4, 6-2
   Katarina Daskovic / Dragana Zaric (YUG) def. Pemra Ozgen / Ipek Senoglu (TUR), 7-5, 6-2
The ITF On-line also announced the draws for the 1st round of the Fed Cup World Group, which will be played from 27th to 28th April in a knock-out format. Australia will play defending champions Belgium on red-clay court at the Royal Leopold Club in Brussels, Belgium.
Order of Play : Belgium vs. Australia
  Saturday (1:00 p.m.)
   Justine Henin (BEL) vs. Nicole Pratt (AUS)
   Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs. Alicia Molik (AUS)
  Sunday (12:00 p.m.)
   Kim Clijsters (BEL) vs. Nicole Pratt (AUS)
   Justine Henin (BEL) vs. Alicia Molik (AUS)
   Els Callens / Laurence Courtois (BEL) vs. Nicole Pratt / Rennae Stubbs (AUS)

Thursday, 25 April, 2002 - Fed Cup 2002
The 2002 Fed Cup Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1 Event started on Wednesday, 24th April in Antalya, Turkey. The reports on draws and results by the WTAworld.com webboard members are as follows:
Pools in Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1
  Group A: Slovenia, Belarus, Greece, Ukraine
  Group B: Netherlands, Israel, Romania, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  Group C: Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Portugal
  Group D: Luxembourg, Yugoslavia, Poland, Turkey
Results of Group D on Wednesday
  Luxembourg def. Turkey, 2-1
  Yugoslavia def. Poland, 2-1
   Jelena Jankovic (YUG) def. Magdalena Grzybowska (POL), 6-1, 4-6, 6-0
   Dragana Zaric (YUG) def. Katarzyna Straczy (POL), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
   Klaudia Jans / Joanna Sakowicz (POL) def. Daniela Bercek / Katarina Daskovic (YUG), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Wednesday, 24 April, 2002 - Belgrade, Fed Cup 2002
Miss Dokic seems to be in Belgrade now to prepare for the European clay-court season, which starts next week. The Jelena-Online.com reported an interview article with her father on 21st April. According to the report, Miss Dokic and her family decided to leave their current home in Saddlebrook, Florida at the end of this May and to move back to Yugoslavia on a permanent basis. They reportedly have a plan to build a house with practice courts in a suburb of Belgrade. Yugoslavia are apparently giving her big support as she has received a diplomatic passport from Yugoslav government. The article also informed they are planning to take further legal action against 2 other large organisations besides her former management company Octagon. The BBC Sport website and some Yugoslav news websites have also reported same news, crediting Jelena-Online.com as the source to their article.
The ITF's "This Week" (22 April Issue) reported that the Fed Cup World Group Qualifying Round Draw is scheduled to take place at the ITF offices in Roehampton, London on Friday 3rd May.

Monday, 22 April, 2002 - Family Circle Cup, WTA Rankings
Croatia's Iva Majoli won the 2002 Family Circle Cup with a 7-6 (5) 6-4 victory over Patty Schnyder of Switzerland at Sunday's final between both unseeded playes. It was the 2nd WTA singles title for Iva Majoli, who won her previous title in Roland Garros in 1997. She upset 13th seed Amanda Coetzer in the quarter-finals and 7th seed Sandrine Testud in the semi-finals en route to the final. Runner-up Patty Schnyder reached the final also after upsetting 6th seed Amelie Mauresmo in the 2nd round, 3rd seed Serena Williams in the quarter-finals and top seeded defending champion Jennifer Capriati in the semi-finals.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic is holding her 9th spot in the singles and the 10th spot in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 22 April 2002:
 01 (02) Venus Williams (USA) 4669 pts
 02 (01) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4553 pts
 03 (04) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 3421 pts
 04 (03) Martina Hingis (SUI) 3375 pts
 05 (07) Serena Williams (USA) 3363 pts
 06 (06) Monica Seles (USA) 3360 pts
 07 (05) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3350 pts
 08 (08) Justine Henin (BEL) 3133 pts
 09 (09) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 3086 pts
 10 (10) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 2252 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 15th April.

Sunday, 21 April, 2002 - Betty Barclay Cup
After taking a break next week, Miss Dokic will participate in the European clay-court tournaments, which will start late this month. She has been committed to play in Hamburg, Berlin, Rome (as the defending champion!), Strasbourg and Roland Garros. Her first tournament, the Tier2 Betty Barclay Cup, will take place from 30th April to 5th May at Rothenbaum in Hamburg, Germany. The main draw will be held on Sunday, 28th April. As an unseeded player, Miss Dokic reached the semi-finals last year upsetting 5th seed Magdalena Maleeva and 4th seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams.

Wednesday, 17 April, 2002 - Family Circle Cup
The 4th seed Miss Dokic made another 2nd round exit at the Family Circle Cup 2002, defeated in straight sets, 1-6, 3-6 by unseeded Anna Smashnova at the opening match on the Stadium Court today.
 Family Circle Cup 2002 
 Singles 2nd Round
1st Set: 6-1 2nd Set: 6-3
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 Anna Smashnova (ISR) OOO OOO   OOOOO O
 Jelena Dokic (YUG) #4 *    O    OO     O 
   "O" in red indicates a break game.

Tuesday, 16 April, 2002 - Family Circle Cup, Fed Cup 2002
After receiving a 1st round bye, 4th seeded Miss Dokic will meet Anna Smashnova in the 2nd round at the Family Circle Cup 2002. Anna Smashnova ousted lucky loser Greta Arn yesterday in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0.
Photo quoted from the CBS SportsLine website. Anna Smashnova (Israel)
Birth Date: 16 Jul. 1976
Birth Place: Minsk, Belarus
Turned Pro: 01 Jan. 1991
Plays: Right
Singles Rank: 35 (as of 15 Apr. 2002)
2002 Pacific Life Open Singles Quarterfinalist
2002 Canberra Women's Classic Singles Champion
2002 ASB Bank Classic Singles Champion
Head to Head: 2-0
- Aug. 2000 U.S. Open (hard): 1R [W] 6-1 6-0
- Apr. 2002 Sarasota Open (clay): 2R [W] 6-1 6-0
Team nominations for the Fed Cup 2002 are now available.
Australia
According to the Tennis Australia's "21st Century Tennis e-update" (Issue No.13), Australia's new Fed Cup captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today named her team for the World Group tie against Belgium, which will be played on clay-court at the Royal Leopold Club in Brussels from 27th to 28th April.
  Australian Team: Nicole Pratt (#38), Alicia Molik (#49), Rennae Stubbs (#2 in doubles), Samantha Stosur (#268) and Evonne Goolagong Cawley (Captain)
  Belgian Team: Kim Clijsters (#4), Justine Henin (#8), Laurence Courtois (#96 in doubles), Els Callens (#121) and Ivo Van Aken (Captain)
Yugoslavia
According to the ITF's "This Week" (Issue No.15), Yugoslavia will play in Europe/Africa Qualifying Group-1 with Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine. This event will be held on clay-court at the Club Ali Bey Mangvat in Antalya, Turkey from 24th to 27th April.
These 16 teams will play in 4 pools of 4 teams on a round robin basis. The top 2 teams in each pool will play off with the 4 winners proceeding to the World Group Playoffs to be played in July 2002. Miss Dokic will not play for Yugoslavia until next year because of the two-year residential qualification.
  Yugoslav Team: Dragana Zaric (#244), Daniela Bercek (Junior #123), Katarina Daskovic (#282), Jelena Jankovic (#292) and Biljana Veselinovic (Captain)

Monday, 15 April, 2002 - Bausch & Lomb Champs, Family Circle Cup, WTA Rankings
Top seed Venus Williams won her 4th title of the season on Sunday at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island, defeating 2nd seed Justine Henin, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours 24 minutes.
The WTA Tour official website announced the doubles main draw of the Family Circle Cup today. Miss Dokic seems not to participate in the doubles competition this week. In the singles, 5th seed Justine Henin seems to have withdrawn before play starts. Under the influence of her withdrawal, Miss Dokic's 2nd round opponent changed to be either German lucky loser Greta Arn or Anna Smashnova of Israel.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic moved down to 9th in the singles and is holding her 10th spot in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 15 April 2002:
 01 (01) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4803 pts
 02 (02) Venus Williams (USA) 4669 pts
 03 (03) Martina Hingis (SUI) 3657 pts
 04 (04) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 3421 pts
 05 (05) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3350 pts
 06 (06) Monica Seles (USA) 3314 pts
 07 (07) Serena Williams (USA) 3271 pts
 08 (09) Justine Henin (BEL) 3133 pts
 09 (08) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 3086 pts
 10 (10) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 2341 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 8th April.

Sunday, 14 April, 2002 (3) - Family Circle Cup, Japan Open Junior
The WTA Tour official website announced the singles main draw of the Family Circle Cup today. The tier1 green clay court tournament will be held from 15th to 21st April at the Family Circle Tennis Center at Daniel Island in suburban Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Top 8 seeds received first-round byes in the 56 field. Miss Dokic was seeded 4th in the bottom half of the draw and will play in the 2nd round against either Francesca Schiavone of Italy or Anna Smashnova from Israel. Her potential 3rd round opponent is 13th seed Amanda Coetzer of South Africa. Another tough players in her quarter of the draw are 8th seed Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States and 9th seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy. Top seed is defending champion Jennifer Capriati and 2nd seed is Monica Seles.
Main Draw Finals of the Japan Open Junior Tennis Championships 2002 (ITF Group-1) were played today at the Higashiyama Park Tennis Center in Nagoya, Japan. Miss Dokic has reached the singles final of this event in Tokyo in April, 1998. The final results are as follows: - Photos & Scores
Girls Singles: Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) def. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Girls Doubles: C-W.Chan (TPE) / S-W.Hsieh (TPE) def. R.Fuda (JPN) / T-W.Wang (TPE), 6-3, 6-1.
Boys Singles: Michel Koning (NED) def. Chris Kwon (USA), 6-3, 6-0.
Boys Doubles: A.Feeney (AUS) / C.Guccione (AUS) def. M.Koning (NED) / B.Van Der Valk (NED), 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Sunday, 14 April, 2002 (2) - Bausch & Lomb Championships
Unfortunately Miss Dokic was forced to retire with stomach problems in the 2nd set of her semi-final match against 2nd seed Justine Henin later yesterday. She lost, 2-6, 1-4. Justine Henin will meet top seed Venus Williams in Sunday's final.
-- Miss Dokic reportedly had a minor stomach virus this week. I hope it is not too serious for her.
Photo quoted from Australian Open website. Justine Henin (Belgium)
Birth Date: 01 Jun. 1982
Birth Place: Liege, Belgium
Turned Pro: 01 Jan. 1999
Plays: Right (one-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 9 (as of 08 Apr. 2002)
2002 Proximus Diamond Games Singles Finalist
2002 Open Gaz de France Singles Quarterfinalist
2002 Australian Open Singles Quarterfinalist
2001 Wimbledon Championships Singles Finalist
Head to Head: First meeting in singles

 Bausch & Lomb Champs 2002 
 Singles Semifinals
1st Set: 6-2 2nd Set: 4-1
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 Jelena Dokic (YUG) #3 *     O O    O  ret.
 Justine Henin (BEL) #2 OOOO O O OO OO 
   "O" in red indicates a break game.

Sunday, 14 April, 2002 (1) - Bausch & Lomb Championships
Both quarter-final and semi-final matches of Bausch & Lomb Championships were completed on Saturday. Miss Dokic fought her way back to win the 2nd set in a tie-break and the final set after dropping the opening set at her quarter-final match against 10th seed Elena Dementieva earlier yesterday. She won, 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-1.
 Bausch & Lomb Champs 2002 
 Singles Quarterfinals
1st Set: 0-6 2nd Set: 7-6 (3) 3rd Set: 6-1
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 Elena Dementieva (RUS) #10 * OOOOOO O    O OOO O   O     
 Jelena Dokic (YUG) #3         OOOO O   O O O OOOOO
Tie Break    O  O   O    
O OO OOO O 
   "O" in red indicates a break game.

Saturday, 13 April, 2002 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
Photo quoted from the WTA Tour website. Miss Dokic was presented with a big chocolate cake by players and staff at the players' lounge in the Amelia Island Plantation on Friday morning.
The tournament officials were forced again to revise Friday's schedule because of rain which started on Wednesday afternoon. All matches were moved back until mid-afternoon by a thundershower. However Miss Dokic was able to celebrate her 19th birthday with a 6-3 6-4 win over Emmanuelle Gagliardi in the 3rd round later yesterday. 3 quarter-final matches still need to be played before the semi-finals, which were due to start on Saturday. She will next face 10th seed Elena Dementieva in the quarter-finals at today's opening match on the Center Court. The winner is also scheduled to play in the semi-finals against either 6th seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy or 2nd seed Justine Henin of Belgium at the 3rd match on the Center Court today. Silvia Farina Elia and Justine Henin will play each other at today's 1st match on the Grandstand Court.
Photo quoted from WTA Tour official website. Elena Dementieva (Russia)
Birth Date: 15 Oct. 1981
Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
Turned Pro: 25 Aug. 1998
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 16 (as of 08 Apr. 2002)
Head to Head: 5-2
 Past 4 meetings are as follows.
- Jan. 2001 Watson's Water Challenge: SF [W] 3-6 6-3 6-4
- Aug. 2001 Pilot Pen Tennis (hard): 1R [W] 4-6 7-5 6-4
- Oct. 2001 Kremlin Cup (Supreme): Final [W] 6-3 6-3
- Feb. 2002 Open Gaz de France (hard): QF [W] 5-7 6-1 6-2

Friday, 12 April, 2002 - Happy Birthday !!
Best Wishes on your 19th Birthday Jelena!! Hope you have good health and happiness throughout the year ahead. --
Miss Dokic recorded a straight sets victory over Mary Pierce, winning 6-2, 6-0 in just 38 minutes at the rain-delayed 2nd round match last night, before rain washed out the remaining matches. She will next meet Emmanuelle Gagliardi in the 3rd round at today's 2nd match on the Center Court. The winner is also scheduled to play in the quarter-finals against either Nathalie Dechy of France or 10th seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia at the 4th match on the Grandstand Court today. Nathalie Dechy and Elena Dementieva will play each other at today's 1st match on the Court-5.
Photo quoted from the WTA Tour website. Emmanuelle Gagliardi (Switzerland)
Birth Date: 09 Jul. 1976
Birth Place: Geneva, Switzerland
Turned Pro: 1994
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 46 (as of 08 Apr. 2002)
2002 Pacific Life Open Singles Semifinalist
2002 ASB Bank Classic Singles Quarterfinalist
Head to Head: 2-0
- May, 1999 Warsaw Cup by Heros (clay): 1R [W] 3-6 7-5 6-4
- Oct. 2000 Swisscom Challenge (hard): 1R [W] 6-3 6-0

Thursday, 11 April, 2002 - Bausch & Lomb Champs, World Team Tennis
2 singles matches on the same day!? The 2nd round match between Miss Dokic and Mary Pierce was postponed due to rain yesterday and was rescheduled for today's 2nd match on the Center Court. The winner is also scheduled to play in the 3rd round against either Emmanuelle Gagliardi of Switzerland or Meilen Tu of the United States at the 5th match on the Center Court (or the Grandstand Court) today. Wednesday's rain-suspended 2nd round match between Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Meilen Tu will resume today at the score, 6-4, 5-7, 2-3.
The Roster Player Draft for Billie Jean King's World TeamTennis Pro League was held on Wednesday at WTT League Headquarters in New York City. Miss Dokic was not included in this year's rosters of 9 teams. The Delaware Smash team selected 14-year-old rising star Maria Sharapova of Russia. Corina Morariu will make her professional comeback from leukemia with the defending champion Philadelphia Freedoms team.

Wednesday, 10 April, 2002 - Bausch & Lomb Champs, WTA Tour Weekly Poll
According to the WTA Tour official website, Miss Dokic withdrew from the doubles competition before the 1st round match with partner Conchita Martinez due to a left adductor strain yesterday. They have been replaced by lucky losers of Maria Emilia Salerni and Asa Svensson. However she is still to play in the singles. She is scheduled to meet a wild-card entrant Mary Pierce at the 1st match of the evening session on the Center Court today. This 2nd round match starts at 7:00 p.m. (local time).
4th seed and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo was upset by Anne Kremer of Luxembourg, 6-3, 2-6, 3-6 in the 2nd round on Tuesday.
The latest WTA Tour Weekly Poll asked which of the following 5 players will shine on clay in the spring of 2002. The result of 63,773 votes is available on the official website.
  1. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA): 32%
  2. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP): 27%
  3. Jennifer Capriati (USA): 23%
  4. Jelena Dokic (YUG): 16%
  5. Angeles Montolio (ESP): 1%

Tuesday, 09 April, 2002 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
This year's event started on Monday with an unbelievable mistake. According to the Associated Press News, the opening match between Anne Kremer and Jennifer Hopkins took place on the Stadium Court which was improperly lined. Anne Kremer defeated Jennifer Hopkins in tough 3 sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Both players recorded excessive 29 double faults, so tournament officials measured the court after the match. It was discovered that the service court area back line was 3 feet short of the normal distance. The WTA Tour officials discussed whether to allow the result to stand or to replay the match. 6 hours later, the officials announced that the match result would stand with Anne Kremer as the winner.
By the way, Miss Dokic's 2nd round opponent is a wild-card entrant Mary Pierce, who defeated German qualifier Vanessa Henke, 6-2, 6-3 in the opening round on Monday.
Photo quoted from CBS SportsLine website. Mary Pierce (France)
Birth Date: 15 Jan. 1975
Birth Place: Montreal, Canada
Turned Pro: Mar. 1989
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 250 (as of 08 Apr. 2002)
2000 Roland Garros Singles Champion
1998 Bausch & Lomb Champs Singles Champion
1995 Australian Open singles Champion
Head to Head: 1-1
- Jun. 1999 Wimbledon (grass): 4R [W] 6-4 6-3
- Apr. 2000 Family Circle Cup (clay): QF [L] 3-6 1-6
Miss Dokic and partner Conchita Martinez are scheduled to play at the 4th match on the Court-6 against Rita Grande and Kveta Hrdlickova in the 1st round on Tuesday.
15th seeded Daja Bedanova, who was originally in same part of the singles draw as Miss Dokic, was forced to withdraw from this event due to a sprained right wrist and was replaced by lucky loser Alina Jidkova of Russia. Yugoslav rising star Jelena Jankovic lost to Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6 in the opening day.

Monday, 08 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open, Bausch & Lomb Champs, WTA Rankings
Photo quoted from the Jelena Dokic Fanclub website. Congratulations Jelena!! Top seeded Miss Dokic won her first title of 2002 with a 6-2 6-2 victory over 10th seed Tatiana Panova at the championship match on Sunday at the Sarasota Open. She won the fourth singles title in her professional career without losing a set. She also won the doubles title with partner Elena Likhovtseva, fighting back after losing the 1st set to defeat 3rd seeded pair of Els Callens and Conchita Martinez, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. It was her second senior Tour doubles title.
The doubles main draw for the Bausch & Lomb Championships is now available. Miss Dokic will team up again with Conchita Martinez of Spain. They were seeded 4th and were drawn to meet Rita Grande of Italy and Kveta Hrdlickova of Czech Republic in the 1st round. They are in same half of the draw as the top seeded pair of Lisa Raymond and Rennae Stubbs. Elena Likhovtseva, her winning teammate in Sarasota, seems to pair up with Nicole Pratt of Australia this week.
There is another Yugoslav player in the main draw in addition to Miss Dokic. Jelena Jankovic, 17-year-old rising star, entered into the singles main draw as a qualifier. She has won the Australian Open Junior Championships in 2001.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic returned to 8th spot in the singles rankings and 10th in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 08 April 2002:
 01 (01) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4803 pts
 02 (02) Venus Williams (USA) 4385 pts
 03 (03) Martina Hingis (SUI) 3730 pts
 04 (04) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 3421 pts
 05 (05) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3350 pts
 06 (06) Monica Seles (USA) 3314 pts
 07 (07) Serena Williams (USA) 3271 pts
 08 (09) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 3011 pts
 09 (08) Justine Henin (BEL) 2991 pts
 10 (10) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 2651 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 1st April.

Sunday, 07 April, 2002 (2) - Bausch & Lomb Championships
The WTA Tour official website announced the singles main draw of the Bausch & Lomb Championships today. The tier2 green clay court tournament will begin on Monday of 8th April at the oceanfront resort of Amelia Island Plantation in north-east Florida, USA. Both singles and doubles finals are scheduled to be held on Sunday afternoon of 14th April. Top 8 seeds received first-round byes in the 56 field. Miss Dokic was seeded 3rd in the bottom half of the draw and will play in the 2nd round against either wild card Mary Pierce of France or a qualifier. Her potential 3rd round opponent is 15th seed Daja Bedanova of Czech Republic. However, Daja Bedanova has withdrawn from Sarasota Open due to a right wrist sprain. Another tough players in her quarter of the draw are 8th seed Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain and 10th seed Elena Dementieva of Russia. Top seed is Venus Williams of the United States and 2nd seed is Justine Henin of Belgium. The defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France was seeded 4th.

Sunday, 07 April, 2002 (1) - Sarasota Open
Miss Dokic reached the final of the Sarasota's new event after her opponent Virginie Razzano retired at the score, 6-3, 0-1 during the 2nd set of yesterday's 1st semi-final match with tendonitis in her right elbow. She will play in Sunday's final at 11:00 a.m. (local time) for her first title of the season. Against expectation, her final opponent is 10th seed Tatiana Panova of Russia, who upset 2nd seed Meghann Shaughnessy, 7-6 (9), 6-4 in the 2nd semi-final match yesterday. Tatiana Panova is seeking her first Tour title and hoping to move into the top 20 in the world.
Photo quoted from the CBS SportsLine website. Tatiana Panova (Russia)
Birth Date: 13 Aug. 1976
Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
Turned Pro: Jan. 1994
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 25 (as of 01 Apr. 2002)
2002 Nasdaq 100 Open Singles Quarterfinalist
2002 ASB Bank Classic Singles Finalist
2000 Volvo Women's Open Singles Finalist
Head to Head: 1-0
- May, 2000 Italian Open (clay): 2R [W] 6-3 6-1
Miss Dokic also advanced to the final in the doubles competition with partner Elena Likhovtseva. They defeated Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals yesterday. Their final opponent team is 3rd seeded pair of Els Callens and Conchita Martinez. The doubles final will take place after the singles final following a suitable rest for Miss Dokic.

Saturday, 06 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open
Top seed Miss Dokic and 2nd seed Meghann Shaughnessy continued to progress toward a possible final showdown with quarter-final victories yesterday. Miss Dokic defeated Patty Schnyder in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5 to set up a meeting with lucky loser Virginie Razzano of France at today's opening match on the Centre Court at 11:00 a.m. (local time). The match will be followed by the other semi-final match between 10th seed Tatiana Panova and Meghann Shaughnessy, who managed to oust a tough opponent Anastasia Myskina, 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the quarter-finals yesterday. Anastasia Myskina has stopped Mary Pierce's run in the 2nd round on Thursday.
Photo quoted from the WTA Tour official website. Virginie Razzano (France)
Birth Date: 12 May, 1983
Birth Place: Dijon, France
Turned Pro: 1999
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 98 (as of 01 Apr. 2002)
2001 DFS Classic Singles Quarterfinalist
2001 Open Gaz de France Doubles Champion (w/Majoli)
2000 French Open Junior Singles Champion
1999 Australian Open Junior Singles & Doubles Champion
Head to Head: First meeting in singles
The doubles semi-finals are also scheduled today. 2nd seeded pair of Miss Dokic and Elena Likhovtseva will play at the 3rd match on the Centre Court against Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario. Top seeded pair of Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez will play 3rd seeded pair of Els Callens and Conchita Martinez on the Grandstand Court-1 this afternoon.

Friday, 05 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open
Miss Dokic seems to have made a full recovery from a series of leg injuries. She cruised through to the quarter-finals in the singles and also the semi-finals in the doubles with partner Elena Likhovtseva on Thursday. In the singles, she lost the opening game and won 12 games in a row to defeat Anna Smashnova by the same score, 6-1, 6-0 as at their previous meeting at the U.S. Open in 2000. Miss Dokic was quoted as saying after the match: "If I was going to win the match it was going to be me, and if I was going to lose the match it was going to be because of me." She will next play at today's 2nd match on the Centre court against Patty Schnyder, who upset 9th seed Henrieta Nagyova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the 2nd round on Wednesday.
Photo quoted from CBS SportsLine website. Patty Schnyder (Switzerland)
Birth Date: 14 Dec. 1978
Birth Place: Basel, Switzerland
Turned Pro: Aug. 1994
Plays: Left (two handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 34 (as of 01 Apr. 2002)
2002 Proximus Diamond Games Singles Semifinalist
2002 Canberra Women's Classic Singles Quarterfinalist
Head to Head: 2-1
- Apr. 2001 Bausch&Lomb Champs. (clay): 2R [W] 7-5 6-3
- May. 2001 Italian Open (clay): 2R [W] 6-2 3-6 6-4
- Feb. 2002 Proximus Diamond Games (hard): 2R [L] 6-4 4-6 1-1 (ret.)
In the doubles, Miss Dokic and partner Elena Likhovtseva defeated Argentine pair of Laura Montalvo and Maria Emilia Salerni, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 later yesterday. They will next play against Rossana Neffa-De Los Rios and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario on Saturday for their final berth.

Thursday, 04 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play in both the singles and doubles today. She will play at today's opening match on the Centre court against a qualifier but tough opponent Anna Smashnova, who ousted Elena Likhovtseva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday. This 2nd round match is due to start at 11:00 a.m. (local time). In her last 2 tournaments, Anna Smashnova upset 6th seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the 4th round at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and also 6th seed Justine Henin in the 2nd round at the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne.
Photo quoted from the CBS SportsLine website. Anna Smashnova (Israel)
Birth Date: 16 Jul. 1976
Birth Place: Minsk, Belarus
Turned Pro: 01 Jan. 1991
Plays: Right
Singles Rank: 37 (as of 01 Apr. 2002)
2002 Pacific Life Open Singles Quarterfinalist
2002 Canberra Women's Classic Singles Champion
2002 ASB Bank Classic Singles Champion
Head to Head: 1-0
- Aug. 2000 U.S. Open (hard): 1R [W] 6-1 6-0
Miss Dokic and partner Elena Likhovtseva will play at the 3rd match on the Grandstand Court-1 against Argentine pair of Laura Montalvo and Maria Emilia Salerni in the quarter-finals.

Wednesday, 03 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open, WTA Tour Weekly Poll
Miss Dokic and partner Elena Likhovtseva celebrated the team's first victory when they survived a close 3 set battle against Rachel McQuillan and Katie Schlukebir, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the opening round on Tuesday. They will next meet either Asian pair of Janet Lee and Wynne Prakusya or Argentine pair of Laura Montalvo and Maria Emilia Salerni in the quarter-finals.
Sarasota's Mary Pierce, who is a wild card entrant in the main draw, seems to begin a comeback from a series of injuries yesterday with a 6-3 6-3 win over 7th seed Japanese No.1 Ai Sugiyama in her first match since the 1st round of Australian Open in January. She has won the 1995 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open, but now is ranked No.295 in the WTA singles rankings.
This week's Sanex WTA Tour Weekly Poll is asking who will shine on clay in the spring of 2002. Miss Dokic has been included in the 5 contenders along with Jennifer Capriati, Amelie Mauresmo, Angeles Montolio and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

Tuesday, 02 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open
Miss Dokic defeated Spain's Conchita Martinez on clay court, 6-2, 7-5 in her opening match on Monday. She will next meet either doubles partner Elena Likhovtseva or a qualifier Anna Smashnova from Israel on Thursday.
Anna Smashnova started this season with winning 2 consecutive titles in Auckland and Canberra.
Miss Dokic and partner Elena Likhovtseva are scheduled to play in the doubles 1st round against Rachel McQuillan and Katie Schlukebir at the 4th match on the Grandstand Court-1 today.

Monday, 01 April, 2002 - Sarasota Open, WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website announced the main draws of the Sarasota Open today. It is the first time since last July that Miss Dokic participates in a Tier4 tournament. She was seeded 1st in the singles and will play her opening round match against Conchita Martinez at the 1st match of the evening session on the Center Court today. Conchita Martinez leads 5-1 against Miss Dokic but won the first five and lost the past one.
Photo quoted from The WTA Tour official website. Conchita Martinez (Spain)
Birth Date: 16 Apr. 1972
Birth Place: Monzon (Huesca), Spain
Turned Pro: Feb. 1988
Plays: Right (one-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 39 (as of 01 Apr. 2002)
Head to Head: 1-5
- Aug. 1999 du Maurier Open (hard): 2R [L] 7-5 1-6 4-6
- Sep. 1999 Toyota Princess Cup (hard): 1R [L] 3-6 2-6
- Mar. 2000 Newsweek Champions Cup (hard): 3R [L] 2-6 6-7(4)
- Mar. 2000 Ericsson Open (hard): 2R [L] 4-6 6-3 3-6
- Apr. 2000 Bausch & Lomb Champs. (clay): 3R [L] 1-6 4-6
- May, 2001 Italian Open (clay): SF [W] 6-3 6-2
Miss Dokic will also play in the doubles competition. She will not pair up with her 1st round opponent in the singles. She will team up with Elena Likhovtseva of Russia for the first time since 2000 Kremlin Cup. They were seeded 2nd and were drawn to meet Rachel McQuillan of Australia and Katie Schlukebir of the United States in the opening round. Conchita Martinez seems to pair up with Els Callens of Belgium.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic moved down to 9th in the singles and 11th in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 01 April 2002:
 01 (01) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 4803 pts
 02 (02) Venus Williams (USA) 4385 pts
 03 (03) Martina Hingis (SUI) 3730 pts
 04 (05) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 3421 pts
 05 (04) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3350 pts
 06 (06) Monica Seles (USA) 3314 pts
 07 (09) Serena Williams (USA) 3271 pts
 08 (07) Justine Henin (BEL) 2991 pts
 09 (08) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 2892 pts
 10 (10) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 2651 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 18th March.




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