Friday, 28 February, 2003 - State Farm Women's Tennis Classic|
After receiving a 1st-round bye, 4th seeded Miss Dokic was upset by Meghann Shaughnessy, 4-6, 2-6 in the 2nd round on Thursday in her debut appearance at the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic. Meghann Shaughnessy will now face Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the quarter-finals on Friday. In other rain-delayed 2nd-round matches on a day of upsets, Ai Sugiyama from Japan ousted 3rd seeded Lindsay Davenport, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, and Laura Granville defeated 5th seeded compatriot Chanda Rubin, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1. Additionally with the top seed and defending champion Serena Williams withdrawing before her 2nd-round match due to left knee tendonitis, only 3 seeded players remain in the draw - 2nd seed Kim Clijsters, 6th seed Eleni Daniilidou and 8th seed Nathalie Dechy.
The doubles 1st-round match for Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova was postponed again due to rain delay on Thursday. They will meet French pair of Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro at Friday's 2nd match on Club House Court. The winners will play in the quarter-finals against the winners of a match between Russian pair of Alina Jidkova / Evgenia Koulikovskaya and 4th seeded pair of Janette Husarova / Barbara Schett at the 4th match on the same court.
Thursday, 27 February, 2003 - State Farm Women's Tennis Classic
Miss Dokic will meet hometown favorite and 2001 finalist Meghann Shaughnessy at the opening match on Stadium Court of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess today. The 2nd-round match is due to start at 10:00 a.m. (local time). Meghann Shaughnessy defeated Daja Bedanova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 in the 1st round on Wednesday.
Wednesday, 26 February, 2003 - State Farm Women's Tennis Classic, Sarasota Clay Court Classic
Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova are scheduled to play in the doubles 1st round today against French pair of Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro at the 5th match on Club House Court. In the singles competition, Daja Bedanova will meet Meghann Shaughnessy at the 3rd match on Stadium Court earlier this afternoon. The 1st-round match was due to take place on Tuesday but has been rescheduled for Wednesday because of rain. However, showers and thunderstorms are forecast throughout Wednesday, according to the weather report by the azcentral.com.
The Tennis Week website reported today that Miss Dokic will participate in the Tier4 Sarasota Clay Court Classic (formerly Sarasota Open) next month to defend both her singles and doubles crowns. She claimed her 4th career title with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Tatiana Panova in the singles final and won her 2nd career title with partner Elena Likhovtseva in the doubles final at the inaugural event in 2002. This year's event is scheduled to start on 31st March at the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota, Florida.
Monday, 24 February, 2003 - State Farm Women's Tennis, Copa Colsanitas, WTA Rankings
The qualifying final round and main draw 1st-round matches will be played today at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort. The State Farm Women's Tennis Classic official website announced the doubles main draw. Miss Dokic will team up again with Daja Bedanova, her potential 2nd round opponent in the singles. They were drawn to meet French pair of Marion Bartoli and Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the 1st round.
Local 4th seed Fabiola Zuluaga defended her title of the Copa Colsanitas with a 6-3 6-2 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain at Sunday's final in Bogota, Colombia.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic remains at No.9 position in the singles and at No.13 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 24 February 2003:
Sunday, 23 February, 2003 - State Farm Women's Tennis, Dubai Open, Kroger St. Jude
OMG... Unlike the upcoming schedules for Top 15 in the WTA Tour's official newsletter (as of 17th February), Miss Dokic seems to take part in the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic this week after taking a week off. The tournament official website has announced the singles main draw. She was seeded 4th in the same half of the draw as 2nd seeded Kim Clijsters. Top 4 seeds received byes into the 2nd round in the 28-player field. She will face a tough task against either Meghann Shaughnessy or Daja Bedanova in the 2nd round. Top seed is defending champion Serena Williams and 3rd seed is Lindsay Davenport. The Tier2 hard-court tournament will be held from 24th February to 2nd March at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Miss Dokic was not able to make her debut in last year's event due to a leg injury.
On Saturday, top seed Justin Henin-Hardenne defeated Monica Seles, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 to win the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open in Dubai, UAE, while 2nd seeded Lisa Raymond defeated 3rd seed Amanda Coetzer, 6-3, 6-2 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA to win the Kroger St. Jude tennis tournament for a 2nd straight year.
Monday, 17 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games, Qatar Open, WTA Rankings
Miss Dokic seems not to participate in this week's tournaments - Dubai Duty Free Women's Open in Dubai, Copa Colsanitas in Bogota and Kroger St. Jude Tennis Championships in Memphis.
Top seeded Venus Williams defeated 2nd seed Kim Clijsters in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 at the singles final in Antwerp on Sunday to defend her title of the Proximus Diamond Games. It was her first title of the season. Kim Clijsters won the doubles title with partner Ai Sugiyama by defeating Nathalie Dechy and Emilie Loit, 6-2, 6-0 after the singles title match on Sunday.
Anastasia Myskina won her 3rd career Tour title when she defeated Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 6-1 at Sunday's all-Russian final of the Qatar Total FinaElf Open in Doha.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic returned to No.9 position in the singles but moved down to No.13 in the doubles ranking. Monica Seles dropped out of the Top 10, while Anastasia Myskina moved into the Top 10 for the first time in her career.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 17 February 2003:
Sunday, 16 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games
Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova were overpowered by top seeded pair of Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama, 2-6, 0-6 in the doubles semi-finals of the 2003 Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp yesterday. Kim Clijsters has reached the finals in both singles and doubles with a 6-2 7-6 (3) win over compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne in the singles earlier yesterday. Top 2 seeds in both singles and doubles will meet in Sunday's finals.
Saturday's Results in Antwerp:
Venus Williams (USA)(1) def. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)(4), 6-1, 6-4
Kim Clijsters (BEL)(2) def. Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)(3), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
K. Clijsters (BEL) / A. Sugiyama (JPN)(1) def. D. Bedanova (CZE) / J. Dokic (YUG)(3), 6-2, 6-0
N. Dechy (FRA) / E. Loit (FRA)(2) def. M. Matevzic (SLO) / P. Schnyder (SUI)(4), 6-3, 6-2
* Qualifying and Main Draw Photos at the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Tennis are available here.
Saturday, 15 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games
Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova advanced to the semi-finals in the doubles with a 6-3 6-4 win over Belgian wild-card pair of Elke Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens last night at Antwerp Sportpaleis. They were set to meet top seeded team of Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama this afternoon for a final berth. Top 4 seeds in both singles and doubles have reached the semi-finals.
Saturday's Order of Play:
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)(3) vs. Kim Clijsters (BEL)(2) - starting at 14:00
K. Clijsters (BEL) / A. Sugiyama (JPN)(1) vs. D. Bedanova (CZE) / J. Dokic (YUG)(3) - after suitable rest
Venus Williams (USA)(1) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK)(4) - not before 19:00
M. Matevzic (SLO) / P. Schnyder (SUI)(4) vs. N. Dechy (FRA) / E. Loit (FRA)(2)
Friday, 14 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games
Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova will play in the doubles against Elke Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens at Friday's 2nd match of the evening session on Main Court at Antwerp Sportpaleis. If they conquer the Belgian wild-card pair, our 3rd seeded team will find top seeds Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama waiting in the semi-finals.
Wednesday, 12 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games, Heinz Gunthardt, Martina Hingis
Miss Dokic lost to Japan's Ai Sugiyama, 5-7, 7-5, 3-6 in the 1st round of the 2003 Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp last night. - As the scoreline suggested, it was a close and tough contest. She seemed to fight well against the consistent opponent. This season has just started last month and she has played only 5 singles matches this year. She will soon regain her rhythm, we hope.
In the doubles competition, Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova will meet Belgian wild-card team of Elke Clijsters and Kirsten Flipkens in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Steffi Graf's former coach Heinz Gunthardt told that the initial agreement was for him to work with Miss Dokic for 25 weeks this year but it would be too early to assess her potential, The Australian reported today. He was quoted as saying: "I don't yet know her well enough to be able to judge her potential... It will take me at least three to four months until I have a vague idea of what she is capable of."
Former world No.1 Martina Hingis confirmed on Monday her decision to retire from the Tour due to ongoing foot problems, according to the ITFtennis.com. The WTA Tour also erased her name from the Injury Report in the Official Newsletter (10 February Issue). She, now continuing rehabilitation from surgery on her left ankle, is only 22 years old. She stayed on No.1 of the singles rankings for 209 weeks, winning 5 Grand Slam singles titles. She won her 40th career title (and her latest tilte) at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in February 2002 by defeating Monica Seles in the final, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3. Her last tournament was the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Filderstadt in October 2002, where she made a 2nd-round exit with losing in straight sets, 3-6, 1-6 to Elena Dementieva. At the next week, she slipped out of the top 10 in the singles rankings. In June 1999, she suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her professional career at the hands of Miss Dokic, recording a 2-6 0-6 loss in the opening round at Wimbledon.
Monday, 10 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games, WTA Rankings
The 2003 Proximus Diamond Games started at Sportpaleis in Antwerp today. The 3rd seeded team of Miss Dokic and partner Daja Bedanova cruised past Amanda Hopmans and Patty Van Acker, 6-1, 6-4 today to advance to the quarter-finals of the doubles competition. In the singles, Daja Bedanova was defeated by Maja Matevzic of Slovenia, 2-6, 3-6 at the opening match of the main draw earlier today. Miss Dokic will face off against Ai Sugiyama at Tuesday's 2nd match of the evening session on Main Court with 1st match beginning not before 19:00 (local time).
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic remains at No.10 in the singles and at No.12 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 10 February 2003:
Sunday, 09 February, 2003 - Proximus Diamond Games, Open Gaz de France
The 2003 Proximus Diamond Games official website announced the doubles main draw today. Miss Dokic will pair up with Daja Bedanova of Czech Republic for the first time. They will play in the 1st round against Amanda Hopmans and Patty Van Acker at the 4th match on Main Court tomorrow.
Top seed Serena Williams won her 2nd title of the year by defeating 3rd seeded Amelie Mauresmo, 6-3, 6-2 at Sunday's final of the 2003 Open Gaz de France in Paris. Serena Williams has been unbeaten this season and Amelie Mauresmo has reached the final in her first tournament of the season after recovering from a knee injury.
Saturday, 08 February, 2003 (2) - Proximus Diamond Games, Open Gaz de France, Indian Open
Miss Dokic will take part in the Proximus Diamond Games 2003 next week. The Tier2 indoor greenset-court tournament will be held from 10th to 16th February at Antwerps Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium. The tournament official website has already announced the singles main draw. Miss Dokic was seeded 6th in the same quarter of the draw as 3rd seed Justine Henin-Hardenne. Top 4 seeds received byes into the 2nd round in the 28-player field. She will face off against Japan's top player Ai Sugiyama in the opening round for the first time since September 2000 and was drawn to play her 2nd round match against either Magui Serna of Spain or Angelika Roesch of Germany. The top seed is defending champion Venus Williams and another local favorite Kim Clijsters was seeded 2nd.
Having turned pro in 1994, Thailand's top player Tamarine Tanasugarn, seeded 2nd, won her first WTA singles title when she defeated 5th seed Iroda Tulyaganova of Uzbekistan, 6-4, 6-4 in Saturday's final of the inaugural Tier4 WTA Indian Open in Hyderabad, India.
Saturday, 08 February, 2003 (1) - Open Gaz de France
Miss Dokic likely needs more time to regain her form. She lost to 8th seed Eleni Daniilidou in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals at the 2003 Open Gaz de France in Paris yesterday.
Eleni Daniilidou will now face top seed and World No.1 Serena Williams in the semi-finals today. In other quarter-final matches on Friday, Elena Dementieva upset 2nd seed Daniela Hantuchova, 7-5, 6-3.
Thursday, 06 February, 2003 - Open Gaz de France
Miss Dokic scored a 6-3 6-4 win over local Emilie Loit to advance to the quarter-finals at the 2003 Open Gaz de France in Paris this evening.
She will now face occasional doubles partner and 8th seed Eleni Daniilidou at the 2nd match on Central Court for a semi-final berth tomorrow. The 1st match between Elena Dementieva and 2nd seed Daniela Hantuchova will start at 1:45 p.m. (local time). The Greek tough rising star booked her quarter-final berth earlier today with a 6-0 6-4 win over local qualifier Stephanie Foretz.
Wednesday, 05 February, 2003 - Open Gaz de France, WTA Tour Championships
Miss Dokic will start her 2003 European tour tomorrow. After receiving a 1st-round bye, 4th seed Miss Dokic is awaiting a 2nd-round clash with Emilie Loit, who defeated compatriot Virginie Razzano in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 at the opening match on Central Court this afternoon. Miss Dokic and Emilie Loit will meet at Thursday's 1st match of the evening session on Central Court, which starts at 7:00 p.m. or later (local time).
Monday, 03 February, 2003 - Open Gaz de France, WTA Rankings
Miss Dokic left Tokyo with a male hitting partner on Saturday morning. She will participate this week in the Open Gaz de France 2003, Tier2 indoor greenset-court tournament, which will be held from today to 9th February at The Pierre de Coubertin Stadium in Paris, France. Both singles and doubles main draws have been already announced. Last year's runner-up Miss Dokic was seeded 4th in the same half of the draw as top seed Serena Williams. Top 4 seeds received byes into the 2nd round in the 28-player field. She will play her 2nd round match against either local qualifier Virginie Razzano or Emilie Loit. Her potential quarter-final opponents include unseeded Alexandra Stevenson and 8th seed Eleni Daniilidou. The 2nd seed is Daniela Hantuchova and local favorite Amelie Mauresmo, recovering from a right knee injury, is 3rd seed.
Miss Dokic seems not to participate in the doubles competition this week.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic slipped 2 places to No.10 in the singles rankings, switching places with Lindsay Davenport, but remains at No.12 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 03 February 2003:
Sunday, 02 February, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, Babolat
2nd seeded Miss Dokic lost to Lisa Raymond in straight sets, 4-6, 2-6 on Friday in the quarter-finals at the 20th edition of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
I am very sorry to say that it was not worth while seeing the match. Of course it was her first tournament of the season and opponent Lisa Raymond is a good player. But I could not find any intentness in her play...
In Sunday's final, 3rd seeded Lindsay Davenport won her 3rd Pan Pacific Open title, fighting back after losing the 1st set to defeat top seeded compatriot Monica Seles, 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-2.
In the doubles competition, Miss Dokic and partner Nadia Petrova, 4th seeded team, lost to Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik in 2 tight tie-break sets, 6-7 (5), 6-7 (5) also on Friday in the quarter-finals.
The 3rd seeded pair of Elena Bovina and Rennae Stubbs won the doubles title with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Lindsay Davenport and Lisa Raymond at Sunday's 2nd title match.
Miss Dokic seemed to use the Babolat Natural Gut, instead of the Pacific Natural Gut, at the 2003 Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Her racquet had both Head logo and Babolat's stencil mark - a black double line - on the strings.
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