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Archived News - March, 2004.

Wednesday, 31 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Bausch & Lomb Championships
Miss Dokic and partner Dinara Safina disappointedly could not gain their first win, falling to the experienced pair of Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie and Samantha Reeves, 3-6, 3-6 in the 1st round of the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open on Tuesday.
She will begin her clay-court season at the 2004 Bausch & Lomb Championships next week. The Tier-2 event will be held from 5th to 11th April on green clay at the Amelia Island Plantation in Florida. After this tournament, she celebrates her 21st birthday on Monday, 12th April.

Tuesday, 30 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open, Fed Cup
After taking the opening set, Miss Dokic went down in a tough three-setter to Russian 5th seed Elena Dementieva, 7-5, 1-6, 3-6 in rain-delayed Monday's 4th round action at the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami. This was her first loss since September 2000, when she was defeated in the semi-finals of the Sydney Olympics, in eight WTA Tour career meetings with Elena Dementieva.
 Nasdaq-100 Open 2004 
 Singles 4th Rnd.
1st Set: 5-7 2nd Set: 6-1 3rd Set: 6-3
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 Elena Dementieva (RUS) #5    O OO OO    O OOOOO O OOOO  O
 Jelena Dokic (SCG) #12 *   OO O  O  OOO  O       O    OO 
   "O" in red indicates a break game.
Her 1st-round doubles match has been re-scheduled for Tuesday. Miss Dokic and partner Dinara Safina will meet Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie and Samantha Reeves at the 3rd (last) match on Court-3.
There is a possibility that Miss Dokic has committed to play in the Fed Cup event next month for Serbia & Montenegro. The Sportska centrala.com reported today that Miss Dokic will participate in the the 2004 Fed Cup Europe / Africa Zone Group-1 event along with Jelena Jankovic. The round-robin and play-off matches will be played from Monday, 19th to Saturday, 24th April on outdoor red-clay courts at the Royal Athens Lawn Tennis Club in Athens by 14 nations - Belarus, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine. According to some rumors on the WTA World.com message boards, Serbia & Montenegro's team members will be Jelena Dokic (No.16), Jelena Jankovic (No.70), Ana Timotic (No.220), Dragana Zaric (Doubles No.167) and Captain, Biljana Veselinovic.

Monday, 29 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic successfully advanced to the 4th round of the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open with a straight sets victory over Kristina Brandi on Sunday, winning 7-5, 6-4.
 Nasdaq-100 Open 2004 
 Singles 3rd Rnd.
1st Set: 7-5 2nd Set: 6-4
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 Kristina Brandi (PUR)    O O OO O      OOO O   
 Jelena Dokic (SCG) #12 *   O O O  O OOO OO   O OOO
   "O" in red indicates a break game.
She will face off against the 2nd top-10 player of the season Monday afternoon. Her next opponent is the 5th seeded Elena Dementieva, who reached the 4th round without losing a set after defeating qualifier Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie, 6-4, 6-1 in the 2nd round on Saturday and winning over 26th seed Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, 6-4, 6-3 in the 3rd round on Sunday. They will play off in the 3rd match on Court-2 for a place in the quarter-finals. Play starts at 11:00 a.m. (local time) on all courts.
Photo quoted from WTA Tour.com Elena Dementieva (Russia)
Birth Date: 15 Oct. 1981
Birth Place: Moscow, Russia
Turned Pro: 25 Aug. 1998
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 8 (as of 22 Mar. 2004)
2004 Open Gaz de France Singles QF
Head to Head: 7-2 (Junior-Pro)
 Past 3 meetings are as follows.
- Feb. 2002 Open Gaz de France (hard): QF [W] 5-7 6-1 6-2
- Apr. 2002 Bausch & Lomb (clay): QF [W] 0-6 7-6(3) 6-1
- Apr. 2003 Family Circle Cup (clay): 3R [W] 4-6 6-4 7-5
Miss Dokic is also due to play her 1st-round doubles match on Monday evening. She and partner Dinara Safina will clash with Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie and Samantha Reeves at the 6th (last) match on the same court.

Sunday, 28 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic will play her first match at the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open on Sunday afternoon. She is due to meet Kristina Brandi of Puerto Rico at the 4th match on Court-1. Kristina Brandi, who will be 27 on Monday, reached the 3rd round when she gained revenge for her 3rd-round loss at Indian Wells 2 weeks ago with a 7-5 4-6 7-5 upset win over 19th seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the 2nd round on Saturday after defeating Jelena Kostanic in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2 in the 1st round on Friday.
Photo quoted from the Heineken Trophy website. Kristina Brandi (Puerto Rico)
Birth Date: 29 Mar. 1977
Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Turned Pro: 01 Jul. 1995
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 48 (as of 22 Mar. 2004)
2004 Pacific Life Open Singles 3R
Head to Head: 2-1
- Jan. 1999 Australian Open (hard): 2R [W] 6-4 7-5
- Jun. 2000 Heineken Trophy (grass): 2R [L] 0-6 1-6
- Jul. 2000 Wimbledon (grass): 4R [W] 6-1 6-3

Saturday, 27 March, 2004 (2) - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic advanced to the 3rd round of the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open when her 2nd-round opponent Nicole Pratt withdrew due to an abdominal strain before play began on Saturday.

Saturday, 27 March, 2004 (1) - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic will play her opening match at the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open on Saturday afternoon. Her 2nd-round opponent is Nicole Pratt, who finally defeated Arantxa Parra, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 6-4 in the rain-delayed 1st round on Friday. They are scheduled to meet at the 3rd match on Grandstand Court with 1st match beginning at 10:00 a.m. (local time).
Photo quoted from the CBS SportsLine. Nicole Pratt (Australia)
Birth Date: 05 Mar. 1973
Birth Place: Mackay, Australia
Plays: Right (one-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 46 (as of 22 Mar. 2004)
Website: http://www.nicolepratt.com/
2004 Hyderabad Open Singles Champion
2004 Australian Open Singles 3R
Head to Head: 2-0
- Apr. 2000 Family Circle Cup (clay): 2R [W] 6-4 6-1
- Mar. 2004 Qatar Total Open (hard): 1R [W] 0-6 6-3 6-4

Friday, 26 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Only 8 singles matches in the women's opening round were completed before rain caused play to be postponed on Thursday at the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, but other matches were re-scheduled for Friday. The 1st-round clash between Nicole Pratt and Arantxa Parra has been also suspended with Nicole Pratt leading, 7-6 (3), 6-6 in the 2nd set. While, Miss Dokic has enjoyed her off-court time, visiting to the Metro Zoo Animals - cheetah, komodo dragon and so on - in the Crandon Park Tennis Center along with other stars Jennifer Capriati, Sjeng Schalken and Jan-Michael Gambill on Thursday, the tournament official website reported.

Wednesday, 24 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic will return to doubles action this week. The 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open official website released the doubles main draw on Tuesday. She will team up with Dinara Safina for a 1st-round match against Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie and Samantha Reeves. The doubles opening round matches are scheduled on next Sunday and Monday. Dinara Safina's current doubles ranking is No.75 (as of 22nd March). The 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open gets under way with the top half of the singles draws in action on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, 23 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
The 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open official website released the singles main draw later Monday. Miss Dokic was seeded No.12 in the 4th quarter of the draw. Top 32 seeds in the 96-player field received byes in the 1st round. She will meet either Nicole Pratt of Australia or Arantxa Parra from Spain in the 2nd round action, which is scheduled on Friday and Saturday at the Crandon Park Tennis Center. Five of the world's top 10 players - Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Amelie Mauresmo, Lindsay Davenport and Chanda Rubin - have withdrawn from this year's event because of injuries or scheduling issues. Meanwhile, defending champion Serena Williams will come back after an eight-month lay-off following knee surgery. She will be joined by her elder sister Venus, who also returns to the Tour after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Monday, 22 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open, WTA Rankings, Pacific Life Open
The 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open official website reported that Miss Dokic visited the Shake-A-Leg foundation, a rehabilitation center in South Florida, to meet with kids on Sunday.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic remains at No.16 spot in the singles rankings, but... in the doubles rankings, she slipped 15 places to No.44, which is her lowest ranking since May, 2001. Fabiola Zuluaga moved into the top 20, Alicia Molik reached No.30 and Emilie Loit came back to No.40. These are their career-best rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 22 March, 2004:
 01 (01) Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 7626 pts
 02 (02) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6389 pts
 03 (03) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 3237 pts
 04 (04) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3000 pts
 05 (05) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 2950 pts
 06 (07) Serena Williams (USA) 2584 pts
 07 (06) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 2583 pts
 08 (08) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 2251 pts
 09 (09) Chanda Rubin (USA) 2158 pts
 10 (10) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 2057 pts
 11 (12) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 1992.75 pts
 12 (11) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 1951 pts
 13 (13) Paola Suarez (ARG) 1632 pts
 14 (14) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 1589 pts
 15 (15) Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) 1503.75 pts
 16 (16) Jelena Dokic (SCG) 1455 pts
 17 (17) Venus Williams (USA) 1415 pts
 18 (18) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 1396 pts
 19 (19) Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (ISR) 1317 pts
 20 (23) Fabiola Zuluaga (COL) 1269.75 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 8th March.
Top seed and the world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne won her 4th title of the season by defeating the 3rd-seeded Lindsay Davenport, 6-1, 6-4 in Sunday's final at the 2004 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

Sunday, 21 March, 2004 - Nasdaq-100 Open
Miss Dokic will compete at the 2004 Nasdaq-100 Open this week. The 12-day ATP and WTA combined event will be held from Wednesday to Sunday, 4th April on hard courts at the Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami, Florida. The singles main draws will be announced on Monday afternoon. Miss Dokic reached the quarterfinals at last year's event. She has also progressed to the last eight at the 2001 event, formerly known as the Ericsson Open, just after she left Australia to Florida. The 2-day qualifying rounds begin on Monday morning.

Saturday, 13 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic has been upset in a close 2nd-round match at the 2004 Pacific Life Open Friday morning. She fell to Gala Leon Garcia, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 in 1 hour, 33 minutes, losing her opening match at Indian Wells for the 2nd year in a row. However, the good news is that her leg injury seems to have healed up. She played with her left thigh not bandaged.
 Pacific Life Open 2004 
 Singles 2nd Rnd.
1st Set: 6-4 2nd Set: 3-6 3rd Set: 6-4
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 Gala Leon Garcia (ESP)    OO  O OOO OO     O  O  OOO  OO
 Jelena Dokic (SCG) #9 *   O  OO O      OOOOO O  OO   OO  
   "O" in red indicates a break game.
Since last week, she has been playing with a Head racquet - but still wearing Yonex cap and clothes. It seemed that she was using a new model "Liquidmetal prestige" without Head logo at Indian Wells.
* This website will not be updated until Friday, 19 March.

Friday, 12 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open
Miss Dokic's 2nd-round clash with Gala Leon Garcia is scheduled at Friday's opening match on Stadium Court-2 in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, starting at 10:00 a.m. (local time).

Thursday, 11 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open
The women's main draw play began on Wednesday at the 2004 Pacific Life Open. Miss Dokic's 2nd-round opponent will be Gala Leon Garcia, who defeated Tatiana Panova, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the 1st round on the opening day.
Photo quoted from the 2000 Wimbledon website. Gala Leon Garcia (Spain)
Birth Date: 23 Dec. 1973
Birth Place: Madrid, Spain
Turned Pro: 1996
Plays: Left (one-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 98 (as of 08 Mar. 2004)
2000 Madrid Open Singles Champion
Head to Head: 2-1
- Jun. 2000 Wimbledon (grass): 2R [W] 7-6(5) 6-1
- Jul. 2001 Idea Prokom Open (clay): SF [L] 2-6 4-6
- Jul. 2002 Acura Classic (hard): 2R [W] 6-2 7-5

Wednesday, 10 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open
The 2004 Pacific Life Open official website released the doubles main draw on Tuesday. Miss Dokic was not on it. She has not played in doubles since the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The 1st-round clash between Gala Leon Garcia and Tatiana Panova is scheduled at the 3rd match on Stadium Court-2 Wednesday afternoon - not before 12:00 noon (local time).

Tuesday, 09 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open
The 2004 Pacific Life Open official website released the singles main draw on Monday. Miss Dokic was named the 9th seed among top 32 seeds in the 96-player field and was given a bye in the 1st round. She will meet either Gala Leon Garcia of Spain or Tatiana Panova of Russia in the 2nd round action, which is scheduled on Friday and Saturday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Monday, 08 March, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Mexican Open
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic slipped 1 place to No.16 in the singles rankings, but remains at No.29 spot in the doubles rankings. Doha finalists achieved their career-high rankings. Eventual Champion Anastasia Myskina moved into the top 5, while runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova jumped up to No.14 from No.20. Other impressive ranking movers are Jie Zheng (No.77 to career-best No.64), Iveta Benesova (No.99 to No.69), Flavia Pennetta (No.100 to No.80) and Marta Marrero (No.108 to No.95).
WTA Singles Ranking List for 08 March, 2004:
 01 (01) Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 7262 pts
 02 (02) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6699 pts
 03 (03) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 3353 pts
 04 (04) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3049 pts
 05 (07) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 2779 pts
 06 (05) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 2776 pts
 07 (06) Serena Williams (USA) 2584 pts
 08 (08) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 2270 pts
 09 (09) Chanda Rubin (USA) 2269 pts
 10 (10) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 2103 pts
 11 (11) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 2027 pts
 12 (12) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 1967 pts
 13 (13) Paola Suarez (ARG) 1601 pts
 14 (20) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 1542 pts
 15 (14) Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) 1534.75 pts
 16 (15) Jelena Dokic (SCG) 1455 pts
 17 (16) Venus Williams (USA) 1415 pts
 18 (17) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 1396 pts
 19 (18) Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (ISR) 1309 pts
 20 (19) Conchita Martinez (ESP) 1302 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 1st March.
Qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic defeated Flavia Pennetta of Italy, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in Sunday's final at the Abierto Mexicano Telefonica Movistar in Acapulco to win her first career Tour title. According to the WTA Tour, she became the first qualifier to win a Tour title since August 2002, when Svetlana Kuznetsova won her first career title in Helsinki as a qualifier.

Sunday, 07 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open, Qatar Total Open
The 2004 Pacific Life Open gets underway on Monday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with WTA qualifying 1st-round matches beginning at 10:00 a.m. (local time).
The 3rd-seeded Anastasia Myskina defended her Qatar Total Open crown with a 4-6 6-4 6-4 win over young compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova in Saturday's final in Doha. This was the 1st title of the year for Russia's No.1, who booked her final berth after upsetting the 2nd-seeded Jennifer Capriati in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 in the semi-finals on Friday. While, Svetlana Kuznetsova reached her 2nd final in 2 weeks, taking revenge for last week's Dubai Open final loss to the top-seeded Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne. She stopped the world No.1's unbeaten run of this year, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the other semi-final. Later Saturday, the 2nd-seeded Russian pair of Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Likhovtseva won the doubles title by defeating the 4th-seeded veteran team of Janette Husarova and Conchita Martinez, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in their 2nd straight final in the Middle East.

Friday, 05 March, 2004 - Pacific Life Open, Qatar Total Open
Miss Dokic will take part in the 2004 Pacific Life Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California next week. The women's main draw starts on Wednesday and the finals will be played on Sunday, 21st March. The tournament official website has announced that the singles main draw (96 players) will be made on Monday and the doubles main draw (32 teams) will be made on Tuesday.
Miss Dokic surely played with a Head racquet (maybe i.prestige mp) with no stencil mark, according to her photos taken in Doha on Wednesday. It means that she has probably not re-contracted with Head and is still under the comprehensive contract with Yonex. However, it can be said that Yonex has not succeeded in customizing their new racquets for her, at least now.

Wednesday, 03 March, 2004 - Qatar Total Open
The 6th-seeded Miss Dokic suffered an upset loss to China's prospect Jie Zheng, 4-6, 1-6 Wednesday afternoon in the 2nd round of the 2004 Qatar Total Open. She will head for the big events in U.S. next week and then clay-court tournaments next month. Better luck next match!!
 Qatar Total Open 2004 
 Singles 2nd Rnd.
1st Set: 6-4 2nd Set: 6-1
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 Jelena Dokic (SCG) #6 *   O O  OO       O   
 Jie Zheng (CHN)    O OO  OOO OOO OOO
   "O" in red indicates a break game.
I am not sure, however, it seems that she was playing in Doha with a Head racquet with which the Yonex mark was stencilled, according to the tournament photos.

Tuesday, 02 March, 2004 - Qatar Total Open
The 6th-seeded Miss Dokic progressed to the 2nd round in Doha, after surviving a tough 3 set battle against Nicole Pratt in the opening round of the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday night. She lost the 1st-set with a bagel, but regained her form and snatched the next 2 sets for the win, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.
- Sorry, I am not sure about the following score-table because the live scoreboard was often stuck.
 Qatar Total Open 2004 
 Singles 1st Rnd.
1st Set: 0-6 2nd Set: 6-3 3rd Set: 6-4
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 Jelena Dokic (SCG) #6 *          OOOOO   O OOOOO    O
 Nicole Pratt (AUS)   OOOOOO      OOO       OOOO 
   "O" in red indicates a break game.
Her next opponent is China's No.1 Jie Zheng, who advanced with a 6-2 6-3 win over qualifier Stephanie Gehrlein Tuesday afternoon. They will meet at the 2nd match on Court-1 on Wednesday, with the 1st match starting at 03:00 p.m. (local time).
26 Apr. 2003 in Tokyo Jie Zheng (China)
Birth Date: 05 Jul. 1983 (ITF)
Birth Place: Cheng Du, Si Chuan, China
Turned Pro: 16 Jan. 2003
Plays: Right (two-handed backhand)
Singles Rank: 77 (as of 01 Mar, 2004)
Website: http://www.tennis-china.com/
2004 Hyderabad Open Singles QF
2003 Japan Open Singles SF
2003 Chinese Fed Cup Team
Head to Head: First meeting in singles

Monday, 01 March, 2004 - Qatar Total Open, WTA Rankings, Colsanitas Cup
She seems to continue to concentrate on singles action only. The Qatar Tennis Federation official website has released the doubles main draw for the Qatar Total Open, but Miss Dokic was not on it. Her 1st-round clash with Nicole Pratt is scheduled at the 3rd match on Centre Court Tuesday evening.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic remains at No.15 spot in the singles rankings, but slipped 1 place to No.29 in the doubles rankings. Dubai runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova moved into the world's top 20, while Vera Douchevina and Lindsay Lee-Waters moved into the top 100.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 01 March, 2004:
 01 (01) Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL) 7250 pts
 02 (02) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6699 pts
 03 (03) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 3353 pts
 04 (04) Lindsay Davenport (USA) 3049 pts
 05 (05) Jennifer Capriati (USA) 2652 pts
 06 (06) Serena Williams (USA) 2584 pts
 07 (07) Anastasia Myskina (RUS) 2528 pts
 08 (10) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 2270 pts
 09 (09) Chanda Rubin (USA) 2269 pts
 10 (08) Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 2103 pts
 11 (11) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) 2027 pts
 12 (12) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 1967 pts
 13 (13) Paola Suarez (ARG) 1601 pts
 14 (14) Silvia Farina Elia (ITA) 1468.75 pts
 15 (15) Jelena Dokic (SCG) 1449 pts
 16 (18) Venus Williams (USA) 1415 pts
 17 (16) Patty Schnyder (SUI) 1396 pts
 18 (19) Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi (ISR) 1309 pts
 19 (21) Conchita Martinez (ESP) 1302 pts
 20 (29) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 1279 pts
   Number in brackets indicates previous rank as of 23rd February.
Top-seeded Fabiola Zuluaga defeated 2nd seed Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday's final at the Copa Colsanitas Seguros Bolivar to claim her 3rd straight and 5th career title at the Bogota event.




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