Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews and Articles

The 2004 Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, UAE
Singles 1st Round on 24th February, 2004
Petra Mandula (HUN) def. Jelena Dokic (SCG)(6), 6-1, 6-2.

"Mandula Ousts Dokic in Dubai"
WTA Tour.com - Newsroom
24th February, 2004
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WTA Tour - News


   February 24, 2004
             
   © Jorge Ferrari 
   Mandula Ousts Dokic in Dubai


   DUBAI, U.A.E. - Jelena Dokic was the only seeded casualty on Day 2 
   of the Dubai Duty Free Women's Open, with the No.6 seed falling to 
   Hungarian Petra Mandula (right). 

   After a semifinal finish in Tokyo to start her season (having missed 
   the Australian circuit), Dokic has now lost her last three matches 
   and two out of three against Mandula, her conqueror at Roland Garros 
   in 2001. 

   The 48-minute encounter was littered with errors from the former 
   world No.4 with the occasional blistering winner.

   "It was not a good performance at all," said Dokic. "I think people 
   would expect much more from me. I don't think there was a rally of 
   more than three balls from my side, but every time I stayed in the 
   point a little bit I won it. She played really well and I played 
   really bad, and that's what happens. 

   "It's disappointing because I started the year so well. I had tough 
   matches and even if I didn’t play well I got through. I have to work 
   very hard mentally and tennis-wise now. I just need some more 
   matches to get some more confidence, and hopefully I won't have 
   matches like this." 

   The other two seeds in action at the $585,000 event Tuesday both 
   emerged victorious. No.5 seed Ai Sugiyama was a comfortable 62 63 
   winner of Russian Lina Krasnoroutskaya while No.8 Conchita Martinez 
   defeated qualifier Mervana Jugic-Salkic of Bosnia & Herzegovina, 63 
   62. 

   It was a great day for the wildcards, with all three advancing to 
   the second round. Eleni Daniilidou was a 36 63 62 winner over Tina 
   Pisnik of Slovenia, while new Hyderabad champion Nicole Pratt 
   outlasted Chinese qualifier Zheng Jie 75 75. 

   Tunisia's Selima Sfar, the most well-known woman Arab tennis player, 
   is making her fourth appearance in Dubai as a wildcard as is through 
   to the round of 16 for the second time. 

   The 26-year-old Sfar advanced after Tamarine Tanasugarn retired with 
   right knee tendonitis trailing 62 40.

   "I'm really excited to have one my first match," said Sfar, who now 
   meets world No.1 Justine Henin-Hardenne. "I was very tense before 
   the match but I think it was positive tension. This is the most 
   important tournament of the year for me and I really want to do well 
   for the Arab people. 

   "I'm sorry that I won this way but I'm looking forward playing the 
   world No.1." 

   The other players to advance Tuesday were Spain's Magui Serna, 
   Italian qualifier Maria Elena Camerin and American Meghann 
   Shaughnessy. 


   © 2004 WTA Tour

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