Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

The 2003 Pilot Pen Tennis in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Singles 1st Round on 18th August, 2003
Jelena Dokic (WC) def. Meghann Shaughnessy, 6-2, 6-4.

"Dokic enjoys return to form with victory in New Haven"
ABC Online News (Australia)
19th August, 2003
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  Last Update: Tuesday, August 19, 2003. 1:44pm AEST 

  Dokic enjoys return to form with victory in New Haven

  Jelena Dokic registered a welcome 6-2, 6-4 victory over Meghann Shaughnessy at 
  the Pilot Pen event on Monday to set up a second round encounter against top 
  seed Lindsay Davenport. 

  Only two seeded players took to the court and both advanced, with number seven 
  Conchita Martinez of Spain beating Japan's Saori Obata 6-2, 6-2, and eighth 
  seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan edging past unseeded American Lisa Raymond 3-6, 6-2, 

  Dokic was happy with the victory over Shaughnessy after losing their last two 
  matches in what has been a worrying year that has witnessed her drop out of 
  the world's top-20 following a string of poor results. 

  "I played well, surprisingly well," the 20-year-old Yugoslav said of her 
  triumph in the final warm-up event for next week's US Open. 

  "I haven't had a great year and I lost to her quite easily the last two times 
  we played, so I knew I had to concentrate and play well, and I did. 

  "No matter what happens in the next one, I had a good match here. About six 
  months ago I wouldn't have won a match like this." 

  Dokic, who is seeded 22 in New York, admits she has paid the price for 
  overplaying the past two years. 

  In 2001, she played 76 singles and 52 doubles matches and added 79 singles and 
  43 doubles encounters to that total last year. 

  "I've played a lot of matches the last two years," she said. 

  "I've done well and maybe now it's tiredness, mentally and physically.

  "I've played less matches this year, obviously, and I'm starting to feel 
  better the last few months. 

  "It just happens. Sometimes you don't play as well and your confidence goes a 
  little bit and then you're not so comfortable on the court. I think that's 
  what's happened this year." 

  Harkleroad ousted

  Top American junior Ashley Harkleroad returned from a two-month injury break 
  but was beaten 6-1, 7-6 by Ukraine's Tatiana Perebiynis.

  Five minutes before the match Harkleroad thought she was playing fellow 
  American Alexandra Stevenson, but her original opponent withdrew with a 
  shoulder injury that has kept her out of action for the past three weeks. 

  Harkleroad, who beat Daniela Hantuchova at the French Open, fell behind 6-1, 
  5-1 and saved two match points before fighting back to lead 6-5. 

  However, she failed to convert her two set points and the Ukrainian's greater 
  firepower carried her through the tiebreak. 

  In other matches, Swiss qualifier Miriam Casanova lined up a second round 
  meeting with second seed Amelie Mauresmo by overwhelming Laura Granville 6-1, 
  6-1, and Elena Bovina disposed of qualifier Alicia Molik 6-3, 6-3 to set up a 
  contest against third seed Jennifer Capriati. 

  Cara Black will play fourth seed Hantuchova after beating fellow qualifier 
  Rita Grande 6-2, 6-1 and there were also wins for Russian teenager Vera 
  Zvonareva and Magui Serna of Spain. 

   2003 Australian Broadcasting Corporation 

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