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"Dokic Crashes Out of Eastbourne"
Sporting Life - Great Britain
15th June, 2004
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   [photo] Dokic - down but not out. 


   Jelena Dokic crashed to her latest surprise defeat against 
   Slovenia's Tina Pisnik in the Hastings Direct International Women's 
   Championship at Eastbourne but vowed to battle on with her career.

   After the humiliating 6-2 6-2 defeat in stifling heat on Court One 
   at Devonshire Park Serbian star Dokic, a Wimbledon semi-finalist at 
   17 in 2000 and a quarter-finalist the previous year, admitted: "I've 
   played more tennis than in someone else's whole career. After six 
   years at the top it might be hurting a bit now."

   But she added: "I won't be looking for a new direction to go. I have 
   other interests but I still love tennis and while that is the case I 
   will play on. I'm not in it for the money. It is because I love the 

   That certainly did not seem the case as Dokic, the world's fourth 
   best woman player two years ago but now outside the top 20 after a 
   major slump in form, virtually let the match against Pisnik, ranked 
   a modest 46 in the world, slide away from early in the first set.

   Dokic admitted: "My game in general is a problem right now. Not just 
   the serve or the returning. My confidence is very low. That cannot 
   be much of a surprise to anybody.

   "I just have to get more matches and not worry about it, but it is 
   not easy when you keep losing. It means you can't have as many 
   matches. Simple. Practice is all right. There is no pressure there."

   Now coached by Borna Bikic, her boyfriend's brother, Dokic once 
   played under the flag of Australia and was guided by controversial 
   father Damir.

   Dokic added: "I think it is unfair if people say I am missing my 
   father's influence. I still played at number four for two years 
   without him and have regularly finished in the top 15. It is my aim 
   to prove I can do well without him. I have to find my way.

   "I will play at Wimbledon next week because it is a Grand Slam and 
   you have to go for it and do what you can."

   Amanda Janes gave Britain a boost after the exit of two compatriots 
   on Monday when she beat China's rising star Jie Zheng in straight 
   sets and earned a second-round clash with top seed and world number 
   four Amelie Mauresmo.

   Janes, daughter of former star Christine Truman, followed up a 
   string of victories last year at Eastbourne with a solid 7-5 6-3 win 
   over a player who became the first from China to reach the fourth 
   round of a Grand Slam in Paris earlier this month.

   Although the tiny Zheng looked a fish out of water with her with 
   baseline, claycourt style, Janes was in great form with her serving 
   and returning, making only the occasional error.

   Having extricated the only break of the first set in the 11th game, 
   she broke through again to lead 3-2 in the second and survived a few 
   minor crises, including spurning three match points, before taking 
   the honours.

   Daniela Hantuchova beat American Amy Frazier 7-5 3-6 6-2, dropping 
   just one point in the last three games.

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