Monday, 28 February, 2005 - Doha, Acapulco, WTA Rankings|
The 2nd-seeded Maria Sharapova claimed her 2nd title of the season and 9th career Tour singles title on Saturday, defeating the 4th-seeded Alicia Molik, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Qatar Total Open in Doha. While, the top-seeded Flavia Pennetta captured a 2nd straight title in 2 weeks and her 3rd career Tour singles title on Sunday, defeating unseeded Ludmila Cervanova, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presented by HSBC in Acapulco.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 28 February, 2005:
Monday, 21 February, 2005 - Memphis, Antwerp, Bogota, WTA Rankings
For the moment, there is no official information on Miss Dokic's next tournament. Her name is not on any of the entry lists for upcoming tournaments of the WTA Tour and the ITF Womens Circuit. She seems to be still resting to recover from a left thigh injury.
Three players claimed their first titles of the season last week. Top seed and defending champion Vera Zvonareva won her 2nd successive title in Memphis with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over No.3 seed Meghann Shaughnessy in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & the Cellular South Cup on Saturday. It was her 3rd career Tour singles title. In Antwerp, former World No.1 and Top seed Amelie Mauresmo won her 16th career Tour singles title, defeating No.3 seed Venus Williams, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in Sunday's final of the Proximus Diamond Games. Later Sunday, No.2 seed Flavia Pennetta defeated qualifier Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the title match in Bogota to win the Copa Colsanitas Seguros Bolivar. It was her 2nd career Tour title.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 21 February, 2005:
Monday, 14 February, 2005 - Hyderabad Open, Open Gaz de France, WTA Rankings
The 18-year-old local prospect Sania Mirza won her maiden singles title at the Hyderabad Open by defeating No.9 seed Alyona Bondarenko, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 before her home crowd on Saturday evening. It was the first Tour singles championship match for both finalists. Earlier on Saturday afternoon, No.3 seeds of Zi Yan and Jie Zheng upset the Athens gold medalists and No.2 seeds, Ting Li and Tian Tian Sun, 6-4, 6-1 in the all-Chinese doubles final.
In Paris, another unseeded 18-year-old Dinara Safina won the Open Gaz de France by defeating No.2 seeded home favorite Amelie Mauresmo, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in Sunday's final. It was her first appearance in a Tier-2 singles final and her 3rd career singles title following the Prokom Open in 2002 and the Palermo Open in 2003. She also reached the doubles final with partner Anabel Medina Garrigues but lost to Iveta Benesova and Kveta Peschke, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6 later Sunday.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 14 February, 2005:
Friday, 11 February, 2005 - Proximus Diamond Games
Miss Dokic seems to have withdrawn from next week's Proximus Diamond Games. The tournament official website announced the singles main draw, in which her name was not included. She had received a wild card for the Tier-2 indoor tournament, starting next Monday at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium.
Main Draw Singles for the 2005 Proximus Diamond Games:
Tuesday, 08 February, 2005 - Hyderabad Open
Miss Dokic made an early exit from the Hyderabad Open Tuesday afternoon, falling to Mara Santangelo, 6-7 (2), 3-6 in the 70-minute opening round match. She stayed in the game until the end, fighting with a thigh injury. The Rediff online news website reported that both the players have refused to appear at the post-match conference. However, nothing detailed has been reported for the reason and the WTA Tour has not reported anything at least until now about what happened. Mara Santangelo will next face Russian teen Maria Kirilenko, last year's finalist.
Monday, 07 February, 2005 - Hyderabad Open, WTA Rankings
Miss Dokic is scheduled to play her first match in India tomorrow. She will meet Mara Santangelo at Tuesday's opening match on Centre Court. Play is due to start at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on all courts.
According to some photos from Hyderabad, she practiced on court with her left thigh still bandaged.
The WTA Tour official website released new ranking tables. Miss Dokic slipped 85 places to No.209 in the singles and finally lost her doubles ranking.
WTA Singles Ranking List for 07 February, 2005:
Sunday, 06 February, 2005 (2) - Hyderabad Open
Miss Dokic will play in Hyderabad, India this week. The 2005 Hyderabad Open will take place from the 7th to 12th February at the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) Tennis Complex in Hyderabad. She has arrived in India from Pattaya on Friday, the Hindu reported. The singles draw for this Tier 4 hard-court tournament was announced today. Miss Dokic is in the top quarter of the draw. She will meet Mara Santangelo of Italy in the opening round on Tuesday. The top seed is China's Na Li.
Sunday, 06 February, 2005 (1) - Volvo Women's Open, Toray Pan Pacific Tennis
The 3rd-seeded former World No.2 Conchita Martinez claimed her 33rd singles title on Sunday after winning over the 7th-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the final of the Volvo Women's Open. It was the first Tour final for the 19-year-old Anna-Lena Groenefeld. She enjoyed a successful week, winning the doubles title with Marion Bartoli by defeating Marta Domachowska and Silvija Talaja, 6-3, 6-2 in the final later Sunday. In Tokyo, the 2nd-seeded Maria Sharapova defeated the top-seeded defending champion Lindsay Davenport, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in Sunday's final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament.
* Qualifying round photos at the 2005 Toray Pan Pacific Open are available to see here.
Wednesday, 02 February, 2005 - Volvo Women's Open
Miss Dokic was unfortunately forced to retire from her 2nd round match against Ukrainian Alyona Bondarenko at the Volvo Women's Open Wednesday afternoon, losing the match, 6-7 (1), 0-1. According to the match-report for the tournament official website, she was unable to continue due to a (left) groin strain when she dropped her serve in the 1st game of the 2nd set after losing the opening set in a tie-break. The Reuters has reported her post-match comments: "For now I'll play small tournaments... I want to get some matches, get myself back. I'm a long way from where I was and where I want to be so it will take a while." - She is due to play in Hyderabad next week. We hope her injury is not too serious and wish her all the best in her recovery!
Tuesday, 01 February, 2005 - Volvo Women's Open
Miss Dokic will meet Alyona Bondarenko, who advanced to the 2nd round with a 7-6 (5) 6-4 upset win over 4th seed Mashona Washington yeaterday, at the 2nd match on Court-1 tomorrow afternoon. The 1st match between Magui Serna and 2nd seed Marion Bartoli is due to start at 3.00 p.m. (local time). Having returned to the Tour event after 2 years lay-off, former World No.1 Martina Hingis lost to Marlene Weingartner, 6-1, 2-6, 2-6 in the opening round on Tuesday.
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