Monday, 31 January, 2005 (2) - Volvo Women's Open|
Miss Dokic got her 2005 season off to a winning start on Monday, defeating Anne Kremer, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the 1st round of the Volvo Women's Open. It was her first winning match in a WTA Tour event since April, 2004.
The score-table based on a report for the WTAworld.com is as follows:
The WTA Tour official website reported her post-match interview: "I felt I had to take time off... I was pretty tired on the practice court and the match court and my heart wasn't totally in it. I took three months off - had my tonsils out and had an operation on my nose to correct a congenital condition since birth, which was affecting my breathing in November. I started hitting again in December and would love to have gone to Australia - but it was too soon... For the moment, I want to take small steps, concentrate on my singles game, so no doubles for the moment and play a couple of smaller tournaments to get the confidence back. I really feel I have some good tennis left in me and would like to keep on going for another 5-7 years." According to the tournament photos, she seems to be playing with a Fila wear and a Head racquet. She will now meet Alyona Bondarenko from Ukraine in the next round on Wednesday.
Monday, 31 January, 2005 (1) - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables after this year's first Grand Slam tournament. Alicia Molik moved into the Top 10 for the first time in her career, reaching the quarter-finals before losing to No.1 seed Lindsay Davenport. Next week, Miss Dokic will lose 149 points, which she gained in Tokyo last year.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 31 January, 2005 (Revised):
Sunday, 30 January, 2005 (2) - Volvo Women's Open
Miss Dokic will play her first match in the 2005 season on Monday at the Volvo Women's Open in Pattaya. The draws have already been announced. She is in the bottom half of the singles draw and will face a tough task against the 2000 champion Anne Kremer of Luxembourg in the opening round. They are scheduled to meet at Monday's 4th match on Court-1. The Tier4 hard-court tournament takes place at Dusit Resort from Monday to Sunday, 6th February. Former World No.1 Martina Hingis will make her first appearance in a WTA Tour event since she played in Filderstadt in October, 2002.
Sunday, 30 January, 2005 (1) - Australian Open
The 7th seeded Serena Williams won her Australian Open title on Saturday, defeating the top seeded Lindsay Davenport, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the all-American final.
2005 Australian Open Final Results
Women's Singles Final on Saturday, 29 January:
Serena Williams (USA)(7) def. Lindsay Davenport (USA)(1), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
Women's Doubles Final on Friday, 28 January:
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Molik (AUS)(6) def. L. Davenport (USA) / C. Morariu (USA)(15), 6-3, 6-4
Mixed Doubles Final on Sunday, 30 January:
S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Draper (AUS) def. L. Huber (RSA) / K. Ullyett (ZIM)(4), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
Girls' Singles Final on Sunday, 30 January:
Victoria Azarenka (BLR)(1) def. Agnes Szavay (HUN)(12), 6-2, 6-2
Girls' Doubles Final on Saturday, 29 January:
V. Azarenka (BLR) / M. Erakovic (NZL)(2) def. N. Frankova (CZE) / A. Szavay (HUN)(6), 6-0, 6-2
Saturday, 15 January, 2005 - Australia Summer Circuit, WTA Rankings
In the 2nd week of the 2005 Tennis Australia Summer Circuit, 3 different region's players took the major titles. No.6 seed Alicia Molik defeated compatriot wildcard Samantha Stosur, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in all-Australian women's final at the Medibank International to claim her 5th career WTA title on Saturday. She became the first Australian female player to win the Sydney event since Wendy Turnbull in 1980.
Unseeded Jie Zheng claimed her first career Tour title on Friday with a 6-2 6-0 upset win over No.2 seed Gisela Dulko in the Moorilla International final in Hobart. She became the 2nd Chinese winner of a WTA Tour singles title following Na Li, who won the Guangzhou International Women's Open last October. Jie Zheng also won the doubles title with partner Zi Yan, defeating Anabel Medina Garrigues and Dinara Safina, 6-4, 7-5 in the final. Tennis Australia has announced that the tournament would be upgraded to tier 4 standing next year.
The 17-year-old qualifier Ana Ivanovic from Serbia and Montenegro won her first career Tour title on Saturday after defeating Hungarian lucky loser Melinda Czink, 7-5, 6-1 in the final of the Richard Luton Properties Canberra Women's Classic. They had met in the final round of the qualifying singles last Sunday when Ana Ivanovic defeated Melinda Czink, 6-1, 6-3.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 17 January, 2005:
Thursday, 13 January, 2005 - Australian Open
The 2005 Australian Open seedings were announced today. In the women's field, 32 of the top 37-ranked players have been named as seeds for next week's Grand Slam tournament with 5 Russian seeded in the top 10. Local hope Alicia Molik was given the No.10 seed for her home big event. Defending champion Justine Henin-Hardenne has announced her withdrawal because of right knee injury. The qualifying singles got underway today at Melbourne Park.
Australian Open 2005 Women's Seeds:
Sunday, 09 January, 2005 - WTA Rankings
The WTA Tour official website released this year's first ranking tables as of 10th January. Miss Dokic's places are No.125 in the singles and No.902 (lowest rank in the list) in the doubles rankings.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 10 January, 2005:
Saturday, 08 January, 2005 - Season-opening Events
The 2005 season-opening events were all completed on Saturday. No.2 seed Patty Schnyder won her 9th career title, defeating local favorite Samantha Stosur, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the Uncle Tobys Hardcourts final in Gold Coast.
Katarina Srebotnik claimed both the singles and doubles titles in Auckland, winning 3 matches on the same day. She upset 4th-seeded doubles partner Shinbou Asagoe, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the ASB Bank Classic, following a tough 7-5 2-6 7-5 win over 5th seed Marion Bartoli in the rain-postponed semi-finals on Saturday. It was her 3rd Tour singles title. Shinobu Asagoe advanced to the final by defeating No.1 seed Amy Frazier, 7-6 (4), 6-4. In the doubles final, the top seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Shinobu Asagoe overpowered wildcards Leanne Baker and Francesca Lubiani in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
The Slovak Republic's team, Daniela Hantuchova and Dominik Hrbaty, won the ITF's Hyundai Hopman Cup by defeating Argentina team, Gisela Dulko and Guillermo Coria, 3-0 in the final at the Burswood Dome in Perth. The Slovak Republic reached the final by winning over USA and The Netherlands after losing to Australia in the round-robin matches of Group-B. While, Argentina reached the final from Group-A with victories over Germany, Italy and Russia.
In Hong Kong, Elena Dementieva defeated defending champion Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-2 at the Watsons Water Champions Challenge exhibition's final session at Victoria Park.
Wednesday, 05 January, 2005 - WTA Tour
The WTA Tour announced today that Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications will become the worldwide title sponsor of the WTA Tour. Under the terms of the six-year deal, the Tour will be renamed the "Sony Ericsson WTA Tour". The WTA Tour had been without a global sponsor since the 2003 season.
Saturday, 01 January, 2005 - A Happy New Year
A Happy New Year for Miss Dokic and her supporters!!
I wish you all Peace and Happiness throughout the New Year.
The 2005 season begins in a few days in Gold Coast, Auckland, Perth and Hong Kong. Miss Dokic is reportedly starting her new season late January. I really hope that she will restart her tennis life strongly to fulfil her potential and bring excitement to the world tennis again!
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