Thursday, 31 July, 2003 - Acura Classic|
Miss Dokic and partner Meghann Shaughnessy lost to 4th seeded pair of Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva, 6-3, 2-6, 1-6 in the 1st round on Wednesday. In the singles 3rd round, Miss Dokic will play 6th seed Chanda Rubin at Thursday's opening match on Stadium Court at 10:00 a.m. (local time).
Wednesday, 30 July, 2003 - Acura Classic
Miss Dokic fought her way back after losing the 1st set to defeat Magui Serna, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the 2nd round of the 2003 Acura Classic on Tuesday. This marked her 5-0 record over the Spaniard in their career meetings. -- Sorry, I am not sure about the score-line of the 1st set because the Live Scoreboard often did not work.
She will next face the 6th seeded tough opponent Chanda Rubin, a 7-5 6-0 winner over Tina Pisnik, on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.
Tuesday, 29 July, 2003 - Acura Classic
Miss Dokic will play her 1st match at the 2003 Acura Classic against Magui Serna from Spain. They are scheduled to meet at Tuesday's opening match on Stadium Court at 10:00 a.m. (local time). Magui Serna advanced with a 6-3 6-3 win over Laura Granville in Monday's 1st-round action.
Monday, 28 July, 2003 - Acura Classic, Bank of the West Classic, WTA Rankings
The main draw action at the 2003 Acura Classic gets under way at 10:00 a.m. (local time). The 1st round clash between Magui Serna and Laura Granville is scheduled at the 2nd match on Stadium Court. The tournament official website has announced the doubles main draw. Miss Dokic will team up with Meghann Shaughnessy for the first time since last year's Internationaux de Strasbourg. They will meet 4th seeded pair of Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva in the opening round. Her successful doubles partner Nadia Petrova will team up with Katarina Srebotnik this week, while Srebotnik's regular partner Tina Krizan will pair up with Meilen Tu. Meghann Shaughnessy is ranked No.21 in the doubles ranking.
In Stanford, the 2nd seeded Kim Clijsters claimed her 5th singles title of the year with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win over the 3rd seeded Jennifer Capriati at the final of the 2003 Bank of the West Classic on Sunday. Kim Clijsters, who won this event in 2001 and reached the final in 2002, eased past unseeded Francesca Schiavone, 6-3, 6-2 in Saturday's semi-finals, while Jennifer Capriati reached her 2nd final of the season after defeating qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi, 6-4, 6-4.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 15's standings in the singles. Miss Dokic remains at No.12 spot in the singles and moved up to also No.12 in the doubles ranking. Maria Vento-Kabchi leaped 47 spots to No.85 from No.132 in the singles by reaching the semi-finals in Stanford.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 28 July, 2003:
Saturday, 26 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic, Acura Classic
It seems that Miss Dokic still has a long way to regain her form. She was upset by 29-year-old qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi, 4-6, 3-6 in the quarter-finals of the 2003 Bank of the West Classic on Friday afternoon. Maria Vento-Kabchi will face 3rd seed Jennifer Capriati in Saturday's semi-finals.
Miss Dokic will participate in another West Coast tournament next week. The tier2 Acura Classic will be held from 28th July to 3rd August on hard-courts at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. The tournament official website has announced the singles main draw. She was seeded 9th in the 4th seeded Lindsay Davenport's 3rd quarter of the draw. Top 16 seeds in a 48 player field will receive byes into the 2nd round. Last year's finalist will play her opening match against either Spaniard Magui Serna or former Stanford player Laura Granville. Top seed is Serena Williams. Her sister Venus, three-time champion (2000 - 2002), was forced to withdraw from this year's event due to an abdominal injury.
Friday, 25 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic
Miss Dokic's quarter-final opponent at the 2003 Bank of the West Classic is qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi, who ousted lucky loser Alina Jidkova, 6-1, 6-3 in the 2nd round on Thursday. They will meet at Friday's opening match on Stadium Court at 12:00 noon (local time).
Thursday, 24 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic
Miss Dokic advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2003 Bank of the West Classic after defeating Alexandra Stevenson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon. She will now face the winner of a 2nd-round match between lucky loser Alina Jidkova and qualifier Maria Vento-Kabchi. They will meet at the 2nd match on Court-7 on Thursday afternoon. The Associated Press reported that Alexandra Stevenson strained her right shoulder and was forced to withdraw from the doubles yeaterday. In other 2nd-round action on Wednesday, Amy Frazier upset 4th seed Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Wednesday, 23 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic, 2004 Tour Calendar
After receiving a 1st-round bye, the 5th seeded Miss Dokic will play her opening match at the 2003 Bank of the West Classic on Wednesday afternoon against Alexandra Stevenson, who advanced to the 2nd round by defeating qualifier and former Stanford University player Teryn Ashley, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1 in the evening session on Tuesday. They are scheduled to meet at the 4th match on Stadium Court with the 1st match starting at 10:00 a.m. (local time).
The WTA Tour official website yesterday announced the 2004 season schedule (as of 15 July, 2003) here.
Monday, 21 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic, WTA Rankings
Top seed and World No.1 Serena Williams withdrew from the 2003 Bank of the West Classic due to a left knee injury before the schedule of play released. She was replaced by the 3rd seeded Jennifer Capriati and the 5th seeded Miss Dokic took Jennifer Capriati's former spot in the 2nd quarter of the draw. Miss Dokic will receive a 1st-round bye and will meet either Alexandra Stevenson or a qualifier in the 2nd round. Lisa Raymond moved into Miss Dokic's former spot to play Yoon Jeong Cho in the 1st round. The tournament official website released the doubles main draw, in which Miss Dokic and her regular partner Nadia Petrova's name were not included.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 32's standings in the singles. Miss Dokic remains at No.12 spot in the singles and No.13 spot in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 21 July, 2003:
Sunday, 20 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic, Fed Cup
The 2003 Bank of the West Classic official website has announced the singles main draw. Miss Dokic was seeded 5th in the 1st quarter of the draw. She is scheduled to play her 1st round match against Korea's No.1 player Yoon Jeong Cho on Monday. Top 4 seeds in a 28 field - Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Jennifer Capriati and Daniela Hantuchova - will receive byes into the 2nd round. Last year's champion Venus Williams seems not to participate in this year's event.
* The 2003 Fed Cup World Group Play-off: Japan vs. Sweden - Photos are available here.
Monday, 14 July, 2003 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. There was no change of the top 14's standings in the singles. Miss Dokic remains at No.12 spot in the singles and No.13 spot in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 14 July, 2003:
Sunday, 13 July, 2003 - Bank of the West Classic, Palermo International
This year's short grass-court season has ended and the hot hard-court season is coming after the Fed Cup week. Miss Dokic will return to action next week at the 2003 Bank of the West Classic. The tier2 West Coast event will be held from 21st to 27th July at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University as the first tune-up tournament for the U.S. Open. According to the tournament official website, the 28-player singles draw will be announced on Friday afternoon.
The 9th seeded Dinara Safina claimed her 2nd career title with a 6-3 6-4 upset win over the 4th seeded Katarina Srebotnik at Sunday's final of the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo, tier5 clay-court tournament in Palermo, Italy. The 17-year-old Russian won her first tour title on red-clay at the Idea Prokom Polish Open in Sopot last July.
Monday, 07 July, 2003 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables today. Miss Dokic remains at No.12 spot in the singles and No.13 spot in the doubles rankings. Ai Sugiyama leaped 3 spots to career-high No.11, just above Miss Dokic. There was no change of the top 10's standings. The biggest jump among the top 100 was by Russia's Maria Sharapova, who leaped 35 spots to No.56. Other top 100 players who jumped up in the singles this week were Shinobu Asagoe (No.59 - No.81), Akiko Morigami (No.72 - No.90), Samantha Reeves (No.88 - No.109), Lubomira Kurhajcova (No.96 - No.112), Arantxa Parra (No.99 - No.111) and Conchita Martinez Granados (No.100 - No.114).
WTA Singles Ranking List for 07 July, 2003:
Sunday, 06 July, 2003 - Wimbledon
The top seeded Serena Williams successfully defended her Wimbledon crown with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory over her elder sister Venus at Saturday's singles final. It was her 6th Grand Slam title. She eased past the 3rd seeded French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to gain revenge for her semi-final loss at Roland Garros last month, while the injured 4th seed Venus Williams fought her way back from a set down to upset the 2nd seeded Kim Clijsters, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with her sister Serena in their 6th Grand Slam final. The 2nd-seeded Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama won the 2nd Grand Slam doubles title in a row for the pair, defeating the top seeds Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday in a rematch of their French Open final.
The Championships 2003 Final Results
Women's Singles Final on Saturday, 5th July:
Serena Williams (USA)(1) def. Venus Williams (USA)(4), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Women's Doubles Final on Sunday, 6th July:
K. Clijsters (BEL) / A. Sugiyama (JPN)(2) def. V. Ruano Pascual (ESP) / P. Suarez (ARG)(1), 6-4, 6-4.
Mixed Doubles Final on Sunday, 6th July:
M. Navratilova (USA) / L. Paes (IND)(5) def. A. Rodionova (RUS) / A. Ram (ISR), 6-3, 6-3
Girls' Singles Final on Sunday, 6th July:
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) def. Anna Tchakvetadze (RUS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Girls' Doubles Final on Sunday, 6th July:
A. Kleybanova (RUS) / S. Mirza (IND) def. K. Bohmova (CZE) / M. Krajicek (NED), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Friday, 04 July, 2003 - Toray Pan Pacific Open
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament Executive Committee announced the outline of the 2004 event on Thursday. Miss Dokic has started her season at the tier1 indoor carpet-court event in 2002 and 2003. The 2004 event will be held early in February in Tokyo, Japan.
Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament 2004:
Tuesday, 01 July, 2003 - Athens Olympics
According to the Tennis Australia, Australia's Fed Cup Captain Evonne Goolagong Cawley today announced Alicia Molik, Nicole Pratt, Samantha Stosur and doubles specialist Rennae Stubbs for the upcoming World Group Play-off against Colombia at Wollongong on 19 and 20 July. Miss Dokic was not included in this squad. It means that she will lose her eligibility for competing at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Under the ITF rules, a player needs to make herself available for the Fed Cup for 2 of the preceding 4 years to be eligible for the Olympics. Miss Dokic has played in the Fed Cup for Australia from 1998 to 2000 but has not played for either Australia or Yugoslavia since she left Fairfield in February, 2001.
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