Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

Bausch & Lomb Championships
Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida, USA
12 April, 2002

J. Dokic / E. Gagliardi, 6-3, 6-4
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Dokic's Birthday Wish
April 12, 2002


Not everyone gets to celebrate her birthday amongst top 
athletes.  Jelena Dokic has done it for the past three years.

Friday morning, Dokic blew out her birthday candles in the 
players' lounge at the Amelia Island Plantation, where she has 
been competing for this week's Bausch and Lomb Championships.

 Nineteen-year-old Dokic reminisced about her favorite 
birthdays growing up in Yugoslavia and unwrapping childhood 
toys.

"I loved getting anything to play with, but my favorite toy 
would have to be Barbie," she said giggling.  "There were so 
many accessories and outfits for Barbie that I would play for 
hours."

As she has gotten older, her tastes have matured, but the need 
to accessorize has remained a constant.  Now, she lists 
jewelry as her favorite gift.

"Anything from Tiffany is wonderful, nothing's betting than 
opening that blue box," Dokic said.

This year, it would be difficult to wrap Dokic's ideal 
birthday gift since she longs for a holiday in the sun in 
either Hawaii or Spain, two places she's never visited.

"After the intensity of being on the tour for weeks in a row, 
it's important to be able to relax completely, at least for a 
few days.  No training, no tennis, just relaxing," Dokic said.

Even though she had a rainy birthday in Amelia Island, Dokic 
will have the real celebration with friends and family after 
the Family Circle Cup in Charleston.  However, her birthday 
was not forgotten by Sanex WTA Tour players and staff as they 
sang to her while presenting a big chocolate cake.

"Hopefully I can celebrate a win with a piece of cake 
tonight," she said grinning.


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Henin, Dokic win at wet Bausch & Lomb
April 12, 2002


AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- Second-seeded Justin Henin and No. 
3 Jelena Dokic won third-round matches Friday, but rain 
plagued the Bausch & Lomb Championships for a third day.

Henin defeated Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 6-3, and Dokic beat 
Emmanuelle Gagliardi 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Henin fell behind in the second set, losing the first two 
games before running off five straight as she continually sent 
passing shots by Garbin.

Dokic, playing on her 19th birthday, had an equally easy time, 
but said a six-hour rain delay was frustrating.

"It was a mentally difficult day. I didn't want to be out 
there any longer than I had to be, especially if I have to 
play two matches [aturday]," Dokic said. "That makes it tough 
when the rain starts, stops, starts, then it turns dark."

Other winners were No. 6 Silvia Farnia, No. 10 Elena 
Dementieva and unseeded Anne Kramer. Farnia beat Janette 
Husarova 6-2 in the first set before Husarova retired with a 
calf strain, Dementieva took Nathalie Dechy, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 
6-3, and Kramer ousted Elena Likhovtseva 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

After rain had postponed most matches since Wednesday 
afternoon, Friday's schedule had called for the completion of 
the round of 16 in the morning, with the quarterfinals later 
in the day.

But a thundershower rolled through the area, forcing all 
matches to be moved back until mid-afternoon.
Top-seeded Venus Williams and Paola Suarez previously advanced 
to the quarterfinals with wins Thursday.


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