Wednesday, 30 April, 2003 - J&S Cup, WTA Tour Weekly Poll|
Miss Dokic advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2003 J&S Cup with a 7-5 7-6 (12) win over teenager Myriam Casanova in the 2nd round on Wednesday. She won the match during a tight and long tie-break in the 2nd set. The longest tie-break in the 2003 WTA Tour is 15-13, which was recorded at the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts in Gold Coast in January when South Africa's qualifier Chanelle Scheepers defeated local wildcard Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 7-6 (13) in the 1st round. -- Sorry, I am not sure about the score-line of first 6 points in a tie-break during the 2nd set.
Next up for Miss Dokic will be the winner of a Thursday's 2nd-round match between qualifier Sandra Kleinova and Spaniard Magui Serna.
The latest WTA Tour Weekly Poll asked which of the following top 4 seeds will win this week's J&S Cup in Warsaw. The result of 38,108 voters is as follows:
Tuesday, 29 April, 2003 - J&S Cup
Miss Dokic will play her opening match at the 2003 J&S Cup Tennis Tournament in Warsaw against Switzerland's young hope Myriam Casanova, who ousted veteran Rossana Neffa-de Los Rios, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the 1st round on Tuesday. Their 2nd-round clash is scheduled at the 4th match on Centre Court on Wednesday, with the 1st match starting at 11:00 a.m. (local time).
* Play-off Round Photos at the 2003 Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Qualifying are available here.
Monday, 28 April, 2003 - J&S Cup, WTA Rankings
Miss Dokic will not participate in the doubles competition at the Warszawianka Tennis Club in Warsaw. The 2003 J&S Cup official website announced today the doubles main draw, 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 No.10 in the singles and No.14 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 28 April 2003:
Sunday, 27 April, 2003 - J&S Cup
The 2003 J&S Cup official website has announced the singles main draw. Miss Dokic was seeded No.4 in the 3rd quarter of the draw and will receive a 1st-round bye along with other top seeds, Venus Williams, Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova, in a 28 field. She will play her opening match with the winner of a 1st-round match between Myriam Casanova and Rossana Neffa-de Los Rios. The 2nd round is scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday. The 2002 champion Elena Bovina seems to withdraw from this year's event due to serious fever.
Thursday, 24 April, 2003 - J&S Cup
After taking a break for this Fed-Cup week, Miss Dokic will participate in the 2003 J&S Cup Tennis Tournament next week. The tier2 clay-court tournament will take place from 28th April to 4th May at the Warszawianka Tennis Club, which had hosted the Warsaw Cup by Heros from 1995 to 2000, in Warsaw, Poland. She reached the quarterfinals in 1999 as a wild card entrant in the main draw. The qualifying round matches will be played by 32 players from Saturday, 26th April to Monday, 28th April.
Wednesday, 23 April, 2003 - Athens Olympics
The Tennis Australia official website made a quick reaction to a newspaper report by releasing a statement about Miss Dokic on Wednesday. The statement article in "Latest News" is as follows:
Statement from Tennis Australia relating to speculation in a Sunday newspaper about Jelena Dokic wishing to represent Australia in the Olympics:
Tennis Australia President Geoff Pollard said: "Whilst no approach has been received from Jelena Dokic to represent Australia in the next Olympics, Tennis Australia has always maintained that as an Australian citizen, should Jelena wish to resume playing under the Australian flag we would make her welcome.
"Her formative years in tennis were here where she was involved in Tennis Australia's player development program, so we have a fundamental link with her that will always be there. If it turned out we had a role to play in her future then we would unequivocally stand by that responsibility.
"Jelena is one of the world's best players. She is still only 20, and her representation for Australia at Fed Cup, the Olympics and Hopman Cup cannot be faulted.
"Given Jelena is now an adult, if at some point in the future she formally approached Tennis Australia on this matter, we would recognise her Australian citizenship and in a fair-minded way would consider her under the same selection criteria as any other eligible player.
"Tennis Australia would never put any pressure on her to play for Australia. It would be for her to advise us if she is looking to take such a step but at this stage all this is pure speculation," Mr Pollard said.
Monday, 21 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships, WTA Rankings
Having turned pro in August, 1998, Elena Dementieva captured her first-ever WTA singles title with upsetting 3 of the top 4 seeds at the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships in Amelia Island. Before defeating 2nd seeded Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in Sunday's final, Russian 10th seed ousted 4th seeded Daniela Hantuchova, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-finals and top seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to gain a berth in the final.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic came back in the top 10 in the singles rankings, and also moved up to No.14 position in the doubles.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 21 April 2003:
Sunday, 20 April, 2003 - Athens Olympics, Budapest Grand Prix
The Age.com.au, an Australia's news website, reported today that Miss Dokic wants to play for Australia at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. According to the report, Tennis Australia's official confirmed that they had talked with her representatives on the matter which had not been finalised yet. She will reportedly need to play at least 2 Fed Cup ties for Australia to qualify and will need to make her final decision by July.
The 2nd seeded Magui Serna claimed her 2nd singles title of the year with a 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over 3rd seeded Alicia Molik in Sunday's final of the 2003 Tippmix Budapest Grand Prix in Budapest. The 46th-ranked Spaniard has won her previous title in Estoril last week.
* Main Draw Photos at the 2003 Japan Open Junior Tennis Championships (ITF Grade1 event) are available here.
Friday, 18 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
Miss Dokic unfortunately lost in both singles and doubles action at the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships on Thursday. She suffered a 3rd-round defeat at the hands of 12th seed Lisa Raymond, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 2-6. According to the match statistics, she hit 52 winners compared to 46 (including 14 aces) for Lisa Raymond, but made 41 unforced errors to Raymond's 24. This marked her 2nd straight loss in 4 career meetings with Lisa Raymond.
In the doubles, Miss Dokic and partner Rennae Stubbs were upset by unseeded pair of Meilen Tu and Maria Vento-Kabchi in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (9), 5-7 in the quarter-finals after receiving a 1st-round bye.
Thursday, 17 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
After receiving a 1st-round bye, the 5th seeded Miss Dokic got off to a winning start, but not easily, at the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships by defeating unseeded Tina Pisnik, 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 in the 2nd round on Wednesday.
She will now face 12th seed Lisa Raymond, who has ousted qualifier Julia Vakulenko from Ukraine, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in the 2nd round on Tuesday. They will meet at the 2nd match on Stadium Court on Thursday for a quarter-final berth. The 1st match between 15th seeded Paola Suarez and 3rd seeded Jennifer Capriati is due to start at 11:00 a.m. (local time).
Wednesday, 16 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
Miss Dokic will play her opening match at the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships against Slovenia's Tina Pisnik, who advanced to the 2nd round after surviving a tough 3 set battle against local wild card Jennifer Hopkins, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-1 on Tuesday. They are scheduled to meet at the opening match on Stadium Court, starting at 11:00 a.m. (local time) on Wednesday.
Tuesday, 15 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships
The 3rd seeded team of Miss Dokic and Rennae Stubbs received an opening-round bye after their opponent team of Marion Bartoli and Evie Dominikovic withdrew from the doubles competition at Amelia Island due to Dominikovic's right plantar fasciitis. They will meet either Elena Dementieva / Lina Krasnoroutskaya or Meilen Tu / Maria Vento-Kabchi in the quarter-finals.
Monday, 14 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships, Family Circle Cup, WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website has announced the doubles main draw of the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships. Miss Dokic will team up with Australian doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Olympics. They were seeded 3rd in a 16 field and will meet qualifiers Marion Bartoli of France and Evie Dominikovic of Australia in the opening round. Nadia Petrova was forced to retire with a right ankle sprain from her qualifying final round match against Japan's No.4 player Akiko Morigami. Last week's partner Daniela Hantuchova seems to pair up with Daja Bedanova.
At the 2003 Family Circle Cup in Daniel Island, the 2nd seeded Justine Henin-Hardenne captured her 2nd title of the season with a straight-set victory over top seeded Serena Williams in Sunday's final, 6-3, 6-4. It was the first loss of the season for World No.1 Serena Williams after winning 24 matches in a row since the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic remains at No.11 position in the singles rankings, but slipped 2 places to No.15 in the doubles. Kim Clijsters reached a career-best in the singles rankings as new No.2 player, overtaking previous No.2 Venus Williams.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 14 April 2003:
Sunday, 13 April, 2003 - Bausch & Lomb Championships, Estoril Open
The WTA Tour official website has announced the singles main draw of the 2003 Bausch & Lomb Championships. Miss Dokic was seeded No.5 in the 3rd seeded Jennifer Capriati' quarter of the draw. Top 16 seeds in a 48 field will receive byes in the opening round. She will meet either wild card Jennifer Hopkins or former doubles partner Tina Pisnik in the 2nd round. Top seed is last year's runner-up Justine Henin-Hardenne and the 2nd seed is Lindsay Davenport. The 2002 champion Venus Williams seems not to participate in this year's event.
In Portugal, the 2nd seeded Spaniard Magui Serna defeated German qualifier Julia Schruff, 6-4, 6-1 in Sunday's final of the 2003 Estoril Open to defend her title at the Tier4 clay-court event.
Saturday, 12 April, 2003 - Happy Birthday!!
The 6th seeded Miss Dokic was defeated in the quarter-finals of the 2003 Family Circle Cup on Friday, losing to Top seeded and World No.1 Serena Williams in straight set, 2-6, 2-6. -- Sorry, I am not sure about the score-line because the Live Scoreboard did not show who was serving and also it often did not work.
Miss Dokic will make her 4th appearance at the Bausch & Lomb Championships next week. The Tier2 clay-court event will be held from 14th to 20th April at the Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. She reached the semi-finals at last year's event. -- Happy 20th Birthday Jelena!! We Wish You All the Happiness in Your Life!
Friday, 11 April, 2003 - Family Circle Cup
The 6th seeded Miss Dokic came from behind to defeat 13th seed Elena Dementieva, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the 3rd round of the 2003 Family Circle Cup on Thursday. -- Sorry, I am not sure about the score-line because the Live Scoreboard did not show who was serving and also it often did not work.
* This website will not be updated until Sunday.
Thursday, 10 April, 2003 - Family Circle Cup
Miss Dokic made her 4th appearance at the Family Circle Cup, cruising past Maja Matevzic, 6-1, 6-4 at a rain-delayed 2nd-round match on Wednesday afternoon. -- Sorry, I am not sure about the score-line because the Live Scoreboard did not show who was serving and also it often did not work.
Wednesday, 09 April, 2003 - Family Circle Cup
The 6th seeded Miss Dokic will meet Maja Matevzic at the opening match on Club Court at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Wednesday. Maja Matevzic needed 3 sets to defeat the 15-year-old qualifier Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 in the 1st round on Tuesday. According to the tournament website, the day session was rescheduled to start at 12:00 noon, instead of 10:00 a.m. (local time), due to bad weather.
Monday, 07 April, 2003 - Family Circle Cup, Sarasota Clay Court Classic, WTA Rankings
The qualifying round matches were all completed on Sunday at the Family Circle Tennis Center in Daniel Island. Miss Dokic will meet either Maja Matevzic or qualifier Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round. The WTA Tour official website announced the doubles main draw of the 2003 Family Circle Cup on Sunday. She will pair up with Daniela Hantuchova as the 4th seeded team. Top 4 teams in a 28 field will receive byes in the opening round. They will meet either Ashley Harkleroad / Mashona Washington or Jennifer Hopkins / Alina Jidkova in the 2nd round. Nadia Petrova, who has withdrawn from the singles qualifying, seems to participate in the doubles competition with partner Tathiana Garbin as the 7th seeded team.
In Sarasota, Anastasia Myskina claimed her 2nd title of the season with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Alicia Molik in Sunday's final at the 2003 Sarasota Clay Court Classic. No.2 seed Anastasia Myskina, who won her previous title in Qatar in February, ousted 7th seeded Nathalie Dechy in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 at Saturday's semi-finals. Australia's qualifier Alicia Molik booked her spot in the 2nd singles final of her WTA Tour career with a straight-set victory over the 1997 Roland Garros champion Iva Majoli, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday. She won her 1st career WTA title in January at Hobart.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic fell out of the singles Top 10 this week for the first time since October 2001, switching places with Sarasota champion Anastasia Myskina, but remains at No.13 position in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 07 April 2003:
Sunday, 06 April, 2003 - Family Circle Cup, Grand Prix De S.A.R. La Princesse
The WTA Tour official website has announced the singles main draw of the 2003 Family Circle Cup. Miss Dokic was seeded No.6 in the top seeded Serena Williams' quarter of the draw. Top 8 seeds in a 56 field will receive byes in the opening round. She will meet either Maja Matevzic of Slovenia or a qualifier in the 2nd round. Defending champion Iva Majoli is among Miss Dokic's potential 3rd-round opponents. The main draw starts on Monday. Other top seeds are Justine Henin-Hardenne (#2), Lindsay Davenport (#3), Jennifer Capriati (#4), Daniela Hantuchova (#5), Anastasia Myskina (#7) and Patty Schnyder (#8). Originally 8th seeded Monica Seles withdrew due to a left foot injury. Injured Nadia Petrova has also been forced to withdraw from the singles qualifying. - I hope the injury is not serious for her and get well soon!
In Casablanca, 2nd seeded Rita Grande won her first title since 2001 with a 6-2 4-6 6-1 victory over compatriot Antonella Serra Zanetti in Saturday's final at the 2003 Grand Prix De S.A.R. La Princesse.
Friday, 04 April, 2003 - Sarasota Clay Court Classic, Family Circle Cup
Top seeded team of Miss Dokic and Nadia Petrova withdrew from the quarter-finals of the 2003 Sarasota Clay Court Classic after Nadia Petrova unfortunately retired with a right ankle sprain she suffered during her singles 2nd-round match earlier Thursday. She lost to 2nd seeded Anastasia Myskina, 7-5, 4-6, 0-1.
Having struggled to find her form, Miss Dokic will play in the 2003 Family Circle Cup next week. The tier1 clay-court event will be held from 7th to 13th April at the Family Circle Tennis Center at Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the tournament official website, the main draw is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Saturday. The qualifying will also start on Saturday morning.
Thursday, 03 April, 2003 - Sarasota Clay Court Classic
Miss Dokic and partner Nadia Petrova will meet Shinobu Asagoe and Nana Miyagi at Thursday's 3rd match on Grandstand Court-1 at the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota. In the singles action, Nadia Petrova advanced to the 2nd round with a 6-4 6-3 win over Elena Likhovtseva on Wednesday. She will now face another compatriot and No.2 seed Anastasia Myskina for a quarter-final berth earlier Thursday at the 1st match on Stadium Court.
Wednesday, 02 April, 2003 - Sarasota Clay Court Classic
No.1 seed and defending champion Miss Dokic suffered a major setback in the opening round of the Sarasota Clay Court Classic on Tuesday, losing 3-6, 3-6 to unseeded clay-courter Paola Suarez. "I was just not used to the clay... I'm disappointed. But I only had two days of practice on clay. Last year I practiced two weeks on clay and that makes a difference. I just didn't feel comfortable moving, hitting, nothing. It was just not there. Too many errors," she said in her post-match interview, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported on Tuesday.
Sorry, I am not wholly sure about the score-line of the match because the Live Scoreboard often did not work.
In the doubles action, Miss Dokic and partner Nadia Petrova eased past Rika Fujiwara and Jennifer Hopkins, 6-3, 6-1 later Tuesday. They will next meet Japan's team of Shinobu Asagoe and Nana Miyagi in the quarter-finals.
Tuesday, 01 April, 2003 - Sarasota Clay Court Classic
Miss Dokic is scheduled for singles and doubles action on Tuesday at the Meadows Country Club in Sarasota. She will play Paola Suarez at the 2nd match on Stadium Court, following a 1st-round match between 2nd seeded Anastasia Myskina and Emilie Loit. She and partner Nadia Petrova will then meet Rika Fujiwara and Jennifer Hopkins at the 4th match on Grandstand Court-1. Play begins at 11:00 a.m. (local time) on all courts. Nadia Petrova has moved into the single main draw with a 6-2 6-3 win over Evie Dominikovic in the qualifying final round on Monday and was set to meet fellow Russian Elena Likhovtseva in the 1st round.
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