Monday, 24 November, 2003 - WTA Rankings, Fed Cup WG Final|
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. There is no change of the top 20's standings and ranking points in the singles.
France claimed its 2nd Fed Cup title with a 4-1 win over the United States in the World Group Final at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow last weekend. The U.S. team reached the final without its top players due to injuries.
Saturday, 22 November:
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) def. Lisa Raymond (USA), 6-4, 6-3.
Mary Pierce (FRA) def. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA), 6-3, 3-6 8-6.
Sunday, 23 November:
Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) def. Meghann Shaughnessy (USA), 6-2, 6-1.
Emilie Loit (FRA) def. Alexandra Stevenson (USA), 6-4, 6-2.
Martina Navratilova / Lisa Raymond (USA) def. Stephanie Cohen-Aloro / Emilie Loit (FRA), 6-4, 6-0.
The ITF announced the draw for the 2004 Fed Cup World Group on Friday, 21st November. The 1st round matches will be played on 24-25 April, and then the quarter-finals will be held on 10-11 July, 2004. The semi-finals and the final will be staged on the week of 22nd November.
2004 Fed Cup World Group 1st Round Draw:
Sunday, 23 November, 2003 - Gold Exempt Players
The WTA Tour Official website released "The 2004 WTA Tour Official Rulebook", in which the 2004 Gold Exempt player list was announced. According to the rule book, the new Gold Exempt player list consists of 20 players composed as follows:
(a) Top 16 singles players as of the rankings produced immediately following the 2003 U.S. Open; plus
(b) 4 wild card players to be chosen solely by the Worldwide Tournament Directors.
Miss Dokic is a wild card player listed 12th, 3 places above her current singles ranking. She will be required to play 11 Tier1 or Tier2 tournaments and 2 Tier3 tournaments next season, exclusive of the Grand Slam events and the WTA Tour Championships. Anna Kournikova was not included in the list of both Gold and Silver Exempt players.
2004 Gold Exempt Player List (Revised):
Monday, 17 November, 2003 - Australian Open, WTA Rankings
The Tennis Australia official website today announced that Miss Dokic will be playing in Australia for the first time since 2001. Introducing her profile and career, the article also reported that she has entered the 2004 Australian Open, which will take place from 19th January to 1st February at Melbourne Park. Australian Open Chief Executive Mr. Paul McNamee was quoted as saying: "I am delighted that Jelena has decided to come and play in the forthcoming Australian Open... A lot has happened in Jelena's life since she last played in Australia as a 17-year-old... Coming back to play here is a clear message that she wants to make a fresh start which I'm sure the Australian public will respect."
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. There is no change of the top 20's standings and ranking points in the singles. Miss Dokic remains at No.15 spot in the singles and No.27 in the doubles ranking.
* Qualifying Round and Main Draw photos at the 2003 AIG Japan Open are available here.
Saturday, 15 November, 2003 - ASB Bank Classic, adidas International
Miss Dokic is likely to return to Australia next year to play in the summer circuit for the first time since the 2001 Australian Open!! In January, she starts her 2004 season in Auckland and then she is due to play in Sydney. According to the player acceptance lists, she's committed to play in the tier4 ASB Bank Classic, which will be held from 5th to 10th January on hard courts at the ASB Bank Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. The tier2 adidas International will be held at the Sydney International Tennis Centre in Sydney Olympic Park from 11th to 17th January, the week before the 2004 Australian Open.
Tuesday, 11 November, 2003 - Tour Championships, WTA Rankings
Kim Clijsters won her 2nd consecutive title of the WTA Tour Championships after defeating Amelie Mauresmo, 6-2, 6-0 at the final on Monday evening in Los Angeles. She earned the winner's prize, $1,000,030 - the extra $30 represented the WTA Tour's 30th anniversary. Kim Clijsters reached the final with a 4-6 6-3 6-0 win over Jennifer Capriati, while Amelie Mauresmo moved past Justine Henin-Hardenne, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals on Sunday. In the doubles final on Monday, Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez defeated Kim Clijsters and Ai Sugiyama, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The WTA Tour Championships reportedly will leave Los Angeles in 2005, and relocate to another U.S. city, Europe or China.
The WTA Tour official website released the season-end ranking tables on Tuesday. Miss Dokic moved down to No.15 spot in the singles rankings, but she remains at No.27 in the doubles rankings. Justine Henin-Hardenne, who has been elected Sanex Hero of the Year by more than 30.000 internet votes, ends the 2003 season as the No.1 player in the world. Ai Sugiyama moved into the top 10 for the first time in her professional career.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 10 November, 2003:
Monday, 10 November, 2003 - Volvo Women's Open
Henrieta Nagyova won the tier5 Volvo Women's Open - the last regular Tour event of 2003 - with a 6-4 6-2 win over compatriot Lubomira Kurhajcova at Sunday's final in Pattaya City, Thailand. It was her first Tour singles title since November 2000, when she won her previous title at the tier3 Wismilak International in Kuala Lumpur by defeating Iva Majoli in the final, 6-4, 6-2.
Tuesday, 04 November, 2003 - Tour Championships
The season-ending Tour Championships - the Bank of America WTA Tour Championships presented by Porsche - will be held from 5th to 10th November at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This year's championships features a new format. The top 8 singles players and top 4 doubles teams over the 2003 regular Tour tournaments qualified on the basis of the Porsche Race to the Championships standings on Monday, 3rd November. In the singles, the 8 players will be split into Red Group and Black Group. Each player will play under the round-robin format in their group, and then the top 2 players in each group will advance to the semi-finals. In the doubles, the 4 teams will compete under the knock-out format. The finals are scheduled on Monday evening.
Porsche Race Points Standings as of 03 November 2003:
Monday, 03 November, 2003 - Advanta Championships, Bell Challenge, WTA Rankings
In Philadelphia, 2nd seeded Amelie Mauresmo won the revived Advanta Championships title by defeating 3rd seeded Anastasia Myskina, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 in Sunday's final to gain revenge for her final loss at the Kremlin Cup. This was her 2nd title of the season. While, 2nd seeded Maria Sharapova also claimed her 2nd title on Sunday when unseeded Milagros Sequera retired due to a left ankle injury, 6-2 (ret.) in the final of the 2003 Bell Challenge in Quebec City.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic remains at No.14 spot in the singles rankings, while she slipped 1 place to No.27 in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 03 November, 2003:
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