Tuesday, 31 August, 2004 - U.S. Open|
Miss Dokic fell to 28th-seeded Nathalie Dechy, 6-3, 0-6, 5-7 in the opening round of the 2004 U.S. Open on Monday evening. It was a really disappointing result for her... However, she decided to return to the Tour and played better than we expected after a two-month layoff, showing her grit and guts until finally losing the tight 3rd set in 47 minutes.
* Some more photos of the 2004 Wimbledon taken by pixy75 in June are available here.
Monday, 30 August, 2004 - U.S. Open
This year's final Grand Slam tournament begins at USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows with the men's top half and the women's bottom half of the singles draws in action on Monday. Play will start at 11:00 a.m. (local time). Miss Dokic is scheduled to meet 28th-seeded Nathalie Dechy at the 5th (and last) match on Court-10 today. This will be her first Tour appearance since losing in the 1st-round at Wimbledon in late June.
* The 2004 Wimbledon Photos taken by pixy75 in June are available here.
Sunday, 29 August, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Pilot Pen Tennis, Forest Hills Classic
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables as of 30th August. Miss Dokic moved down to No.38 in the singles, but remains at No.240 in the doubles rankings. There is no change of the top 10's standings. New Haven champion Elena Bovina moved into the top 20, leaping 8 spots to 19th from 27th.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 30 August, 2004:
The 7th seeded Elena Bovina defeated 8th seed Nathalie Dechy, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in Saturday's final of the 2004 Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven. It was the 3rd singles title of her WTA Tour career and the first since the 2002 Bell Challenge at Quebec City. Runner-up Nathalie Dechy reached the final by defeating wild card entrant Lisa Raymond, 6-4, 6-0 on Friday, after upsetting the 3rd seeded defending champion Jennifer Capriati, 6-4, 7-5 in Thursday's quarter-finals. Top-seeded Elena Likhovtseva also captured her 3rd Tour career singles title on Saturday, winning the 2004 Forest Hills Women's Open Tennis Classic in New York City. She posted a 6-2 6-2 victory over 4th seed Iveta Benesova in the final at West Side Tennis Club. It was her first singles crown since the Gold Coast title in 1997.
Wednesday, 25 August, 2004 - U.S. Open
Miss Dokic will very likely return to action next week. The 2004 U.S. Open official website announced the seeded players and the singles main draws today. She is in the 4th quarter of the draw and has not been seeded at this year's event. Her opening-round opponent will be the 28th seeded Nathalie Dechy of France. Top 4 seeds are defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne, 2002 semi-finalist Amelie Mauresmo, 1999 and 2002 winner Serena Williams and 2003 quarter-finalist Anastasia Myskina. The main draw singles action begins on Monday.
Monday, 23 August, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Cincinnati Open
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic slipped 3 spots to No.37 in the singles, and moved down to No.240 in the doubles rankings. Athens bronze medalist Alicia Molik moved into the top 20.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 23 August, 2004:
The top seeded Lindsay Davenport claimed her 6th singles title of the year with a 6-3 6-2 win over the 2nd seeded Vera Zvonareva in Sunday's final of the 2004 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. She has won 4 titles at Stanford, Los Angeles, San Diego and now Cincinnati in this year's US hard-court season.
Sunday, 22 August, 2004 - Athens Olympics
The final matches of the tennis event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens were played this weekend. The world No.1 and top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne won a gold medal by defeating the 2nd seeded world No.2 Amelie Mauresmo of France, 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final on Saturday. Unseeded Alicia Molik became the first Australian player to win a singles medal at an Olympic Games, upsetting the 3rd seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia, 6-3, 6-4 in the bronze medal match. In the doubles competition, the 8th seeded pair of Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun won China's first-ever Olympic tennis medal on Sunday, after defeating the 2nd seeds, Conchita Martinez and Virginia Ruano Pascual from Spain, 6-3, 6-3 in the gold medal match. Serbia-Montenegro's Jelena Jankovic has lost to Fabiola Zuluaga of Colombia, 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round.
2004 Athens Olympics Final Results
Women's Singles - Gold Medal Match on Saturday, 21 August:
Justine Henin-Hardenne (BEL)(1) def. Amelie Mauresmo (FRA)(2), 6-3, 6-3.
Women's Singles - Bronze Medal Play-off on Saturday, 21 August:
Alicia Molik (AUS) def. Anastasia Myskina (RUS)(3), 6-3, 6-4.
Women's Doubles - Gold Medal Match on Sunday, 22 August:
T. Li / T.T. Sun (CHN)(8) def. C. Martinez / V. Ruano Pascual (ESP)(2), 6-3, 6-3.
Women's Doubles - Bronze Medal Play-off on Saturday, 21 August:
P. Suarez / P. Tarabini (ARG)(7) def. S. Asagoe / A. Sugiyama (JPN)(5), 6-3, 6-3.
* Main Draw photos at the 2004 All Japan Junior Tennis Championships are available here.
Friday, 20 August, 2004 - Pilot Pen Tennis, U.S. Open
Miss Dokic has withdrawn from next week's Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, taking more time to rest before the U.S. Open, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. She will be joined at New Haven by other players withdrawing because of injuries and some participants in the tennis event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. This year's final Grand Slam tournament will be held from Monday, 30th August to Sunday, 12th September at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York City. The Main Draw Ceremony is scheduled on Wednesday, 25th August at 11:00 a.m., while the men's and women's qualifying tournaments are due to start on Tuesday, 24th August.
* Some more photos of the 2004 DFS Classic taken by pixy75 in June are available here.
Monday, 16 August, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Idea Prokom Open, Vancouver Open
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic moved down to No.34 in the singles, and slipped 103 places to No.238 in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 16 August, 2004:
The 9th seeded Flavia Pennetta captured her first Tour singles title, defeating Klara Koukalova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in Saturday's final of the 2004 Idea Prokom Open in Sopot, Poland. The 15-year-old qualifier Nicole Vaidisova also won her first Tour singles title, upsetting the 4th seeded Laura Granville, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday's final of the 2004 Odlum Brown Vancouver Women's Open in Vancouver, Canada.
Thursday, 12 August, 2004 - Cincinnati Open, Pilot Pen Tennis
Miss Dokic seems to have withdrawn from the 2004 Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. The Cincinnati Tennis official website revised yesterday the players list for next week's tier-3 hard-court event in Mason. Her name has been erased from the list. She is scheduled to play next in the 2004 Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, the final warm-up event before the 2004 U.S. Open. The tier-2 hard-court event will be held from Sunday, 22nd August to Saturday, 28th August at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in New Haven.
Another news... Seles.co.uk was closed today.
* Some more photos of the 2004 DFS Classic taken by pixy75 in June have been added here.
Monday, 09 August, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Rogers Cup, Nordic Light Open
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic remains at No.30 in the singles, but moved down to No.135 in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 09 August, 2004:
The 2nd seeded Amelie Mauresmo won her 3rd singles title of the year after defeating Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 6-0 in Sunday's final of the 2004 Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada. The 5th seeded Japanese Olympic team of Shinobu Asagoe and Ai Sugiyama claimed the doubles title, with a 6-0 6-3 win over the 4th seeded pair of Liezel Huber and Tamarine Tanasugaran in the final. In Stockholm, the 3rd seeded Alicia Molik defeated Tatiana Perebiynis, 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the 2004 Nordea Nordic Light Open on Sunday. It was the 2nd Tour singles title for 23-year-old Alicia Molik, who won her previous title in Hobart last year. She also captured her 2nd career doubles title later Sunday with partner Barbara Schett by defeating Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3, 6-3.
* The 2004 DFS Classic Photos taken by pixy75 in June are available here.
Monday, 02 August, 2004 - WTA Rankings, Acura Classic
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic moved down to No.30 in the singles, but remains at No.130 in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 02 August, 2004:
The 4th seeded Lindsay Davenport defeated the 3rd seeded Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina, 6-1, 6-1 in the final of the 2004 Acura Classic on Sunday to claim her 5th singles title of the season and impressive 3rd straight title in recent 3 weeks (Stanford, Los Angeles and San Diego).
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