Friday, 30 January, 2004 - Toray Pan Pacific Tennis|
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament official website announced today that Jennifer Capriati has withdrawn from this year's event due to a back injury she sustained in November. The qualifying singles 1st round will be played on Saturday and the main draw will start next Tuesday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.
Entry List for the 2004 Toray Pan Pacific Tennis (Revised on 30 January):
Thursday, 22 January, 2004 - Dubai Tennis Championships, Qatar Total Open, adidas
Miss Dokic was reportedly confirmed to play in Dubai next month. The Dubai Tennis Championships official website has announced the early-entry list, in which her name is included. It will be her debut appearance in the Tier2 event, but she has played in Dubai in March, 1999 - Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge (ITF $75,000 event). This year's Dubai Tennis Championships will be held from 23rd to 28th February on hard court at Dubai Tennis Stadium in United Arab Emirates. And then, she has committed to play in the Qatar Total Open in Doha in March.
Miss Dokic seems to be under contract with adidas for her clothes and shoes. - However, I am not sure what kind of sponsorship deal was made.
Sunday, 18 January, 2004 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables as of 19th January. Miss Dokic remains at No.15 spot in the singles and moved down to No.26 spot in the doubles ranking. For the first time, the WTA Tour changed the alphabetical country code for Serbia-Montenegro's players into "SCG" (Srbije i Crne Gore) from "YUG" (Yugoslavia) on the ranking tables. The ISO has officially announced the change - deletion of "Yugoslavia" and insertion of "Serbia and Montenegro" in the Country Codes - on 23rd July, 2003.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 19 January, 2004:
Saturday, 17 January, 2004 - Hobart, Canberra, Sydney
Final tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open were completed. Last year's runner-up Amy Frazier won the Moorilla Tasmanian International in Hobart with a 6-3 6-3 victory over 6th seed Shinobu Asagoe in Friday's evening final. Despite losing in her 2nd Tour singles final, Shinobu Asagoe won the doubles title with Seiko Okamoto, defeating Els Callens and Barbara Schett, 2-6 6-4 6-3. On Saturday, 2nd seed Paola Suarez won the Canberra Women's Classic, fighting back after losing the 1st set to defeat 3rd seed Silvia Farina Elia, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours and 36 minutes. While, the world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne won the adidas International, after defeating 3rd seed Amelie Mauresmo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 at Sydney Olympic Park.
Thursday, 15 January, 2004 - Australian Open
The seedings for the 2004 Australian Open were officially announced today. Miss Dokic has joined 3 stars withdrawing from the Open due to injuries among the top 32 players. The singles main draw will take place at Melbourne Park on Friday morning.
Australian Open 2004 Women's Seeds:
Wednesday, 14 January, 2004 - Australian Open
Tennis Australia official website announced today that Miss Dokic has confirmed she will withdraw from the Australian Open due to a lack of preparation. -- Of course, although it was not unexpected, it is sad news especially for her fans in Australia. I can imagine how deeply they were disappointed. They have been waiting for her back for three years, and one more year. -- She reportedly said "I'm really disappointed not to be able to make the trip down to Melbourne for the Australian Open. I was really looking forward to playing there for the first time in three years... Above all I'm most disappointed for the fans as it was one of my main goals the last couple of months to play there and try and get my ranking back into the Top 10... I've been training really hard the last couple of weeks, and although I've had a setback or two, I was hoping it wouldn't prevent me from making the trip... Unfortunately my game is not where it needs to be to compete at the highest level and feel I definitely would not be able to do myself justice in such a major event, but I can assure you that I will do my best to be there next year." This year's first Grand Slam tournament begins on Monday and qualifying gets underway tomorrow at Melbourne Park.
Sunday, 11 January, 2004 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables as of 12th January. Miss Dokic remains at No.15 spot in the singles and No.25 spot in the doubles ranking. Dinara Safina moved into the top 50 (No.45) for the first time, reaching the quarter-finals in Gold Coast last week.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 12 January, 2004:
Saturday, 10 January, 2004 - Season-opening Events
Ai Sugiyama got off to a good start for 2004 season as the top seed won the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts today with a 1-6 6-1 6-4 victory over the 2nd-seeded Nadia Petrova in the final at Royal Pines Resort in Gold Coast. Nadia Petrova, who is seeking her first WTA title, also lost to Ai Sugiyama, 7-5, 6-4 in her debut final at the Generali Ladies Linz last October.
The 3rd-seeded Eleni Daniilidou successfully defended the singles title at the ASB Bank Classic by defeating Ashley Harkleroad, 6-3, 6-2 in today's final in Auckland. It was the first WTA Tour final for Ashley Harkleroad.
In Perth, the United States became the first nation to defend the Hopman Cup title today when Lindsay Davenport and James Blake scored a 2-1 final win over the Slovak team of Daniela Hantuchova and Karol Kucera who had advanced to the final after Australia was forced to pull out due to a knee injury to Alicia Molik. While, Venus Williams won the Watsons Water Champions Challenge exhibition tournament with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova in the ladies singles final at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Saturday. It was the first tournament for Venus Williams since last year's Wimbledon.
Thursday, 08 January, 2004 - adidas International, Toray Pan Pacific Tennis, FILA
Tennis Australia official website today announced Miss Dokic's withdrawal from next week's adidas International Tournament, starting at the Sydney International Tennis Centre on Sunday. She was quoted as saying "I'm really disappointed that I won't be able to compete in the adidas International, but I really need to spend a little more time training in order to play my best tennis... It's important to me to start the year strong and I think the fans in Australia deserve nothing less than every player's absolute best tennis." The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday reported in another article that she plans to make her first appearance for the 2004 season at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, also withdrawing from the Australian Open. According to the article, she seems to have stayed in Barcelona, Spain for training with former doubles partner Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario for more than a month. Even if she would start her new season in Tokyo next month, she is not (at least now) in the early-entry lists for subsequent Tier-2 tournaments in Europe - the Open Gaz de France in Paris and the Proximus Diamond Games in Antwerp.
The Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament official website again revised the 2004 early-entry list on Wednesday. Slovenia's No.1 player Tina Pisnik seems to withdraw from this year's Tier-1 indoor event in Tokyo.
Entry List for the 2004 Toray Pan Pacific Tennis (Revised on 07 January):
Fila Sport removed Miss Dokic's profile page from their official website Fila.com, except for her image galleries. They show only Rainer Schuettler, Kim Clijsters and Jennifer Capriati as their tennis athletes.
Monday, 05 January, 2004 - WTATour.com, WTA Rankings
"New Year... New Look". The WTA Tour redesigned their official website (WTATour.com) for 2004. New ranking tables have been released. Miss Dokic remains at No.15 spot in the singles, while she returned to No.25 in the doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 05 January, 2004:
Sunday, 04 January, 2004 - FILA
Another bad news... Italian clothing company FILA's three-year sponsorship deal with Miss Dokic was not renewed and the contract has finished on 31st December, the Sunday Telegraph in Australia reported today. FILA's Global Tennis Marketing Manager Mr. Martin Mulligan, 1962 Wimbledon singles finalist, reportedly said: "We just couldn't reach an agreement." However, Fila Sport official website still shows her profile and images as one of their pro tennis players.
Friday, 02 January, 2004 - ASB Bank Classic
A disappointing news... Miss Dokic has made a late withdrawal from her first tournament in 2004 - next week's ASB Bank Classic in Auckland - due to personal problems. The tournament official website has not announced the details and the reason behind her withdrawal. She was quoted as saying by her coach that she enjoyed her time in New Zealand and "if everything comes right, I will definitely come back", AAP reported today. ASB Classic tournament director Mr. Richard Palmer has suggested nothing, but he reportedly said: "She has no nationality and no place to call home. She has her past to deal with. That can't be easy." The main draw will take place Saturday morning.
Thursday, 01 January, 2004 - A Happy New Year
I would like to wish Miss Dokic and all her supporters a Happy New Year and Best of Luck for whole year!
The 2004 Tour begins in a few days. Fans are sometimes annoying and burdensome for players, so I quietly and moderately pray for her success... Go Jelena!! Win the Grand Slams and Be No.1 in the world!!
Upcoming tournaments in which she has been committed to play are as follows:
Jan.05 - Jan.10: ASB Bank Classic - Auckland
Jan.11 - Jan.17: adidas International - Sydney
Jan.19 - Feb.01: Australian Open - Melbourne
Feb.03 - Feb.08: Toray Pan Pacific Open - Tokyo
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