Sunday, 30 June, 2002 - Wimbledon, WTA Tour|
Miss Dokic will enjoy another week of action for her 4th consecutive attempt at Wimbledon. She is scheduled to play on Monday against 11th seed Daniela Hantuchova at the 2nd match on the Court-18. The 1st match between David Nalbandian and Wayne Arthurs in the gentlemen's singles 4th round is due to start at noon (local time). If she get past the tough Slovak, she will probably find 2nd seed Serena Williams waiting in the quarter-finals. This year's Roland Garros champion will play Eastbourne winner Chanda Rubin at the 2nd match on the Centre Court.
Top 16 Seeds Status on Middle Sunday at the 2002 Wimbledon:
The Tennisreporters.net reported today that the WTA Tour has voted on Saturday to keep its offices in St. Petersburg, Florida instead of moving its offices to Saddlebrook, Los Angeles and Atlanta. The WTA Tour has moved its headquarters from Stanford to St. Petersburg in December 2001.
Friday, 28 June, 2002 - Wimbledon
Despite some problems with her serve, 7th seed Miss Dokic cruised past 25th seeded Nathalie Dechy, 7-5, 6-2 today on the Centre Court at the All England Club to book her place in the 4th round (last 16).
She is looking forward to facing 11th seed Daniela Hantuchova in the next round and hoping for revenge for the straight-set 3rd-round loss she suffered at the hands of the Slovakian at last month's German Open. She said in her post-match interview today: "I think the next one, you know, is very important for me. I think if I play well, I have a good chance to win. I really want to win the next match, so I'm just focusing on that." The 4th round matches are scheduled on Monday of the 2nd week.
Thursday, 27 June, 2002 - Wimbledon
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play in the 3rd round on Friday against Nathalie Dechy, the 25th seed from France, at the opening match on the Centre Court, which is due to start at 1:00 p.m. (local time). 11th seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Maja Matevzic of Slovenia will play each other at the 2nd match on the Court-18. In the top half of the draw, 5th seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium was upset by unseeded Elena Likhovtseva of Russia, 6-7 (5), 2-6 in the 2nd round today.
The Wimbledon 2002 official website announced the mixed doubles draw yesterday, in which Miss Dokic's name was not included. She has said "I've tried to cut back and not play doubles or mixed or anything. I think the schedule's very full right now. Whether it's a Grand Slam or any other tournaments, there's a lot of tennis to be played. I think mentally and physically, you burn out quickly. I've tried to just play singles," in Wednesday's post-match interview.
Wednesday, 26 June, 2002 - Wimbledon
Miss Dokic survived a close contest with a 6-0 4-6 8-6 victory over Kveta Hrdlickova in the 2nd round today. After sweeping through the 1st set easily, she had to withstand a comeback from the tough opponent before closing off the seesaw match in one hour, 41 minutes.
Her 3rd round opponent is 25th seeded Nathalie Dechy of France, who ousted Tatiana Poutchek of Belarus in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 earlier today. The 3rd round matches are scheduled on Friday and Saturday.
Tuesday, 25 June, 2002 - Wimbledon
Miss Dokic's 2nd round match with Kveta Hrdlickova is scheduled to play at the 2nd match on the Court-18 on Wednesday. The 1st match between Todd Martin and Arnaud Clement is due to start at noon (local time).
Monday, 24 June, 2002 - Wimbledon
The 2002 Wimbledon Championships began today under the sunny skies at the All England Club in the absence of the former champions, Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis, with injuries. 32 matches in the bottom half of the ladies' singles draw were played on the opening day. Miss Dokic struggled but defeated qualifier Elena Tatarkova, 7-6 (4), 6-4 at the last match on the Court-3 (not Court-2) to advance to the 2nd round.
She will next meet Kveta Hrdlickova of Czech Republic, who defeated Stephanie Foretz of France, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the 1st round earlier today.
Sunday, 23 June, 2002 - Wimbledon, WTA Rankings
According to the 2002 Wimbledon official website, Miss Dokic will play her opening round match with Elena Tatarkova at the 4th match on the Court-2 on Monday with 1st match beginning at noon (local time).
The WTA Tour official website released the next week's ranking tables today. Miss Dokic moved up to 7th in the singles ranking, since injured Lindsay Davenport has slipped 2 places to 8th. There was no change of the top 5's standings. She still remains at 25th spot in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 24 June 2002:
Saturday, 22 June, 2002 - B.A.M. Int'l. Champs., Ordina Open
Chanda Rubin of the United States won her 4th career title in Eastbourne when she defeated Russian Anastasia Myskina in a straight-sets, 6-1, 6-3 in an all-unseeded final of the Britannic Asset Management International Championships on Saturday. In the semi-finals, Chanda Rubin ousted Daja Bedanova, 6-4, 6-1, and Anastasia Myskina conquered 3rd seed Daniela Hantuchova, 6-2, 6-1 to reach her 2nd final in 2 weeks.
Eleni Daniilidou of Greece claimed the first WTA title of her career at Rosmalen with a 3-6 6-2 6-3 win over 4th seeded Russian Elena Dementieva in Saturday's final of the Ordina Open, after she upset defending champion Justine Henin, 4-6, 7-6 (9), 6-3 in Friday's semi-finals. Elena Dementieva is still seeking for her first WTA singles title.
Friday, 21 June, 2002 - Wimbledon, Ordina Open
In the final qualifying round at Roehampton, the 12 qualifiers for the ladies' singles made sure of their places in the main draw of the Championships yesterday. Miss Dokic's opening round opponent will be one of them, Elena Tatarkova of Ukraine. Monday's order of play will be announced this Sunday.
Wednesday, 19 June, 2002 - B.A.M. Int'l. Champs.
Top seeded Miss Dokic lost to Daja Bedanova, 4-6, 6-1, 2-6 at her first match on the Court-1 at Eastbourne on Wednesday after she won her first tour title on grass court at Birmingham last week. It was her debut appearance at the Britannic Asset Management International Championships. Daja Bedanova had defeated qualifier Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7) earlier today at her 1st-round match, which had been suspended overnight due to darkness.
Tuesday, 18 June, 2002 - B.A.M. Int'l. Champs., Wimbledon, FIFA World Cup
The opening round match between qualifier Elena Likhovtseva and unseeded Daja Bedanova was suspended at 3-6, 7-6 (6), 3-4 due to rain delay at the Britannic Asset Management Championships in Eastbourne on Tuesday. They will resume playing at the 1st match on the Court-2 from 11:30 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday morning. Miss Dokic will meet the winner at the 2nd match on the Court-1.
The Wimbledon official website announced the draws for this year's championships on Tuesday. Miss Dokic, seeded 7th in the ladies' singles, will play a qualifier in the opening round before meeting either Kveta Hrdlickova of Czech Republic or Stephanie Foretz of France in the 2nd round. She seems not to take part in the ladies' doubles competition.
Japan's run at the 2002 FIFA World Cup came to an end when our team was defeated by Turkey in the driving rain at the Miyagi stadium this afternoon. Turkey will meet Senegal in the quarter-finals.
Monday, 17 June, 2002 - B.A.M. Int'l. Champs., WTA Rankings, Wimbledon
She seems to participate only in singles competition again this week. The Lawn Tennis Association official website announced the doubles main draw of the Britannic Asset Management International Championships today, in which her name was not included.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 10's standings. Miss Dokic remains at 8th position in the singles and 25th in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 17 June 2002:
The Wimbledon official website announced the seeds for this year's championships on Monday. Miss Dokic has been announced as the 7th seed in the ladies' singles. Her name was not included in the seeded teams of the ladies' doubles. To my surprise, Daniela Hantuchova seems to team up with Jennifer Capriati after her permanent partner Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario withdrawing from this year's Wimbledon due to extreme exhaustion. The Championships will start next Monday, and the ladies' singles final will be played on Saturday, 6th July.
Sunday, 16 June, 2002 (2) - DFS Classic
Congratulations Jelena!! Top seeded Miss Dokic won her second title of the year with a 6-2 6-3 victory over 6th seed Anastasia Myskina in Sunday's final of the DFS Classic in Edgbaston. She claimed the fifth singles title and first grass-court title in her professional career. She reportedly said: "This win definitely gives me a lot of confidence for Wimbledon." And also this victory means she has won on all surfaces - Clay (Rome, Sarasota), Hard (Tokyo), Carpet (Moscow) and Grass (Birmingham).
-- Sorry, I am not sure who started serving because the Live Scoreboard did not show who was serving.
In the doubles final, unseeded pair of Shinobu Asagoe and Els Callens upset 2nd seeded tough team of Kimberly Po-Messerli and Nathalie Tauzia, 6-4, 6-3 later today. Congratulations Goe-chin!!
Sunday, 16 June, 2002 (1) - B.A.M. Int'l. Champs.
Miss Dokic will play in Eastbourne next week instead of the newly named Ordina Open in Rosmalen, which has been managed by Octagon.
The Lawn Tennis Association official website announced the singles main draw of the Britannic Asset Management International Championships yesterday. Miss Dokic was seeded No.1 and the 2nd seed is Sandrine Testud of France. Top 4 seeds, including 3rd seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and 4th seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy, received first-round byes in the 28 field. Miss Dokic will play in the 2nd round against either Daja Bedanova of Czech Republic or a qualifier. Her potential 3rd round opponents include 5th seed Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States and a wild-card entrant Anna Kournikova of Russia. Another tough players in her top half of the draw are Amanda Coetzer of South Africa and last year's finalist Magui Serna of Spain. The defending champion Lindsay Davenport of the United States withdrew for rehabilitation at home following the right knee surgery.
Nine-times Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova seems to return to singles action at Devonshire Park next week. She was given a wild-card and will meet Tatiana Panova of Russia in the opening round. She has returned to play doubles in 2000 after 6 years retiring.
The final tuneup Tier2 grass-court tournament for Wimbledon will be held from 17th June at the Devonshire Park in Eastbourne, England. The finals will be played on Saturday, 22nd June.
Saturday, 15 June, 2002 - DFS Classic
Miss Dokic remained on course for her 2nd title of the season after a strong semi-final win over veteran 8th seed Lisa Raymond, 6-1, 7-5 at the DFS Classic in Birmingham today.
-- Sorry, the following score marks may not be exact because the Live Scoreboard often froze.
She will now face 6th seed Anastasia Myskina in Sunday's final, which is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. (local time) on the Centre Court. Anastasia Myskina earlier reached the final when she stopped 14th seeded Nicole Pratt's excellent run, 6-3, 7-5 at today's first semi-final match.
Friday, 14 June, 2002 - DFS Classic, FIFA World Cup
Miss Dokic managed to survive a tough three set battle against Eleni Daniilidou, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the rain-interrupted match at the DFS Classic today to move into the semi-finals, where she will meet 8th seed Lisa Raymond of the United States at the 2nd match on the Centre Court on Saturday. The opening match is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. (local time). Lisa Raymond reached the last 4 when her opponent Clarisa Fernandez from Argentine, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open, retired due to a left knee strain at 2-4 in the opening set today.
Japan advanced to the 2nd round of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in our history, after defeating Tunisia, 2-0 on Friday afternoon at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan. Japan won the top spot in the Group-H and will next meet Group-C runners-up Turkey on Tuesday in Miyagi, Japan.
Thursday, 13 June, 2002 - DFS Classic
Miss Dokic secured her place in the quarter-finals with a straight sets victory over 16th seed Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 6-2 in the 3rd round singles action at the DFS Classic today. She will next face Eleni Daniilidou, who ousted Mashona Washington of the United States in the opening round and upset 2 seeds en route to the quarter-finals - 5th seed Tatiana Panova of Russia in the 2nd round yesterday and 11th seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan in the 3rd round today. The 19-year-old from Greece has won these 3 matches by the same score-line, 6-4, 6-2. Top seeded Miss Dokic and unseeded Eleni Daniilidou are scheduled to play each other for a semi-final berth at the opening match on the Centre Court on Friday, which starts at 11:00 a.m. (local time).
Wednesday, 12 June, 2002 - DFS Classic
After receiving a 1st-round bye, Miss Dokic won her first match at the DFS Classic, one of the major grass-court warm-up events for Wimbledon, on Wednesday in Birmingham. She progressed to the 3rd round with a 7-6 (4) 6-4 win over wild-card Lucie Ahl. The British No.2 player defeated qualifier Amanda Grahame, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 earlier today to face a tough task against top seeded Miss Dokic in the 2nd round on the same day.
Tuesday, 11 June, 2002 - DFS Classic
The main draw matches on Tuesday at the DFS Classic have been delayed due to heavy rain. The 1st round match between local wild-card Lucie Ahl and qualifier Amanda Grahame of Australia was postponed due to darkness today and was rescheduled to play on Wednesday at the opening match on the Centre Court, which starts at 11:00 a.m. (local time). Miss Dokic is scheduled to play in the 2nd round against the winner at the 3rd match on the Centre Court tomorrow.
Monday, 10 June, 2002 - DFS Classic, WTA Rankings
The qualifying rounds and main draw matches on the opening day at the DFS Classic have been delayed due to rain. Qualifying matches have been played on 2 indoor courts since yesterday and main draw matches reportedly have been cancelled for today. Miss Dokic, given a first-round bye, will not appear on court until Wednesday. She seems to concentrate on the singles competition only in Birmingham. The Lawn Tennis Association official website announced the doubles main draw today, in which her name was not included.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic moved up to No.8 in the singles ranking with replacing injured former world No.1 Martina Hingis but slipped 13 places to No.25 in the doubles by losing her last season's 520 points. Venus and Serena Williams were ranked No.1 and No.2 in the singles. It is the first time that two siblings stand on the top of the world rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 10 June 2002:
Sunday, 09 June, 2002 - DFS Classic, Roland Garros, FIFA World Cup
The Lawn Tennis Association official website announced the singles main draw of the DFS Classic today. Top 8 seeds received first-round byes in the 56 field. Top seeded Miss Dokic will play in the 2nd round against either local wild card Lucie Ahl or a qualifier. Her potential 3rd round opponents include 16th seed Elena Likhovtseva of Russia and Cara Black from Zimbabwe. Another tough players in her top half of the draw are 4th seed Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand and 5th seed Tatiana Panova of Russia. The defending champion Nathalie Tauziat of France has retired from singles competition after the 2001 season.
In Paris, Serena Williams claimed her 2nd Grand Slam title of her career on Saturday by defeating her sister Venus in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 at the women's singles final of the French Open.
Japan defeated Russia, 1-0 on Sunday night in Yokohama, Japan. It is the first victory for Japan in our FIFA World Cup history.
Thursday, 06 June, 2002 - DFS Classic, Roland Garros
In her post-match interview on Tuesday, Miss Dokic confirmed that she will play in the DFS Classic International Women's Tennis next week. The pre-Wimbledon Tier3 grass-court event will be held from 10th to 16th June at the Edgbaston Priory Club in Birmingham, Great Britain. She has been required to participate in 3 Tier3 tournaments besides 10 Tier1 or 2 tournaments during this season as a Gold Exempt Player. The Lawn Tennis Association has announced that they will provide the on-line scoreboard service on the official website for the first time.
According to an unofficial information, she has certainly switched her tennis racquet to a new model just before the French Open. The model number seems to be called "HEAD i.X6", which will be soon on sale. - However I think the racquet is similar to "Ti.S2" in shape.
In Paris, 3rd seed Serena Williams upset top seed Jennifer Capriati in three sets, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to set up a meeting with her sister Venus, who stopped Clarisa Fernandez's giant-killing run, 6-1, 6-4 at the 2nd semi-final match today. The women's singles title match will be played on Saturday. The last meeting between the sisters was in the semi-finals of the Nasdaq 100 Open last March when Serena defeated Venus, 6-2, 6-2.
Tuesday, 04 June, 2002 - Roland Garros
The quarter-finals of the French Open began today with all Argentine opening match on the Suzanne Lenglen Court, where Clarisa Fernandez defeated compatriot Paola Suarez in three sets, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1. Clarisa Fernandez will next meet 2nd seed Venus Williams, who cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win over fellow 6th seed Monica Seles in a rain-interrupted rematch of their Australian Open quarter-final. After 3rd seeded Serena Williams overpowered local wild card and 2000 champion Mary Pierce, 6-1, 6-1 at the 3rd match in 49 minutes, today's final match on the Suzanne Lenglen Court started. Miss Dokic dropped the opening set with one break down before fighting back to win the 2nd set with one break up but defending champion and top seed Jennifer Capriati was too consistent in the decider in the final set. She suffered the 4th time defeat in their 4 career meetings, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6. Jennifer Capriati reportedly has said about her next round opponent: "I know her game, I like her game. It suits me," in Sunday's post-match interview. Women's semi-finals are scheduled on Thursday on the Philippe Chatrier Court (Centre Court).
Her grass-court season starts tomorrow. She will fly to England to play in Birmingham and then in Eastbourne before participating in her most favorite tournament, Wimbledon.
To our surprise, Miss Dokic confirmed during the Sanex Live Chat on Monday afternoon that she had changed her tennis racquet to a new model just before the French Open.
Sunday, 02 June, 2002 - Roland Garros
Miss Dokic advanced to the last 8 in the women's singles at the French Open on Sunday. At the first meeting between the two since their junior days, Miss Dokic cruised past Katarina Srebotnik, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on the Court-1 today to set up a meeting with defending champion and top seed Jennifer Capriati, who gained revenge for her semi-final loss in Charleston in April with win over 20th seed Patty Schnyder, 6-4, 6-4 later today.
Women's quarter-final matches are scheduled on Tuesday on the Suzanne Lenglen Court. If she conquers the No.1 seed for the first time in 4 career meetings, Miss Dokic will face either 3rd seed Serena Williams or local favorite Mary Pierce in the semi-finals.
Some photos from Roland Garros have given information, but not confirmed information, on her tennis racquet. She may be using another racquet than either "HEAD i.S6" or "HEAD Ti.S2" at the French Open. It seems that the racquet is colored gray on the whole and without yellow eyes of the Intelligence Series. If it is true, I wonder why she changed her racquet just before a Grand Slam tournament.
Saturday, 01 June, 2002 - Roland Garros
Miss Dokic posted straight-set victory over Russian Elena Likhovtseva, 6-2, 6-3 in only 54 minutes today to win a place in the 4th round of the French Open. It is the first time in her professional career to reach the 4th round in Paris. (1999; 1st Rnd. 2000; 2nd Rnd. 2001; 3rd Rnd.)
Next up for her is Katarina Srebotnik, who easily ousted local Emilie Loit, 6-0, 6-1 later today to earn her first ever Grand Slum's 4th round berth. They will play each other at the 4th match on the Court-1 on Sunday, with 1st match between 13th seed Elena Dementieva and Clarisa Fernandez beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Paris time). The winner will face either top seeded defending champion Jennifer Capriati or 20th seed Patty Schnyder in the quarter-finals.
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