Thursday, 28 November, 2002 - Sanex WTA Tour|
The WTA Tour official website announced its disappointing 2003 season calendar on Tuesday.
Notable changes on the 2003 Tour schedule are as follows:
Monday, 25 November, 2002 - Sanex WTA Tour
The WTA Tour official website has not yet announced the 2003 Tour schedule.
According to the last week's official press release of the WTA Tour, Sanex will finish its role as title sponsor of the Tour at the end of 2002. Sanex, title sponsor of the Tour since January 2000, will remain as an official partner with running new program "Sanex Heroes of the WTA Tour." There is reportedly no plan to pursue a title sponsor.
New ranking lists as of 25th November were released today. There was no change of the top 10's standings and ranking points.
Thursday, 21 November, 2002 - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge
According to the HKTennis.com, the organiser Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA) announced today 7 players competing in the 2003 Hong Kong Ladies Challenge. The exhibition tournament, formerly known as the Watson's Water Challenge, will take place from 1st to 4th January on the hard court at Victoria Park Tennis Stadium, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. The invited players seem to be Monica Seles (USA), Anastasia Myskina (RUS), Magdalena Maleeva (BUL), Anna Smashnova (ISR), Alexandra Stevenson (USA), this year's finalist Elena Dementieva (RUS) and local junior player Shuai Peng (CHN). To fill the remaining one spot, local organisers are reportedly in contact with 2000 and 2002 winner Jennifer Capriati (USA), Lindsay Davenport (USA) and 2001 singles and doubles champion Miss Dokic.
Tuesday, 19 November, 2002 - WTA Rankings, Fed Cup 2003, Australian Open
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables yesterday. There was no change of the top 10 players except for the name of Justine Henin, who married Mr. Pierre-Yves Hardenne last Saturday. Miss Dokic remains at No.9 in the singles and No.14 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 18 November 2002:
The ITF has announced the venues for the 2003 Fed Cup Regional Qualifying Events. Yugoslavia will play in the Europe/Africa Group-1 the week of 21st April with other 16 teams - Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine - on clay courts at the same venue as 2002 event, the Club Ali Bey Mangvat in Antalya, Turkey.
Tennis Australia president Mr. Geoff Pollard said of Miss Dokic's withdrawal from next year's Australian Open: "It's disappointing because it is a grand slam and she has the potential to win a grand slam... If you asked me which one she has the best chance of winning, it probably is the Australian," and also he reportedly said "As far as I know she still has an Australian passport and if she wanted to come back tomorrow she'd be welcomed," the ABC Online Sport News reported on Tuesday.
Wednesday, 13 November, 2002 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released the season-end ranking tables on Tuesday. Serena Williams finished the season as No.1 player on the year-end ranking for the first time in her career. Miss Dokic remains at No.9 in the singles but lost one place to No.14 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 11 November 2002:
(2) "Trns" indicates number of the WTA Tour events over the past 52 weeks.
Tuesday, 12 November, 2002 - Tour Championships, Toray Pan Pacific Tennis
5th seed Kim Clijsters won the WTA Tour's season-ending title by defeating No.1 seed and defending champion Serena Williams in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 at the final of the Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles on Monday night. It was her 4th title of the year. In the doubles final, 3rd seeded pair of Elena Dementieva and Janette Husarova defeated 5th seeded pair of Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to claim their 4th doubles title of the season.
Miss Dokic seems to start her 2003 Tour in Tokyo as she did this season. In her post-match interview on Saturday, she confirmed that she will take part in the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament after skipping Australian summer circuit next year. The Tier1 indoor carpet tournament will be held from 28th January to 2nd February, 2003 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Reuters reported today that Spaniard former world No.1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario announced her retirement from the Tour on Tuesday. Having turned pro in June 1985, she won 29 singles titles and 67 doubles titles, including 4 Grand Slam singles crowns, in her 17-year career. Miss Dokic teamed up with her in the doubles at the adidas International in 2000. Their last meeting in the singles was the final of the 2001 Toyota Princess Cup.
Monday, 11 November, 2002 - Tour Championships, Singles Statistics
Top seed and defending champion Serena Williams reached the final of the Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles, fighting back after losing the 1st set to defeat 3rd seed Jennifer Capriati, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's semi-finals. She will now meet 5th seed Kim Clijsters, who also booked her finals berth when 2nd seed Venus Williams was forced to retire with a left leg injury at 0-5 in the opening set of their semi-final match on Sunday. Today's order of play is as follows.
Monday, 11 November (Finals):
Serena Williams (USA)(1) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)(5) - 07:00 p.m.
E. Dementieva (RUS) / J. Husarova (SVK)(3) vs. C. Black (ZIM) / E. Likhovtseva (RUS)(5)
Miss Dokic played 79 singles matches this season. Statistics show that the percentage of winning in straight sets has decreased by 11% to 68% as compared with last season's 79%.
Sunday, 10 November, 2002 - Tour Championships
Having started in Tokyo in late January, Miss Dokic finished her 2002 marathon Tour last night. She was defeated by top seed and defending champion Serena Williams, 6-7 (1), 0-6 in the quarter-finals of the season-ending Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Reuters reported today that Miss Dokic had been hampered by a painful sprained ankle which she injured during her first practice after arriving in Los Angeles. She will reduce drastically her schedule to 20 or 21 tournaments next season. Today's order of play is as follows.
Sunday, 10 November (Semifinals):
Kim Clijsters (BEL)(5) vs. Venus Williams (USA)(2) - 01:00 p.m.
Serena Williams (USA)(1) vs. Jennifer Capriati (USA)(3)
C. Black (ZIM) / E. Likhovtseva (RUS)(5) vs. L. Raymond (USA) / R. Stubbs (AUS)(2)
R. Fujiwara (JPN) / A. Sugiyama (JPN) vs. E. Dementieva (RUS) / J. Husarova (SVK)(3)
Angelique Widjaja won the Volvo Women's Open with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Yoon Jeong Cho of Korea in Sunday's final in Pattaya City, Thailand. It was the 2nd WTA Tour title for Indonesian teenager, who won her previous title in 2001 at her debut WTA Tour event, the Wismilak International in Bali.
Saturday, 09 November, 2002 - Tour Championships
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play her quarter-final match today against world No.1 Serena Williams, the toughest player in the Tour, at the evening session of the Home Depot Championships in Los Angeles. She said in her post-match interview on Thursday: "I have no pressure. I'll enjoy it."
According to the WTA Tour official website, today's order of play is as follows.
Saturday, 09 November (Top Half):
Jennifer Capriati (USA)(3) vs. Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) - 01:00 p.m.
E. Dementieva (RUS) / J. Husarova (SVK)(3) vs. T. Krizan (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
V. Ruano Pascual (ESP) / P. Suarez (ARG)(1) vs. R. Fujiwara (JPN) / A. Sugiyama (JPN) - 06:00 p.m.
Serena Williams (USA)(1) vs. Jelena Dokic (YUG)(8) - not before 08:00 p.m.
Friday, 08 November, 2002 - Tour Championships
Wearing Fila's 2003 spring collection which features Ferrari red and white, Miss Dokic appeared on Center Court in front of only a few hundred spectators at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and then cruised past Russian Anastasia Myskina, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the season-ending Home Depot Championships yesterday.
She will now face top seed and defending champion Serena Williams, a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Anna Smashnova, in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Friday, 08 November (Bottom Half):
Kim Clijsters (BEL)(5) vs. Justine Henin (BEL)(4) - 12:30 p.m.
J. Lee (TPE) / W. Prakusya (INA) vs. L. Raymond (USA) / R. Stubbs (AUS)(2)
Monica Seles (USA)(6) vs. Venus Williams (USA)(2) - 7:00 p.m.
N. Arendt (USA) / L. Huber (RSA) vs. C. Black (ZIM) / E. Likhovtseva (RUS)(5)
Wednesday, 06 November, 2002 - Tour Championships
The Home Depot Championships start today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Miss Dokic is making her second appearance at the season-ending Championships. The WTA Tour official website provided the photos at the City of Hope Charity Fundraising Dinner in Los Angeles. She attended the ceremony on Monday along with other top players. The following are corrected schedule for the singles 1st round:
Wednesday, 06 November (Bottom Half):
Elena Dementieva (RUS) vs. Justine Henin (BEL)(4) - 12:30 p.m.
Kim Clijsters (BEL)(5) vs. Chanda Rubin (USA)
Monica Seles (USA)(6) vs. Lindsay Davenport (USA) - 7:00 p.m.
Patty Schnyder (SUI) vs. Venus Williams (USA)(2)
Thursday, 07 November (Top Half):
Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)(7) - 12:30 p.m.
Anastasia Myskina (RUS) vs. Jelena Dokic (YUG)(8)
Serena Williams (USA)(1) vs. Anna Smashnova (ISR) - 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer Capriati (USA)(3) vs. Silvia Farina Elia (ITA)
She debuted at the Tour Championships as the 6th seed last year, defeating Meghann Shaughnessy in the opening round before losing to 2nd seeded Lindsay Davenport in the quarter-finals. The WTA's year-end rankings will be determined after next Monday's Final.
By the way, Miss Dokic reportedly said that she is considering hiring a new tennis coach for next year, the Tennisreporters.net website reported on Tuesday.
Monday, 04 November, 2002 (2) - WTA Rankings, Fed Cup
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 10's standings. Miss Dokic remains at No.9 in the singles and No.13 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 04 November 2002:
The Fed Cup 2002 final was held at Maspalomas in Canary Islands last weekend and the Slovak Republic won the title for the first time with a 3-1 win over five-time champion and host country Spain on Sunday.
Saturday, 02 November:
Conchita Martinez (ESP) def. Janette Husarova (SVK), 6-4, 7-6 (6)
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP), 6-2, 6-1
Sunday, 03 November:
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) def. Conchita Martinez (ESP), 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-4
Janette Husarova (SVK) def. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP), 6-0, 6-2
Ruano Pascual / Serna (ESP) vs. Hantuchova / Husarova (SVK), cancelled
The ITF announced the draw for the 2003 Fed Cup World Group on Friday. The 1st round matches will be played on the weekend of 26-27 April, 2003. The quarter-finals will be staged on 19-20 July and the semi-finals and final will be held the week of 17th November, after the WTA Tour Championships.
Fed Cup World Group 2003 Draw:
Monday, 04 November, 2002 (1) - Tour Championships
The WTA Tour official website has announced the draws for the season-ending Home Depot Championships, starting on Wednesday. In the singles competition, Miss Dokic was seeded 8th in the top half of the draw and will meet Russian debutant Anastasia Myskina in the 1st round before facing either top seeded defending champion Serena Williams or another debutant Anna Smashnova of Israel in the quarter-finals. Her 2nd appearance at the Tour Championships is scheduled at the 1st match of Thursday's Day Session, which starts at 12:30 p.m. (local time).
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