Thursday, 30 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Fed Cup|
Despite losing first 5 games, Miss Dokic fought back to win the opening set in a tie-break and closed off the match in straight sets, defeating Angelique Widjaja, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the 2nd round at the Toray Pan Pacific Tennis today.
She will next face unseeded Lisa Raymond, a 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 upset winner over 5th seed Magdalena Maleeva, in the quarter-finals at the 3rd match on Centre Court tomorrow.
Miss Dokic confirmed that she will not play Fed Cup for Yugoslavia. "I don't think I want to play for them. You know, I wasn't treated that greatly but it's definitely not something I play right now is not in my mind to do right now," she said in her post-match interview today.
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Wednesday, 29 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis
Miss Dokic returned to action today with partner Nadia Petrova in the doubles 1st round at the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open. They defeated Elena Dementieva and Silvia Farina Elia in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to quarter-finals, where they will meet Slovenian team of Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik on Friday. The clash will mark the 3rd meeting between the two teams. Their previous meetings are as follows:
2001 U.S. Open 2R: Krizan / Srebotnik def. Dokic / Petrova, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6 (4)
2001 Generali Ladies 1R: Dokic / Petrova def. Krizan / Srebotnik, 6-4, 6-4
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play in the 2nd round of singles against Angelique Widjaja at the 2nd match on Court-1 tomorrow. Angelique Widjaja cruised through to the 2nd round today after defeating Mi-Ra Jeon in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. She won her debut WTA Tour event - Tier3 Wismilak International - in Bali in September, 2001.
Tuesday, 28 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Moving to Britain
The 1st round of the main draws began today in Tokyo. Miss Dokic will play tomorrow her 1st match in 2003 season. She and partner Nadia Petrova will meet Elena Dementieva and Silvia Farina Elia at Wednesday's 4th match on Court-2. The 1st-round clash between Indonesian teenager Angelique Widjaja and Korea's beauty Mi-Ra Jeon is scheduled at the opening match on Court-1 tomorrow.
AAP reported today, quoting from British newspapers, that Miss Dokic's father has a plan to move his family to Britain by claiming political asylum during this year's Wimbledon because "we're disappointed with the way the Yugoslav state has treated us." He has mentioned a similar plan last August.
Monday, 27 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, WTA Rankings
The doubles main draw for the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament was announced today. Miss Dokic will pair up again with Nadia Petrova. This successful team in 2002 season was seeded 4th and will face Elena Dementieva and Silvia Farina Elia in the 1st round. The following are the results of the singles qualifying final round on Monday. Miss Dokic will meet either Indonesian wild card entrant Angelique Widjaja or Korean qualifier Mi-Ra Jeon in the 2nd round on Thursday.
Court1: Stephanie Cohen Aloro (FRA) def. Els Callens (BEL), 7-5, 6-4
Court1: Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) def. Sarah Taylor (USA), 6-0, 6-3
Court2: Rita Grande (ITA) def. Yoon Jeong Cho (KOR), 6-4, 6-3
Court2: Mi-Ra Jeon (KOR) def. Kristie Boogert (NED), 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Daniela Hantuchova boosted her singles rank into top 5 for the first time in her career. Miss Dokic also moved up to No.8 in the singles and No.12 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 27 January 2003:
Sunday, 26 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Australian Open
The official website of the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament announced the singles main draw today. Top 4 seeds received byes into the 2nd round in the 28-player field. Miss Dokic was seeded 2nd in the same half of the draw as 3rd seeded two-time champion Lindsay Davenport. She will play in the 2nd round against either Indonesian wild card entrant Angelique Widjaja or a qualifier. Top seed is last year's runner-up Monica Seles and 4th seed is Chanda Rubin. The singles qualifying final round will be played on Monday and the 1st round of the main draw will start on Tuesday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Singles Qualifying Final Round for the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2003:
Court1: Stephanie Cohen Aloro (FRA) vs. Els Callens (BEL)
Court1: Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) vs. Sarah Taylor (USA)
Court2: Rita Grande (ITA) vs. Yoon Jeong Cho (KOR)
Court2: Kristie Boogert (NED) vs. Mi-Ra Jeon (KOR)
I traveled to Tokyo from Saturday to Sunday to watch the qualifying round, but unfortunately I could not see Miss Dokic practicing at the tournament venue...
Top seeds Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic and Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus won the Australian Open junior singles titles on Sunday in Melbourne. The 16-year-old Barbora Strycova defended her 2002 title by defeating 9th seed Viktoria Kutusova of Ukraine, 0-6, 6-2, 6-2, while the 17-year-old Marcos Baghdatis defeated 6th seeded Florin Mergea of Romania in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Friday, 24 January, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Australian Open
The qualifying round of the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament will be played from Saturday to Monday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The tournament official website announced today the withdrawals of Jennifer Capriati, Anna Kournikova and Anne Kremer. The former world No.1 Jennifer Capriati reportedly has not yet fully recovered from recent eye surgery. She made a 1st-round exit in the Australian Open last week, going down to Marlene Weingartner of Germany. Anna Kournikova reportedly has pulled out with a back sprain, but not sure... The organizers also announced that wild cards had been issued to Mary Pierce, Angelique Widjaja and Saori Obata.
Entry List for the Toray Pan Pacific Open 2003 (Revised):
Top seeded pair of Venus and Serena Williams claimed their 2nd Australian Open women's doubles title today with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over the 2nd seeds, Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez. The sisters will be on opposite sides of the net in the singles final tomorrow. It will be the 4th straight All-Williams final in a Grand Slam. Serena won the previous 3 events - the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2002. Top seed Serena has reached the singles final with a 4-6 6-3 7-5 win over 4th seeded Kim Clijsters, while 2nd seed Venus cruised past 5th seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-3, 6-3 in the semi-finals.
Sunday, 12 January, 2003 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released today new ranking tables as of 13th January. Miss Dokic remains at No.9 in the singles and No.14 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 13 January 2003:
Saturday, 11 January, 2003 - adidas International, Canberra Women's Classic
Kim Clijsters defeated former World No.1 Lindsay Davenport in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to earn her 11th career WTA singles title in the final of the Tier2 adidas International in Sydney today. She also won the doubles title with partner Ai Sugiyama, defeating veteran pair of Conchita Martinez and Rennae Stubbs, 6-3, 6-3.
Last year's Sydney finalist Meghann Shaughnessy collected her 3rd career WTA singles title in the other Saturday's final. She posted a straight-set victory over Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the Tier5 Canberra Women's Classic today.
Friday, 10 January, 2003 - Australian Open, Moorilla International, Pat Rafter
The singles draw for the 2003 Australian Open was announced today. - We are sorry about Miss Dokic's absence from Melbourne now, all the more because we know the reason.
Alicia Molik became the first Australian woman to win a WTA Tour title since 1995 when she captured her first career Tour title with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 victory over Amy Frazier in Friday's final of the Tier5 Moorilla International Women's Tennis Tournament in Hobart. The 21-year-old, coached by David Taylor, has defeated defending champion Martina Sucha, top seed Katarina Srebotnik, rising star Vera Zvonareva and Bratislava finalist Iveta Benesova en route to the final.
Australia's Patrick Rafter, U.S. Open champion (1997, 1998) and Wimbledon finalist (2000, 2001), officially announced his retirement from professional tennis today, after taking several months for his arm to recover from stress fracture injuries he sustained in late 2001. He was born on 28th December 1972 and has turned pro in 1991. His last event was the Davis Cup Final between Australia and France at Melbourne in 2001.
Wednesday, 08 January, 2003 - Australian Open
The 2003 Australian Open official website announced the seeded players today. Among top 32 players, Miss Dokic and injured 2 players, Amelie Mauresmo and Martina Hingis, will pull out of this year's first Grand Slam tournament. The qualifying round starts tomorrow and the main draw will start next Monday at Melbourne Park. The singles main draw will be announced on Friday.
Seeded Players at the 2003 Australian Open:
Tuesday, 07 January, 2003 - ITF World Champions
The International Tennis Federation completely announced the 2002 ITF World Champions line-up yesterday, adding the 2002 World Junior Champions.
Monday, 06 January, 2003 - WTA Rankings
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.14 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 06 January 2003:
Saturday, 04 January, 2003 - Season-opening Events
Having made her debut on the WTA Tour at Strasbourg as a qualifier in 1995, Nathalie Dechy of France won her first singles tour title today by defeating Swiss teenager Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the final of the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts, Tier3 season-opening tournament in Gold Coast, Australia. Meanwhile, Greek Eleni Daniilidou celebrated her second tour title in her career today with a 6-4 4-6 7-6 (2) victory over Korean Yoon Jeong Cho in the final of the Tier4 ASB Bank Classic in Auckland, New Zealand.
The final session of the Hyundai Hopman Cup was held today at the Burswood International Resort in Perth, and Serena Williams and James Blake of the United States defeated Australia's Alicia Molik and Lleyton Hewitt in the men's and women's singles and the mixed doubles, 3-0.
Top seeded Monica Seles won the Hong Kong Ladies Challenge exhibition tournament when she defeated Chanda Rubin, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in Saturday's final at the Victoria Park Tennis Stadium in Hong Kong.
Wednesday, 01 January, 2003 - A Happy New Year, WTA Tour
Best Wishes for a happy, healthy and successful New Year 2003 to Miss Dokic and all of her fans!
She has a high aim to finish this season in Top 5. Let's support her together!!
The Sanex WTA Tour's official newsletter (30th December Issue) announced that the Tour will officially be called as "The WTA Tour" from 1st January 2003. The corporate logo and the official website (www.wtatour.com) were changed today.
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