Jelena Dokic: Column 2

Anthony Hills' Column 2003

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Linz - Thursday, 23 October, 2003
Jelena appears to be off to another fine start with two matches already in the win column. Having already beaten Alexendra Stevenson in the previous tournament, hopefully in the next round, she will get her again, and not Ai Sugiyama, who is a very tough player. Whatever it is Jelena has been doing for these past two weeks, let's hope she continues to do it. Dokic fans have recently been uplifted somewhat, now we want her to win a title. Keep up the good work Jelena. Good luck and God bless you Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Zurich - Monday, 20 October, 2003
What a fantastic tournament the 2003 Swisscom was for Jelena Dokic. I mentioned in an earlier message, how great it would be for her to finish the season on a high note. I have to believe that this was it! To put it in perspective, she beat some very capable tennis players, including the number one ranked Kim Clijsters. Quite an accomplishment for the seemingly "struggling" young Jelena! Reaching the finals was more than I had dare hope for, based on her previous three tournaments, but she managed to come through with flying colors. As some of her Australian friends might say to her, "Good on ya mate". From me, a more reserved Englishman, I would simply say, "Well done". As Jelena Dokic fans, let us continue to believe in her, and support her, and pray for her continued recovery, and a swift (end of season) rise to her formal status as a top ten womens tennis player. Good luck and God bless you Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Zurich - Wednesday, 15 October, 2003
On Tuesday afternoon Oct 14th, I was having coffee with my wife at our local mall, where I had purchased a copy of the newspaper "USA Today". Turning to the sports page, I was elated to read that Jelena Dokic had beaten Chanda Rubin. My first re-action was a deep sigh of relief, followed by a deep desire to do a dozen cart-wheels down the center of the mall. I settled for joyfully sharing my elation with my wife, and then pondered Jelena's next match. Today, Wednesday Oct. 15th, I visited this website, and discover that Jelena had beaten Alexandra Stevenson in what appears to have been a hard fought match. My optimistically cautious jubilation continues, and I look forward to Jelena's next match with either Amelie Mauresmo of France, or local defending champ and Swiss favorite, Patty Snyder. Either one will prove to be quite a challenge for Jelena, but I think she can prevail and make it to the semi finals; something she has not done in a long time! Keep up the good tennis, and good luck and God bless you Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Moscow - Thursday, 02 October, 2003
Sadly, another disappointing loss for Jelena. What else can be said except, I have to believe better times are ahead for her, if not this year, then next year. Many of us have speculated as to what her problem or problems are, but whatever the cause, they seem to continue to haunt her. It is certainly not from lack of support from her fans! Maybe after a long rest, a fresh start next year with a less hectic schedule, will bring out the best that Jelena Dokic fans know is within her. I will continue to support her, (win or lose, no matter her ranking), and hope that somehow she can manage to pull out a miraculous big win, and finish on a high note before this season ends. Good luck and God bless you Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Flushing Meadows - Friday, 29 August, 2003
I finally got to see Jelena Dokic on television in the second round of the US Open. They did not show the complete match, but showed a major portion of it. She played so well in the second set, fighting off a few match points to take it to a tie-breaker which she won. Believe me, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. She seemed to be breezing through the third set at 5-2, when Mary Pierce rallied, and the next thing I knew, it was 6-5 Pierce. Again, Jelena held on, playing some tough shots, pounding in a few aces to take it to another tie-breaker. It was a great match to watch. I thought she played well, if the 10+ double faults could be erased. If there is such a thing in tennis, it was a (good loss). I enjoyed every minute of it. Good luck next time out Jelena! God bless you.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

New Haven - Tuesday, 19 August, 2003
A nice first round win by Jelena in the Pilot Pen gives her fans a little lift. Let's hope she can break out of her slump by winning two matches back to back. Something she hasn't done for a while. As an Jelena Dokic fan, I am going through a bit of a dry spell, as it's been sometime since I last saw one of her matches live on television. I am keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that on Wednesday, I will finally get to see her again on TV. I have a few of her previous matches on video tape, but there is nothing like the excitement of watching her play live. Good luck in your next match Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Los Angeles - Friday, 08 August, 2003
Another early exit for Jelena Dokic hardly reinforces world opinion that she is a contender for the (number one) position in women's tennis, or the (top ten) for that matter. Nonetheless, her loyal fans will no doubt continue to stay the course through the good times, and the bad times. I know I will!
I never saw her match against Kuznetsova, but judging from the line score, Jelena gave a good account of herself, through what must have been a tough fought match. I believe she has all the qualities to be the best on the WTA tour, having been blessed with her athletic physical attributes, strength, speed, desire, motivation, etc. However, she needs to work on what I feel is her one weakness, one that haunts many athletes, professional and amateur, and that is her mental attitude and psychological approach to her game. Let us remember, she is still young, and has come a long way in such a short career. She has fallen in the rankings a little, but hopefully this will be further!
Motivation for her to make some adjustments, and finish the year with some more positive results. I'll be waiting for her next tournament. Good luck and God bless Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Stanford - Saturday, 26 July, 2003
In all honesty, Jelena Dokic should not be losing to an opponent who is not ranked in the top 100. However, sometimes the unpredictable happens, and the result is an astonishing upset, and another disappointing loss for Jelena. I continue to believe that better times, in both her tennis world and her personal life, are ahead for her, and look forward to the next WTA tournament she is in. I would like to include the words of a song which I have always found very uplifting, in times when things appear not to be going so well.
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 When you walk through a storm hold your head up high, and don't be afraid of the dark.
 At the end of a storm there's a golden sky, and the sweet silver song of a lark.
 Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown.
 Walk on, walk on, with hope in your your heart, for you'll never walk alone.
 You'll never walk alone!
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I hope Jelena can take comfort from these words, and realize, with her fans support, she will not be alone! Good luck and God bless Jelena.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Stanford - Friday, 25 July, 2003
Fantastic! That's what I shouted when I read that Jelena Dokic had beaten Alexandra Stevenson in her first match of the West Bank Classic. Stevenson is no easy push-over, as she was ranked number 28, and at one time, (according to the US Tennis magazine), was ranked as high as number 18. So Jelena Dokic appears to be off to a fine start, and I look forward to some 'more of the same'. Congratulations to Jelena Dokic.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Wimbledon - Wednesday, 09 July, 2003
Well another Wimbledon has come to a end. A few major upsets on the men's side, along with some disappointments. However, not too many surprises on the women's side, just my biggest disappointment of course, being that Jelena Dokic did not go a little further. (I was hoping for the semi finals!) I did think it was her best tournament of the year, and continue to believe she is still very young, and in the early stages of her fine career, and she will greatly improve as she matures. Now is the time for all Jelena Dokic fans to continue showing their support any way they can, because we still have a lot of great tennis to look forward to. I do believe it would be in Jelena's best interest to associate herself with a major "tennis country" that would support her more than what she is getting right now. Such as going back to Australia for example, or immigrating to Great Britain or the U.S.A. Do you have any thoughts on that? Good luck to Jelena in her next tournament.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Wimbledon - Sunday, 29 June, 2003
A disappointing loss to the young Maria Sharapova, but I thought Jelena played a little better this tournament than in previous ones. Her last match saw a lot of double faults from Jelena, and I thought she had a bad call from the line judge towards the end of the first set. At least we had something to cheer about this time. Quite a shocking loss on the doubles front. Good luck to Jelena, and God bless her.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA

Eastbourne - Wednesday, 18 June, 2003
What a disappointment again for all Jelena Dokic fans. It seems she just cannot get going this season. Have you figured out what is wrong with her? Is it her tennis, her coach, her attitude, her family life, or a combination of all. I sure hope she has a better showing at Wimbledon, so us Dokic fans can have something to cheer about.
- T.H. Jamestown. New York. USA



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