NEWS AND STORIES FOR AUGUST 2001
By Ljubisa Bojic
Jelena did a great job yesterday as she won match against Lilia Osterloh of America 6-3 6-3. For audience on court and around the world who watched match on TV it was complete difference from Capriati - Dokic match. Dokic had powerful serve. She made many aces and just two double faults. It is good that Jelena worked a little bit on her serve which is very important part of the game to gain confidence and some easy points. Lilia Osterloh just did not have answer last night and we hope Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario who is Jelena's next opponent will not have any answer at all on Dokic's breaking game. However Yugoslav should make attention and enter third round match very carefully because Sanchez has huge experience as you will se from her profile.
Photo section update with latest photos from second round of US open:
Next to face Yugoslav is Arantxa
Sanchez-Vicario who is very experienced and that is her mightiest weapon. After
that Martina Hingis who is peace will face Jelena.
August 29 results: Singles second round:
By Ljubisa Bojic
Dokic won her opening match in US open 2001. Adriana Serra-Zanetti of Italy was beaten 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.Things are cooking so don’t worry, Jelena will do her best at the appropriate time. Jelena will strike tomorrow in second round of New York tournament against United state’s Lilia Osterloh who defeated Marie Gaiane of Suisse 6-4, 6-3
Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Open - Monday results: Singles first round:
By Ljubisa Bojic
Maybe it is not best-grand-slam of the year but it is certainly most commercial one. New York US open is coming to be last tennis spectacle of the year featuring the best ladies and gents from tennis world. It is first chance in new millennium for players to show their progress since Wimbledon 2001. Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia has had busy time since than. She played one tournament per weak.
From Aug 27 to Sep 9 (2weeks) US open will be held in Flushing Meadow, NY, USA. This is grand slam tournament played on hard surface.
Jelena is scheduled to play second match on court 11. Matches starting 11 AM New York time.
Jelena is 14th seeded. In opening round Dokic will face Adriana Serra-Zanetti . Then there is Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian SUI or Lilia Osterloh USA In the third round there maybe Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and fourth round Martina Hingis. If Jelena goes over Martina (and we know she can do that) everything is open. Here is BIO of first Jelena's opponent.
Players are seeded this way:
Latest result is that she with her partner Nadia Petrova lost Pilot Pen finale match in doubles competition against Black/Likhovtseva #2-ranked world-wide with result 0-6 6-3 2-6.
Pen Tennis - New Haven, CT
The first time was last year, when they lost in the first round at Amelia Island. But Dokic and Petrova's second go-around together has already surpassed their first one.The unseeded tandem of Dokic and Petrova beat Silvia Farina Elia and Miriam Oremans 6-1, 7-6 (1) in semifinal action on Stadium Court Friday to advance to today's final. Dokic and Petrova will play the winner of Friday night's match between Liezel Huber and Laura Montalvo and the second-seeded team of Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva. Huber and Montalvo have never won a tournament together. Black and Likhovtseva have won five this year and have lost in the final of two others. They have the third-most points of every doubles team in the WTA. Still, Dokic and Petrova said they'd rather take the challenge of playing the more-polished duo. "I'd like to play Black and Likhovtseva," said Petrova, who has won one doubles title in her career (with Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie). "I had a very close match against them with another partner (Daniela Hantuchova) last week (in Toronto) and we led 4-1 in third set and lost (6-4). So I'm really looking forward to playing them." Dokic doesn't have as much of a personal desire to play against Black and Likhovtseva, but she still prefers that matchup. "I've played against both teams," said Dokic, the No. 14 ranked singles player in the world. "Black and Likhovtseva suit us better because they play a similar style to us. "Nadia and I are very similar to one another. We both hit from the back, serve and volley when we need to and follow each other very well on the court. We know what the other is going to do and whatever comes along, we just really combine well on the court."
By Ljubisa Bojic
Dokic did not manage to overcome Capriati at yesterday's center court match at New Haven. The key of the match was serve. Capriati have served 10 aces more than 100 mph during the match. Easy points gave her motivation and she break Jelena's rhythm. Serve, combined with her strength and experience did a job for Jenny the kid. Jennifer will face winner of the Venus Williams - Justine Henin match in semi-finale of Pilot pen tennis open. Although she missed many of her firat serves, Capriati recorded just five double-faults. Dokic should definitely practice her serve because she has lot to improve in order to achieve her full potential in that area of the game.
``Our games are very similar. I think she's physically a little bit stronger, and mentally also,'' Dokic said.In the doubles competition Dokic with partner Petrova will play against winner of 3rd round match today. Petrova will be Dokic's partner in US open also and will play against Tina Krizan and Katarina Srebotnik.
Photo section is updated with five latest of-court photos from Pilot pen open. Interview section is updated after a long time with Canadian open first round interview that was given by Dokic. Visit us tomorrow because you can see US open preview. Now take a look at today's results.
Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT USA, Thursday results:
By Ljubisa Bojic
I was headed to the beach today expecting great day full of surf and sand. After half hour bus ride, I was on my final destination- Clear water bay- escape from the city crowd. As I alighted the bus, I have seen breathtaking view and have been amazed with a extraordinary light of a tropical sky. Then, my telephone rang. It was my friend who told me: "Hey Jelena just won a match". That's the news which made my day even brighter and happier.
It was easy second round match against Lisa Raymond of United States, but Jelena did try some points and had good practice for tomorrow's match. Lisa Raymond was beaten with 6-3 6-0. In next match, Jelena will try to revenge as she will face Jennifer Capriati. American Jenny the kid ranked 2nd in the world who is the Australian and French Open champion. Capriati advanced to the third round of Pilot pen New haven tournament by wining match against this-year-retiring Anke Huber of Germany 0-6 6-3 6-2. Capriati who committed 13 double-faults in the match struggled in the first set to make full recovery. During the second set, she accidentally whacked herself in the lower left leg with her racket. A trainer iced and wrapped the injury.
She quoted: ``I can't play my best tennis all the time. I have a big serve when I want to and I just don't try to hit puffballs on my second serve. She came out blazing in the first set. It was a matter of concentrating hard on those important points''.
It will be hard tomorrow 1:00 PM local time for Yugoslavian but we expect some surprisingly things to happen for Jenny the kid fans as Jelena has biggest chances to beat Capriati so far.
Photo section was updated with this image from the second round of Pilot pen open as well as with photo from the first round match played with Dementieva and exclusive photos from our Toronto correspondent (first two rounds of Canada open). The third round Toronto pictures will come soon. Enjoy our newly organized photo section.
Jelena played Jennifer Capriati two times- in May and August 2001- and lost both matches.
Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT USA, Wednesday results:
Rain has delayed Jelena's first round match in Pilot Pen Tennis tournament. Jelena was slated to play today versus Elena Dementieva of Russia at 19:00 local time when the rain struck New Haven during the second set. Rainout lasted about hour and a half and the match was resumed immediately after the rain stopped. Being down one set to zero Jelena managed to come back and win the match 2:1 in sets, 4:6, 7:5, 6:4 Alike Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this week, Rogers AT&T Cup was rained out last week for two times, Thursday and Sunday. Jelena will face, in the second round, Lisa Raymond of USA who defeated Virginie Razzano of France by 2:0 in sets (6:1, 6:2). We wish you good luck Jelena.
Dokic used a long rain delay to send e-mails and talk on the telephone, which helped her relax. ``To have 3-2 in the second and to come back is a lot to think about for an hour, and hour and a half,'' she said. Dokic said she has a ``good rivalry'' going with Dementieva, who she beat for the first time this year -- not counting a January exhibition in Hong Kong.
Doubles competition in New Haven has also started great
with an amazing victory with first time partner Nadia Petrova of Russia over Maria
Jose Martinez and Anabel Medina Garrigues (4), Spain, 6-1, 6-4.
Jelena is going toward top 10 with big steps. In yesterdays rankings update, Dokic is 14th tennis player in the world. She has 1578 points, 534 qual. points and 25 tours. In doubles, Jelene is 17th because she decided not to play doubles competition at Toronto tournament.
US open seeding has been announced and according to official web site of New York tournament Jelena is 14th. More info to come about that tournament in US open preview.
Raymond Lisa will not be tough job for Jelena. It will more be like peace of cake. But Dokic must pay attention and keep concentrate on the match. Here you can see profile of the player who has been long time on WTA tour:
Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA
Pilot Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT
USA, Monday results, Singles first round:
By Ljubisa Bojic
After good job in Toronto where she got many new fans and awesome cheering atmosphere similar to the soccer matches Jelena will play her first match in New Haven today in doubles competition with partner Nadia Petrova of Russia. Jelena arrived yesterday in New Haven Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale which is her last hard court station before finale grand slam of the year that will be played in nearby New York. Pilot pen tennis will be held from August 19-25 featuring $565,000 in prize money. Format of the tournament is singles Main Draw - 28 players, singles qualifying draw - 48 players, doubles main draw - 16 teams.
In the Monday opening round of Pilot pen open Dokic will face Elena Dementieva which will not be so hard job as many thinks. Afterwards there is chance of meeting Lisa Raymond in second round and Jennifer Capriati herself in Quarterfinal. Jenny the kid is the time when some real problems will start such as Venus Williams in the semifinals and Lindsay Davenport in the finales of one of the hottest sporting event in New England.
Let's concentrate ourselves on today's opening round match in doubles competition featuring: Maria Jose Martinez ESP/Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP vs. Jelena Dokic YUG/Nadia Petrova RUS
Singles draw of Pilot pen tennis is here:
Choice from Pilot pen official web site:
History of the competition: Played in New Haven for the first time in 1998. Formerly known as the USTA Hardcourts, the event has been one of the major stops on the worldwide WTA Tour since 1988. Past champions include Steffi Graf (1988, 1991, 1998), Monica Seles (1990), Martina Navratilova (1992), Lindsay Davenport (1997) and Venus Williams (1999, 2000).
Committed Players: In 2000, an all-star player field featured more than half of the top 30 players in the world including 2000 Wimbledon, US Open and Olympic Gold Medalist Venus Williams, nine-time Grand Slam Champion Monica Seles and tennis legend Martina Navratilova as well as 8 of the top 16 players in the world.
Agencies photos from third round of Canada open are fresh in our Photo section. Stay tuned as we expect to get exclusive photos from our correspondent from Toronto very soon.
Profile of 11th ranked Elena Dementieva of Russia will be next to challenge Dokic. This year in Hong Kong Jelena blasted Dementiva off the court with 3 sets won:
AT&T Cup, Toronto, Canada, August 13-19, 2001
week Jelena had the best practice before the US Open. She played a couple of
great matches in Toronto and showed that she'd not be a piece of cake for those
highest ranked players in the US Open. Her form and games on hard courts are
soaring each game she plays. Hard courts of Canada Open were the best test for
Jelena to see where she stands and what she should expect in the US Open
championship. Certainly she should expect a lot, judging by what she showed in
Toronto. Two dignified wins and today's headache that she gave to the hottest
player of Canada Open (Monica Seles) would not leave any of her future opponents
serene. In today's interview Monica Seles admitted that Jelena was her toughest
opponent. This is what she said: "Coming in here, I have played every
single day and to play a tough match against Jelena where I had to move a lot
side to side and then again Justine it was very tough and I wasn't sure if I
could do it. I was kind of proud of myself that I toughed it out out
there". Jelena has indeed moved her a lot, Monica was one second on one
corner of the court and another second on the other corner of the court. Indeed,
Jelena was a better player today, she won more points than Monica did. Jelena's
concentration weekend in the first set at the score of 3-3. In the second set
Jelena gave Monica a lot of problems and Monica struggled to keep it up. Monica
was very lucky with those balls which hit the top of the net and somehow fell
into Jelena's court. I did not count them but there was for sure 5 of those
lucky points for Monica. They were really cheap points. Jelena did not have a
single point like that. Jelena's serve was much better than against Petrova, she
did not make that many double faults as when she played Petrova. Yes, she made
double faults against Monica,but fewer than vs. Petrova. She needs to improve
her serve a lot if she thinks about being the best player in the world. That's
Photo section updated. Stay tuned for tomorrow report about next tournament and for Monday rankings update.
Rogers AT&T Cup – Toronto friday
After spending half a day at Canada Open waiting to see Jelena's game I finally returned home. Rain was pouring from 12:00 until about 20:00 when it suddenly stopped. As happy as small kids, Canada Open organizers hopped to dry the Central court. They managed to do that in about 45 minutes. The stadium was full of people, west side of the stands was covered with Serbian flags. Everybody was waiting for Jelena and Monica to appear on the court. All the sudden Capriati and Prakusya entered the court. Visibly sad, group of Yugoslavians started leaving the stands. Not much time has passed when rain started again. It rained cats and dogs. Finally, an official speaker announced that the tournament is definitely canceled for today and asked people to head towards the main gate. Jelena is going to play tomorrow at the Central court at 10:00 am. If she wins she will play her next game tomorrow vs. Justine Henin. So, if we are lucky tomorrow it might happen to see Jelena twice in a day. When I was waiting today at Canada Open I frequently went to update you on news about the rain and Jelena's match. I did not know how to kill my time, most of it I spent on the internet. Tomorrow I'm leaving home early in the morning to watch Jelena versus Monica. I will cheer for Jelena the same way I did on Monday versus Petrova. AJDE JELENA (C'mon Jelena) SVI U NAPAD (Everybody let's attack)
I have spent the whole day at Canada Open today and eventually got home at 22:00. I saw Jelena's match today against Serna and it was quite boring and without any competition. Quality between Jelena and Serna was very obvious. Jelena did an amazing job in the first set where she demolished Serna 6-1. In the second set Jelena again demolished Serna and at the score of 5-0 Jelena made a few errors that cost her 4 games. Nobody at the stadium was worried because, as I said, the quality between these two players was obvious. Barely has Jelena sweated in this match. At one moment I thought that Jelena was making errors on purpose. She was having fun out there and I thought that she wanted this match to last longer, you know, because of all the fun she had. I took 24 pictures of her today and I'll probably develop them tomorrow. One thing that I noticed was that there was many people with photo cameras today taking photos of Jelena. She looked georgeous. There was not too many spectators at the stadium (court one), maybe 150 people. There was maybe 30 % yugoslavians. We did not cheer for Jelena that much, simply because there was no need for it. Yeah, we supported Jelena couple of times by yelling all those, well known, slogans. Yeah, she played an excellent game and tomorrow she will show all what she knows versus Monika. The game is going to be played on the Central court at 13:00 Toronto time, which is 19:00 Belgrade time. I won't be able to watch it because I must go to work. I missed my work today only to go to watch Jelena against Serna. I can't do it again. Wish Jelena good luck tomorrow and if she beats Monika then I'll see her on Friday and give her my support for sure. Lets go Jeco, beat Monika and see you on Friday then.
Next on the road is Monica Selez. She will be hard job but Jelena can do that.
Sarasota, Florida, USA
It's 23:30 and I've just returned from Canada Open. Unlike yesterday, today I was more lucky and saw Jelena play against N.Petrova. Jelena won by 2:1 in sets. The result was 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1. My boss let me go earlier from the office and I got to York University around 16:00. Knowing that players practice before their games I went to those practicing courts to check out if Jelena was training. As I learned that Jelena was not practicing at those courts where public acces is allowed I went to the central court to check out for tickets. They had several tickets for lower seats and I took one close to the court, right behind Jelena's chair. Once I was inside those main courts I went to the place in front of a central court where players enter. There was a huge crowd of people waiting to get autographs and to take pictures of Jelena and Petrova. As I was waiting there it seemed like an eternityIeternity for me. Eventually, Jelena and Petrova appeared and headed towards the center court. I set my photo camera to take a picture, but it somehow got stuck and I wasn't able to do it. The only thing that I could do was to yell in serbian "let's go Jelena". After that I went to buy one more photo camera film and then I went to the stands and found my little place close to the court. The stands were almost full of people and not many seats were left free. My friend also came with me and helped me a lot to support Jelena. There were very many Serbians on the central court and we gave Jelena the best support when she needed it the most. The game was very interesting from the begining. The first set went to a tie-break where Petrova took it 6-7(5). The second set was also a tough one but Jelena managed to win it 7-5. In the first two sets Jelena's serve was awful and she made many double faults, while on the other side Petrova's serve was much better and she had couple of aces (cheap points). In the third set Jelena showed everybody that she means the business and destroyed Petrova 6:1. The other thing that I have to complain about Jelena is that she did not go to the net at all, she was just playing from the base line and never went to the net to attack Petrova fiercely. Anyways, she crashed her in the third set and we will see her in the second round on Wednesday against Magui Serna of Spain. I will be at the stadium if the game is after 17:00. As I said, there were many Yugoslavians rooting for Jelena. At one moment in the third set, we all started to yell in serbian "Let's go Jelena", Finish her off", "Choke her", "Jelena", etc. That gave Jelena much needed boost and she turned her jet engines on to demolish Petrova 6-1. After the game was finished I realized that my voice was totally cracked. Barely could I speak. I was yelling and supporting Jelena as good as I could. I even argued with some people on the stands because they were complaining about the noise I was making. I told them to go home if they did not come to root for Jelena. I told them many more things because I was really mad at everyone who just came to watch the game without giving their support to either player. I hate those guys who just come to tennis matches to sit. Jelena needed our support and we gave it to her when she needed the most. When the game was done me and my friend went to those areas where players lounge (did not go inside, but we were close to them). And you guess what happened ? You would never guess? My friend was telling me some stories from his work place when he ,at one moment, stopped and said " Is that Jelena behing you back". I immediately turned around and was amazed to see Jelena 10 meters from us talking on a cell-phone. She was alone and we were alone as well. I guess she was talking on the phone to her father and I did not want to cut it out just to get her attention. I decided to wait until she is finished with her cell-phone conversation. I grabed my photo camera and then I realized that I ran out of my film. 5 seconds after that she went around the corner still talking on the phone. She never returned after. I can't express my disappointment, I still feel it. Badly disappointed, me and my friend went to watch the last match of the day. It was getting cold at that time and we took off. I took around 35 pictures of Jelena and I can't tell how they are going to be before the film is developed. I'll try to develop them ASP and I'll send it to you Ljubisa. I also recorded some portions of the match on my camcorder. That'll be all for today. I will probably go to York University tomorrow to see if Jelena practices and I'll be there on Wednesday. I just pray she plays in the evening.
I've just returned from the York University where Canada Open is being held. Unfortunately, I was late to see Jelena practicing today. Anyhow, I came to York University around 15:30 and went to those courts where players practice. I was looking and asking tournament stuff for Jelena's whereabouts but got no information until around 18:00 when I met one man who works as a tournament stuff beside those practicing courts (he takes care of players who practice at those courts, maintains the schedule of practices, makes sure that players arrive and leave on time, etc). Actually, that man was Serbian and we spoke in Serbian language. He told me that he spoke to Jelena and her mother around 9:00 in the morning when she trained. He showed me the schedule for practice and told me that Jelena trained 3 times today . She trained two times at those practicing courts that he monitors (public access allowed) and one time at those practicing courts where public access is not allowed. She trained at 9:00, 11:00 and 15:30. He told me that she prolonged one of her practices for an hour because she wanted to practice hard. He also spoke to her mother Ljiljana. Jelena also told him that Damir did not come to Toronto because he does not like to travel a lot, especially by air planes (he is scared or something). So, Jelena is accompanied only by her mother Ljiljana in Toronto. She will play tomorrow against Petrova and it is the 4th match of the day. I do not know when it will start, but my guess is around 16:00. That is too bad for me, because I work until 16:30 and probably won't be able to see it Unless there is some significant delay tomorrow From my work place to the courts is about 10 minutes by a car and I hope that I'll be there on time for Jelena's match. I'll probably ask my boss to leave the work earlier, so I could make it on time. We will see tomorrow. I saw Navratilova, Amanda Coetzer and Iroda Tulyaganova practicing today. I video taped Navratilova's and Amanda's practices. I also took several close range photo shots of Amanda. Amanda was practicing very hard and it seems that she is very determined to go far at Canada Open. Navratilova was just fooling around and seems immature. Iroda was also training hard. I've also seen two matches in doubles. Anyways, there is a sad feeling left in me because I did not see Jelena practicing. I could have had a great chance to talk to her and take a couple of good photos. I will for sure see her this week when she plays in the evening (after my work). I will go there each day after I finish work and hope that I'll see her. There were many Yugoslavs around tennis courts today, which means that we are ready for Jelena. That's it for now, I'll update you what's gonna happen tomorrow.
By Oliver Miners
By Ljubisa Bojic
After lost in singles competition Dokic was finally ousted from Estyle open with her partner Anne-Gaelle Sidot against Nicole Arendt / Caroline Vis 7-5, 3-6, 6-7 (6).
Despite last lost in Los Angeles there is strong possibility for Jelena to be No. 15 in singles and No. 16 in doubles tomorrow.
Next on the schedule is Rogers and AT&T Canada Cup which is an high class tier 1 tournament that will be held from 13th to 19th August 2001 in Toronto, Canada on hard surface. Official ball of the competition is Wilson, stadium center court capacity is 10,000 seats. Reward is $1,200,000 U.S. in prize money. Singles winner gets $178,000 U.S. and doubles winner will earn: $ 55,000 U.S. Main draw size of Canada open is 56 singles and 28 doubles teams. Venue of competition is National Tennis Center, York University.
Jelena who will be probably 15th seeded next week will face Nadia Petrova of Russia for first time in her career in the opening round of Toronto tournament. Dokic should use her experience and give maximum effort in order to gain some important points and be seeded at USA open. She was lucky this time because on her side of draw there are some powerful names like Serena, Seles, Henin and Rubin but not so powerful as Hingis, Capriati, Davenport. At the pretty early stages of the tournament, as early as a second round she will meet Leon Garcia or Serna, third round Selez. Jelena's first match should be easy but we all know how fast things can go wrong. Nadia's record here:
June 8, 1982
History of last ten titles winners of Canadian open: In 2000 and 1999 Martina Hingis won Toronto title. Monica Selez did it 4 times in: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995. Before that the winners were: A. Sanchez Vicario, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati.
Tournament profile from official web site of The Rogers AT&T Cup
Since 1892, the most accomplished women's tennis players on our planet have showcased their skills on Canadian courts. Only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open have longer histories than the major Canadian stop, which is acknowledged by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments in the world.
One of the nine Tier I tournaments on the Sanex WTA Tour,
the Rogers AT&T Cup offers $1.2 million in prize money and attracts the
stars of women's tennis. Martina Hingis, who ended Monica Seles's sensational
streak of four straight Canadian crowns in 1999, successfully defended her title
by defeating Serena Williams in the 2000 final in Montreal. Chris Evert, Martina
Navratilova, Steffi Graf and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario are multiple winners on the
champions list of the tournament, which alternates annually between Toronto and
of the Players:
Poll and Quiz updates:
In New quiz of the month you need to answer 3 questions: 1. What is Jelena’s racquet? 2. Where did Jeca win her first Career title? 3. What is Dokic’s height? go now...
New question of the week is: What is the deciding factor in matches played by Jelena Dokic??? You can choose between motivation, concentration and Physical (fit and form) factors. You can find both quiz of the month and question of the week on the right side of front page.
Latest result fro Estyle open which is held in Los Angeles, USA
By Ljubisa Bojic
Last month, after Wimbledon 2001-, which is unofficial world championatship Jelena, was traveling from one old-continent-city to another. She had some great practice as she played many matches against different opponents. Some were too hard for her. What is most important is that Jelena have learned lots of staff on mistakes in these matches. That is valuable experience that she could use in the future including New York US open where we shall see some great action.
actual news are that Jelena Dokic was beaten in 3 sets thriller on center court
yesterday from 34-year-old Nathalie Tauziat of France 6-0, 0-6, 6-2. That's how
Estyle open was finished for Yugoslav in third-round action. In the doubles
competition Dokic rolled to seacond round with partner Sidot as they won match
against Krizan/Katarina Srebotnik 6/1 6/4. In the second round will
tomorrow face Nicole Arendt and Caroline Vis. Photo
gallery is updated with one latest off-court photo from Los Angeles. Other
yesterday results are:
(7) Elena Dementieva (RUS)
d (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6/4 6/4
By Ljubisa BojicJelena cursed in to the third round of Los Angeles Estyle open winning easy match against Marlene Weingartner of Germany 6-2, 6-1. Next on the program is almost sure Nathalie Tauziat of France who will try to cut rhythm and interrupt game of Yugoslav, tomorrow. LA is simply crazy on young Yugoslav tennis player and she gets many new fans every day. Her style of game, the way she behaves herself both on court and off court attracts just everybody this days in sunny Hollywood city, local broadcasting network reported.
Second good news is: Ranking section is updated and as we predicted Jelena is now 16th (she was 20th last week) tennis player in the world in singles with 1476.00 rank points, 491.00 Qual points and 24 tours. In doubles Jelena is one place up from 19th to 18th with 1407.00 rank points, 242.00 Qual. points and 22 tours.
Jelena's next opponent is Nathalie Tauziat or Tamarine Tanasugarn as she will face winner of that match:
Jelena's doubles partner for first time is Anne Gaelle, Sidot. Info on her:
By Ljubisa Bojic
After relative good period in her tennis career, Jelena continues her aggressive tactic: one tournament per week before USA open. Next, she will play Aug. 5-12 in the Los Angeles Estyle Open at the Manhattan Country Club where 48 singles players (the top 16 seeds receive a bye) and 16 doubles teams will compete for $565,000 in prize money. The defending champion is Serena Williams who will try for three wins in a row as she defends her title again at the Estyle open. This event can be watched at NBC if you live in America or at Eurosport if you live in Europe.
An Estyle Open singles and doubles draw is available. As 11th seed, Jelena got 1st. round bye. In the second round, she will meet either Malene Weingartner ranked 42 in the world who defeated Elena Bovina 7-5, 5-7, 6-3. There is strong possibility of meeting Tauziat in 3rd.round and Kim Clijsters at quarter finales. After the Estyle open that starts today in Los Angeles, Jelena goes to the Toronto Canada open August 13th, New Heaven August 20th and the New York US OPEN August 27. Please contact me if you go to see Jelena at some of these tournaments and you can help me about the photos.
At Monday second round matches start at 10AM local pacific time (6PM GMT 7 PM Yug). It is 4th match on center court when Jelena will face Malene Weingartner. In doubles, Jelena Dokic / Anne-Gaelle Sidot team will play against Tina Krizan / Katarina Srebotnik.
By Ljubisa Bojic
It is time for Jelena Dokic to relax and prepare for next challenges(tournaments) before greatest one- USA open. After lost in second round from Capriati Jelena should go to her house in Florida to prepare herself both physically and mentally for the greatest challenge in this year, after Wimbledon and French open, New York city US open. Tomorrow we shall talk about next tournaments and how rankings will work for Dokic. Now, here is one relaxing article of July / August 2001 issue of TENNIS magazine written by Stephen Tignor with title Working out with Jelena Dokic that reviles how to be in fit and shape
'When it gets close to a tournament, we'll up the fitness part of Jelena’s routine,' says Nishihara. 'The day will start with cardio work, then strength training. We do a lot of running drills on the court as well.'
In a drill designed to sharpen reflexes, Nishihara will stand between the service line and the baseline, with Dokic closer to the net, facing him. Nishihara will toss a 'reaction ball'(a ball with bumps on its surface that causes it to bounce unpredictably) in the air. Dokic has to catch it on one bounce two times, then on two bounces twice. Then she’ll face the other way, and Nishihara will throw the ball over her head; she has to catch it on one bounce two times. Dokic finishes by throwing the ball up herself. It must go above her head, and she has to catch it on one bounce three consecutive times before they can quit.
Your turn: If you don’t have a partner to work with, try throwing
the reaction ball above your head and catching it first on one bounce, then on two bounces, as
many times in a row as you can. Nishihara says the record on his court for
catching it on one bounce is 57 straight times!
For extra resistance and to get Dokic focusing on her running form, Nishihara has her run with a harness wrapped around her waist. To begin, Dokic runs in place, kicking her knees high and pumping her arms. 'This is so she has good running form before she begins moving forward,' Nishihara explains. 'Then I have her take off at top speed for 20 yards, keeping that form. It’s important for her to keep her arms moving quickly after she begins running. She does six repetitions, resting for 20 seconds between each. The harness makes every step tough.'
Your turn: Imitate Dokic’s workout, keeping your rest time down to 20 seconds between reps (about how much time you’ll have between points in a match). Whether you’re harnessed or not, it’s important to keep your knees high and your arms pumping throughout a sprint to reach maximum speed.
By Ljubisa Bojic
Jelena Dokic was leading 3-1 in early phase of the second round match against Jennifer Capriati ranked number two in a world. Capriati rallied from 3-1 and took 5-3 lead. Winning first set Jennifer hit 107 mph serve, which Dokic returned into the net. Dokic was out of her game style and ryhhm and did not manage to regain it until end of the match. IN second set, Jennifer Capriati took 4-0 lead and won it in 23 minute. Complete 6-4, 6-2 match length was 64 minutes. Dokic which this is first career appearance in the $565,000 Acura Tennis Classic was eliminated from singles competition with 0-2 negative record against Capriati. Dokic's 2001 match records stands now 26-14.
In the doubles competition Dokic did not have luck also. (4)CLIJSTERS/SUGIYAMA (BEL/JPN) rolled into the 6-3, 6-1 victory over Dokic/Tarabini(YUG/ARG)
Photo section is updated with latest photos from Acura Tennis Classic
By Ljubisa Bojic
US department of state slowed internet connections around globe because of viruses distributed by hackers. That's why we did not post good news just after the Jelena Dokic versus Jana Kandarr of Germany match was finished. It was not easy job for Dokic who did manage to overcome Kandarr with 7-6(1), 7-6 win at yesterdays third round match in San Diego, CA. In doubles Jelena Dokic/Patricia Tarabini (YUG/ARG) defeated Tina Krizan/Nicole Pratt (SLO/AUS) 6/7(6) 7/6(4) 7/6(0).
Daja Bedanova (CZE) d (13) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
(ESP) 6/1 6/4
By Ljubisa Bojic
That job should be success and it is against Jelena's ex-doubles partner Jana Kandarr herself today in sunny California city. However, I beleive we shall not read so many stories about Jelena because all focus of the press is on Anna Kournikova who returns after injury; therefore we are going to dig something about Yugoslav superstar. Jana Kandarr defeated Janette Husarova in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Eve Dominkovic was beaten by Monica Selez 3-6, 4-6. 3rd seeded Jenny kid will play against Shinobu Asagoe who def. Anne-Gaelle Sidot 6-2, 6-3. Jennifer Capriati is the tennis player that Dokic can face in 3rd round. But we are sure Jelena can overcome her.
It is just important for Dokic to enter top 15tn before US open. We know she can do that. C'mon Jelena !!!
You have noticed some changes on our web site in many aspects. I hope you like it and that changes can provide up better coverage of Jelena's matches. There is possibility to have live reports and fresh photos from Canadian open.
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