Tuesday, 31 December, 2002 - New Year's Eve|
Miss Dokic started the 2002 season ranked No.8, and finished an injury-plagued year at No.9 without slipping out of the Top 10. Having started playing on the Tour at the age of 15 later in 1998, she needed only 3 years and 8 months before booking herself in the Top 5 in July.
Her first full season in the Top 10 was highlighted by winning 2 singles and 3 doubles titles and especially rising to a career-high No.4 ranking in August. She reached a career-best 11 semi-finals and 5 finals in the singles, winning the Tier4 Sarasota Open in April and the Tier3 DFS Classic in June. She also scored first-ever victories over Monica Seles at the Tier2 Open Gaz de France in February and Jennifer Capriati at the Tier2 Acura Tennis Classic in August. Despite relatively quiet major events performances, she reached the quarter-finals for the first time in her Roland Garros history and made her second appearance at the season-ending Championships in Los Angeles. In the doubles, she reached 5 finals and won the Sarasota Open with Elena Likhovtseva, the Tier2 JP Morgan Chase Open in Los Angeles with Kim Clijsters and recently the Tier2 Generali Ladies Linz with Nadia Petrova. She marked a career-high No.10 ranking in February.
Meanwhile she has endured an up-and-down year with right leg injuries due to her heavy schedule, losing her opening match 7 times in 29 tournaments (including the Toray Pan Pacific Open, her first tournament in 2002). And also she seemed to have been troubled with off-court problems for much of the second half of the year, with moving her base to Belgrade from Florida this year after celebrating her 19th birthday at Amelia Island in April.
I visited some junior tournaments and Tour events this year. Top junior players seemed to have been ready for participating in the Tour with not only power and technique but also on-court tactics and strategy. I believe Miss Dokic also will be hungry for improving her play. No doubt a wealth of experience and passion for performing will help her for more success in next season.
Friday, 20 December, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis
The 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament official website announced today the withdrawal of the defending champion, Martina Hingis. She reportedly has not fully recovered from left ankle surgery in May and needs further rehabilitation.
Entry List for the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2003 (Revised):
* Main Draw Photos at the IZAWA X'mas Open 2002 (JTT event) are available here.
Tuesday, 17 December, 2002 - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge
The Hong Kong Ladies Challenge 2003 official website announced on Monday the inclusion of Chanda Rubin (USA) in the field of 8 players. The exhibition tournament will be held from 1st to 4th January 2003 at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium in Hong Kong.
Players List of the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge 2003:
Tuesday, 10 December, 2002 - Gold Exempt Players, Ankle Injury
The 2003 Gold Exempt player list is now available. Miss Dokic was listed 8th, one place above her current ranking. She will be required to play 12 Tier 1 or 2 Tournaments and 1 Tier 3 Tournament next season, exclusive of the Grand Slams and the Tour Championships.
2003 Gold Exempt Player List:
According to the Yugoslav news website Novosti.co.yu, some cracks reportedly have been found in the bones of her right ankle. - I could not find any information as to how serious the injury is and when she will be able to return to court, but I wish her all the best in her full recovery!!
Sunday, 08 December, 2002 - Hong Kong Ladies Challenge, Collins Cup, Saddlebrook Resort
According to the official website of the Hong Kong Tennis Association (HKTA), players competing at the 2003 Hong Kong Ladies Challenge will be Monica Seles (USA), Elena Dementieva (RUS), Anastasia Myskina (RUS), Alexandra Stevenson (USA), Magdalena Maleeva (BUL), local 16-year-old Shuai Peng and 15-year-old Russian Maria Sharapova (instead of Anna Smashnova). The remaining one player's name has not yet been announced. Local organisers seem to be HKTA, Hong Kong Tennis Patrons Association (HKTPA) and Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).
America overpowered Europe, 6-1 at the Trilogy Tennis Festival, Collins Cup, which was held at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin last week in Miss Dokic's absence.
Results of the Collins Cup 2002:
Thursday, 5th December
Match 1: Lindsay Davenport (USA) def. Barbara Schett (AUT), 7-5, 7-5
Match 2: Monica Seles (USA) def. Anna Kournikova (RUS), 7-6 (4), 6-4
Friday, 6th December
Match 3: L. Davenport (USA) / M. Seles (USA) def. I. Majoli (CRO) / B. Schett (AUT), 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Match 4: S. Williams (USA) / V. Williams (USA) def. E. Bovina (RUS) / D. Hantuchova (SVK), 6-1, 6-4
Saturday, 7th December
Match 5: Serena Williams (USA) def. Iva Majoli (CRO), 7-5, 6-4
Match 6: Elena Bovina (RUS) def. Venus Williams (USA), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Match 7: Jennifer Capriati (USA) def. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
The Tennisreporters.net reported on Friday that Miss Dokic has decided not to sell her Florida's home in the Saddlebrook Resort for "sun, fun and practice."
Thursday, 05 December, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Australian Open, Collins Cup
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament official website announced today the entry list for 2003 event. Jennifer Capriati will come to the Tier1 indoor event for the first time since 1992, leading the 28 player field. The 6 missing players in the world's Top 10 are Serena and Venus Williams, Belgian pair of Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, Amelie Mauresmo of France and Slovak star Daniela Hantuchova. Miss Dokic will start her 2003 Tour in Tokyo.
Entry List for the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2003:
Entries for the 2003 Australian Open have closed. The recently retired Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, pregnant Sandrine Testud and Miss Dokic will be only 3 players ranked in the world's Top 100 absent from the women's singles draw, the Australian Open official website announced yesterday.
According to the Irish News website Unison.ie, Miss Dokic withdrew from the Trilogy Tennis Festival, Collins Cup charity event in Dublin, due to an ankle injury yesterday and has been replaced by Elena Bovina of Russia. - I am not sure what happened, but I hope she will get well soon!
Wednesday, 04 December, 2002 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, ITF World Champions
According to the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament official website, the entry list will be announced on Thursday. Main draw for the 20th event will start on Tuesday of 28th January at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
The International Tennis Federation announced the 2002 ITF World Champions on Tuesday. The World Champions will receive their awards at the ITF World Champions Dinner on 3rd June in Paris during 2003 Roland Garros. The Junior World Champions will be announced at the end of the 2002 ITF Junior Circuit.
The ITF World Champions for 2002
Women's Singles: Serena Williams (USA)
Men's Singles: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Women's Doubles: Paola Suarez (ARG) and Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP)
Men's Doubles: Mark Knowles (BAH) and Daniel Nestor (CAN)
Women's Wheelchair Tennis: Esther Vergeer (NED)
Men's Wheelchair Tennis: David Hall (AUS)
Monday, 02 December, 2002 - Collins Cup, WTA Rankings
Miss Dokic will play this week in the Trilogy Tennis Festival, Collins Cup, which will be held from Thursday to Saturday at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) in Dublin. According to the Thetrilogy.tv website, she will participate in a fashion show on Wednesday evening, the eve of the event, along with other 5 players - Anna Kournikova, Daniela Hantuchova, Iva Majoli, Barbara Schett and Lindsay Davenport.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking lists for 2nd December. There was no change of the top 10's standings and ranking points.
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