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Power-play will dominate: Dokic
By Our Special Correspondent
[photo] Some of the foreign participants in the WTA Hyderabad Open relax after a practice session at the Lal Bahadur Stadium tennis complex on Saturday.
HYDERABAD, FEB. 5. The power factor in tennis, which has already gained considerable significance, will continue to be the dominant aspect of the game in the future feels the former world No. 4, Jelena Dokic who is now in Hyderabad to take part in the 2005 Hyderabad Open WTA tennis tournament. The matches will get underway here from February 7.
"The trend which is very much in evidence nowadays will continue to grow and the players who have more power will win more often. Technique and skills will play a lesser role in the game in future," she said while addressing the media here today.
Currently ranked 126 in the world, she arrived in India from Pattaya on Friday, Thailand, after playing in the Volvo Women's Open.
Dokic, who moved up 92 slots in world rankings in one season in 1999 has posted victories over most of the top players in the world in the course of her career. The 1.75 meters tall and wiry player is the winner of five WTA singles titles.
Speaking about her chances in the tournament she said that she will take each match as it comes. "I have to work on my physical fitness. Psychologically I am ready but I would like to lift my game by a notch or two to reach the level where I was once," she opined.
"I heard of this WTA tournament in Hyderabad a couple of months ago and started making plans to take part in it. Here, I think the first one or two rounds will be the most important ones," said Dokic.
She admitted that making a comeback was always a difficult but her approach would be to plan a gradual ascent. "I have no plans to make a big impression right away. I am planning to do it gradually. My first task will be to break into the top 50 and then take it from there," she said.
When asked if this tournament would afford her a big enough challenge she said that there were several good players in the fray and no tournament can be called an easy one.
"The standard goes up every year and new players come up who are difficult to beat," she felt.
She said she was happy to be in Hyderabad and this is her first visit to India.
Archana beats Sai
Meanwhile, Archana Venkatraman defeated Sai Jayalakshmy 7-6(2), 6-4, in the qualifying rounds of the Women's Tennis Association-Hyderabad Open 2005 here on Saturday.
The results: First qualifying round: S. Hisamatsu bt Rushmi Chakravarthi 6-4, 6-7(6), 7-5; Archana Venkatraman bt Sai Jayalakshmy 7-6(2), 6-4; Shruti Dhawan bt Isha Lakhani 7-5, 6-3; Jarmila Gajdosova bt M. Tangphong 6-3, 6-4; A. Rodionova bt Zi Yan 6-1, 6-2; Mandy Minella bt Geeta Manohar 6-4, 7-5; Monique Adamczak bt Sandy Gumulya 6-4, 6-1; Julia Vorobieva bt Sanaa Bhambri 6-3, 6-4; Nina Bratchikova bt Chin Wei Chan 6-4, 6-3; Ting Li bt Sheethal Goutham 6-4, 6-2; Rami Tezuka bt Punam Reddy 6-1, 6-4; Andrea Vanc w/o Iroda Tulyaganova; Katerina Bondarenko bt Sonal Phadke 6-2, 6-4; Akgul Amanmuradova bt Ivana Abramovic 6-3, 6-4; Tatiana Poutchek bt Ormila Ram 6-0, 6-1.
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