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Thursday 30 August. 2001- Serve was on Jelena's side this time 

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:

Jelena Dokic, of Yugoslavia, returns to Lilia Osterloh, of the USA, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001. Dokic won 6-3, 6-3. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) No. 14 seed Jelena Dokic (YUG) went up against Adriana Serra-Zanetti (ITA) taking her first round match through three sets.
Photo by Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT

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.

Residence: Andorra
Birthdate: December 18, 1971
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Height: 5' 6 1/2" (1.69 m)
Weight: 123 lbs. (56 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (June 1985)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 29
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 61
Grand Slam titles: 4 singles, 6 doubles, 4 mixed doubles
WINNER: Porto, Madrid
QUARTERFINALIST: Hamburg, German Open, Italian Open
THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells

Wednesday August 29 results: Singles second round:
(3)Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. Emilie Loit (FRA) 6-0 6-2
Daja Bedanova (CZE) d. Silvija Talaja (CRO) 6-1 6-3
(27)Angeles Montolio (ESP) d. Miriam Oremans (NED) 6-2 6-1
Martina Sucha (SVK) d. Eva Bes (ESP) 6-2 6-3
(10)Serena Williams (USA) d. Denisa Chladkova (CZE) 6-1 6-1
(6)Justine Henin (BEL) d. Patty Schnyder (SUI) 6-7(7) 6-1 6-4
(12)Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d. Asa Carlsson (SWE) 7-6(4) 6-3
(21)Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-4 2-6 6-4
(Q)Barbara Schwartz (AUT) d. Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-1 7-6(4)
Miroslava Vavrinec (SUI) d. Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) 7-5 4-6 6-2
(1)Martina Hingis (SUI) d. Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) 6-0 6-2
Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d. (Q)Rachel McQuillan (AUS) 6-1 7-5
(20)Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) d. Ai Sugiyama (JPN) 6-3 6-2
Iva Majoli (CRO) d. Barbara Rittner (GER) 6-4 7-5
(14)Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. Lilia Osterloh (USA) 6-3 6-3
(7)Monica Seles (USA) d. (Q)Evgenia Koulikovskaya (RUS) 6-1 6-4

Doubles first round:
Mandula / Wartusch (HUN/AUT) d. Carlsson / Maleeva (SWE/BUL) 6-4 Ret.
Coetzer / McNeil (RSA/USA) d. (6)Arendt / Vis (USA/NED) 4-6 6-3 6-4
(4)Po-Messerli / Tauziat (USA/FRA) d. DeVilliers / Selyutina (RSA/KAZ) 6-3 4-6 6-1
Gagliardi / Tu (SUI/USA) d. (11)Pratt / Tatarkova (AUS/UKR) 6-4 7-5
(15)A.Huber / Schett (GER/AUT) d. Bes / Domingues Lino (ESP/ESP) 6-2 6-3
Testud / Vinci (FRA/ITA) d. McShea / Miyagi (AUS/JPN) 3-6 6-3 7-5
(2)Ruano Pascual / Suarez (ESP/ARG) d. Embry / Spears (USA/USA) 6-3 6-2
(9)Williams / Williams (USA/USA) d. Casoni / Kruger (ITA/RSA) 6-3 6-0
(WC)Bradley / Burdette (USA/USA) d. Boogert / Oremans (NED/NED) 4-6 6-4 6-4
(1) Raymond / Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Cortez / Riera (BRA/ESP) 6-1 6-0
Frazier / Schlukebir (USA/USA) d. (12)Martinez / Medina Garrigues (ESP/ESP) 4-6 6-3 6-2
Capriati / Hingis (USA/SUI) d. Grant / Osterloh (RSA/USA) 6-1 6-3
(3)Black / Likhovtseva (ZIM/RUS) d. Matevzic / Zaric (SLO/YUG) 6-2 6-0
Dechy / Mauresmo (FRA/FRA) d. Plischke / Pullin (AUT/GBR) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Dominikovic / Irvin (AUS/USA) d. Hiraki / Jidkova (JPN/RUS) 4-6 6-4 6-2
Husarova / Dementieva (SVK/RUS) d. (14)Loit / Sidot (FRA/FRA) 6-2 6-3
(10)Krizan / Srebotnik (SLO/SLO) d. DeLone/Ellwood (USA/AUS) 5-7 6-3 6-3
Huber/Montalvo (RSA/ARG) d. Dyrberg/Marosi-Aracama (DEN/HUN) 6-1 6-2
(WC)Laiho/Lehnhoff (USA/USA) d. (WC)Harkleroad/Mattek (USA/USA) 6-2 7-5

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Tuesday 28 August. 2001- First round win in New York

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  

Yugoslavia's Jelena Dokic returns to Italy's Adriani Serra-Zanetti during first-round-play at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 27, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Residence: Canal Winchester, Ohio, USA
Birthdate: April 7, 1978
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
Weight: 132 lbs. (60 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (August 1997)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 1
QUARTERFINALIST: Auckland, Oklahoma City, Stanford
THIRD ROUND: Wimbledon, Miami
QUARTERFINALIST: Italian Open (w/Schlukebir)

US Open - Monday results: Singles first round:
(1)Martina Hingis (SUI) d. (WC)Laura Granville (USA) 6-2 6-0
Barbara Rittner (GER) d. (29)Amy Frazier (USA) 6-1 6-2
Iva Majoli (CRO) d. Tatiana Panova (RUS) 6-1 6-1
(Q)Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) d. (WC)Amber Liu (USA) 6-3 6-3
Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 7-5 6-3
Rachel McQuillan (AUS) d. (26)Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-3 7-5
Miroslava Vavrinec (SUI) d. (31)Cristina Torrens Valero (ESP) 2-6 6-1 6-1
(21)Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) d. (Q)Tatiana Perebiynis ((UKR) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-1
(6)Justine Henin (BEL) d. Marissa Irvin (USA) 6-3 6-3
Asa Carlsson (SWE) d. Nuria Llagostera (ESP) 6-0 6-4
Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. (WC)Ansley Cargill (USA) 7-6(4) 6-3
(3)Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. Andrea Glass (GER) 6-2 6-3
(20)Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) d. Petra Mandula (HUN) 6-3 3-6 7-6(5)
Miriam Oremans (NED) d. Zsofia Gubacsi (HUN) 6-4 4-6 6-3
(27)Angeles Montolio (ESP) d. Gloria Pizzichini (ITA) 6-1 6-7(4) 6-1
Tatiana Poutchek (BLR) d. Anne Kremer (LUX) 6-0 6-2
Patty Schnyder (SUI) d. Rossana DeLosRios (PAR) 6-4 6-1
Daja Bedanova (CZE) d. Joannette Kruger (RSA) 6-1 6-2
Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (Q)Alexandra Fusai (FRA) 6-4 6-7(3) 6-2
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) 6-4 5-7 6-4
(Q)Barbara Schwartz (AUT) d. (13)Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 1-6 6-4 6-4
Martina Sucha (SVK) d. (Q)Roberta Vinci (ITA) 7-6(4) 6-1
(Q)Eva Bes (ESP) d. (23)Magui Serna (ESP) 6-3 6-1
(7)Monica Seles (USA) d. Nicole Pratt (AUS) 6-1 6-2
Lilia Osterloh (USA) d. (Q)Marie-Gaiane Mikaelian (SUI) 6-4 6-3
(14)Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. Adriana Serra-Zanetti (ITA) 6-2 3-6 6-3

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Monday 27 August. 2001- US open 2001

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. 

Court 11 - 11:00 AM Start
 1. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
  Nicolas Kiefer (GER)[29] vs. Rainer Schuettler (GER)  
 2. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
  Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)[20] vs. Petra Mandula (HUN)  
 3. Women's Singles - 1st Rnd.
  Adriana Serra-Zanetti (ITA) vs. Jelena Dokic (YUG)[14]  
 4. Men's Singles - 1st Rnd.
  Stefan Koubek (AUT) vs. Andrew Ilie (AUS)

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. 

country  Italy
Birth Date:   5 March, 1976
Birthplace:   Modena, Italy
Residence:   Modena, Italy
Height:   5 ft. 3 in. ( 1.6 meters )
Weight:   129 lbs. ( 58.6 kilos )
Plays:   Right
Current Singles Rank:   100
Current Doubles Rank:   280
High rank for singles:   67
High rank date for singles:   30 October, 1995
High rank for doubles:   164
High rank date for doubles:   27 July, 1998
Career matches won:   32
Career matches lost:   62
Year to date matches won:   5
Year to date matches lost:   9
Career prize money:  $ 371,815
Year to date prize money for singles:  $ 45,451
Year to date prize money for doubles:  $ 1,721

Players are seeded this way:

1. G. Kuerten 1. M. Hingis
 2. A. Agassi  2. J. Capriati
 3. M. Safin  3. L. Davenport
 4. L. Hewitt  4. V. Williams
 5. J. Ferrero  5. K. Clijsters
 6. P. Rafter  6. J. Henin
 7. Y. Kafelnikov  7. M. Seles
 8. S. Grosjean  8. A. Mauresmo
 9. T. Henman  9. N. Tauziat
 10. P. Sampras  10. S. Williams
 11. A. Corretja  11. E. Dementieva
 12. A. Clement  12. M. Shaughnessy
 13. R. Federer  13. A. Coetzer
 14. T. Johansson  14. J. Dokic
 15. G. Ivanisevic  15. M. Maleeva
 16. T. Haas  16. S. Farina Elia
 17. C. Moya  17. A. Huber
 18. A. Roddick  18. S. Testud
 19. T. Enqvist  19. B. Schett
 20. J. Gambill  20. A. Sanchez-Vicario

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.

Pilot Pen Tennis - New Haven, CT
(3)Venus Williams (USA) d. (1)Lindsay Davenport (USA) 7-6(6) 6-4

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Sunday 26 August. 2001- Jelena and Petrova into finals

By Milan

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."

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Friday 24 August. 2001- Dokic lost match against the best player on the tour 

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.

(Pilot Pen, New Haven, CT) Jelena Dokic signs autographs


(Pilot Pen, New Haven, CT) Jelena Dokic makes an appearance at a party for the winners of a YMCA charity auction.


Jennifer Capriati returns a shot to Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia, in the first set of their quarterfinal singles match at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn., on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Aug 23, 12:10 PT
Jennifer Capriati of Wesley Chapels, Fla., returns a forehand to Jelena Dokic in a quarterfinal singles match at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn., Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001. Capriati defeated Dokic, 6-4, 6-3. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Aug 23, 12:08 PT


Pilot Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT USA, Thursday results:
Singles Quarterfinals:
(2)Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. Jelena Dokic (YUG) 6-4 6-3
(4)Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (7)Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 6-2 6-2
Farina Elia/Oremans lead Majoli/Nagyova 4-2 (first set) 

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Thursday 23 August. 2001- It is time for show 

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 Dokic of Yugoslavia, concentrates on the ball as she gets ready to return a shot to Lisa Raymond during the second round at the Pilot Pen tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn., Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Jelena played Jennifer Capriati two times- in May and August 2001- and lost both matches. 

Residence: Saddlebrook, Florida, USA
Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 8 1/2" (1.74 m)
Weight: 134 lbs. (61 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (March 5, 1990)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 12 (includes 1 Olympics)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 1
Grand Slam titles: 2 singles

WINNER: Australian Open, Roland Garros; Charleston
FINALIST: Oklahoma City, Miami, German Open
SEMIFINALIST: Charleston (w/Sanchez-Vicario)
QUARTERFINALIST: Scottsdale (w/Seles)
THIRD ROUND: Roland Garros (w/Sugiyama)

Pilot Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT USA, Wednesday results:
Singles second round:
(7)Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) d. (Q)Kveta Hrdlickova (CZE) 6-1 7-6(3)
(2)Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. Anke Huber (GER) 0-6 6-3 6-2)
(5)Justine Henin (BEL) d. Barbara Schett (AUT) 6-3 6-2
Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. Lisa Raymond (USA) 6-3 6-0
Singles Quarterfinals:
(1)Lindsay Davenport (USA) d. (6)Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 6-4 6-4
Doubles first round:
Liezel Huber/Laura Montalvo (RSA/ARG) d. Daniela Hantuchova/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (SVK/ESP) 6-1 6-2
(3)Kimberly Po-Messerli/Nathalie Tauziat (USA/FRA) d. (Q)Elena Dementieva/Anastasia Myskina
(RUS/RUS) 6-2 6-2
Silvia Farina-Elia/Miriam Oremans (ITA/NED) d. (1)Virginia Ruano Pascual/Paola Suarez (ESP/VEN) 7-5 6-3
Doubles quarterfinals:
Jelena Dokic/Nadia Petrova (YUG/RUS) d. Wynne Prakusya/Barbara Rittner (INA/GER) 6-3 7-5

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Tuesday 21 August. 2001- Dementieva on her knees

By Milan

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. 

Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia clenches her fist after setting up match point to upset eighth-seeded Elena Dementieva 4-6,7-5,6-4 after a rain delay during the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament at the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut.


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:

Residence: Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA
Birthdate: August 10, 1973
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 121 lbs. (55 kg)
Plays: Right-handed
Status: Pro (May 1993)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 2
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 23
Grand Slam titles: 2 doubles, 2 mixed doubles
QUARTERFINALIST: Sydney, Oklahoma City, Scottsdale, Madrid, Eastbourne
FOURTH ROUND: Indian Wells
THIRD ROUND: Wimbledon, Miami, Amelia Island, Charleston

Pilot Pen Tennis – New Haven, CT USA, Monday results, Singles first round:
Lisa Raymond (USA) d. (Q)Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-1 6-2
Barbara Schett (AUT) d. (Q)Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 7-6(6) 6-4
(Q)Anastasia Myskina (RUS) d. Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 6-3 7-5
Sandrine Testud (FRA) d. (WC)Laura Granville (USA) 6-4 6-3
(WC)Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) d. Paola Suarez (ARG) 7-6(4) 6-2
Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. (8)Elena Dementieva (RUS) 4-6 7-5 6-4

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Sunday 19 August. 2001- Pilot pen tennis tournament is the last warm up before big boom

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:

(1) Davenport, Lindsay USA (5) Henin, Justine BEL
Bye Qualifier
Qualifier Qualifier
Coetzer, Amanda RUS Schett, Barbara AUT
Farina Elia, Silvia ITA Testud, Sandrine FRA
Nagyova, Henrieta Granville, Laura USA
Maleeva, Magdalena BUL Bye
(6) Mauresmo, Amelie FRA (3) Williams, Venus USA
(4) Clijsters, Kim BEL (8) Dementieva, Elena RUS
Bye Dokic, Jelena YUG
Suarez, Paola ARG Raymond, Lisa USA
Sanchez Vicario, Arantxa ESP Qualifier
Qualifier Serna, Magui ESP
Qualifier Huber, Anke GER
Shaughnessy, Meghann USA Bye
(7) Tauziat, Nathalie FRA (2) Capriati, Jennifer USA

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. 

Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia tries in vain to hit a backhand return during her match against Monica Seles of the USA at the Rogers AT&T Cup Canadian Open tennis tournament at York University in Toronto, August 17, 2001. Seles won the match in two sets 6-3 7-6. REUTERS/Andrew Wallace
- Aug 17 3:41 PM ET
Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia reaches to return a backhand during her match against Monica Seles of the USA at the Rogers AT&T Cup Canadian Open tennis tournament at York University in Toronto, August 17, 2001. Seles won the match in two sets 6-3 7-6. REUTERS/Andrew Wallace
- Aug 17 2:16 PM ET
Jelena Dokic, of Yugoslavia, reacts during her 6-3, 7-6 (3) loss to Monica Seles, of the United States, during third round tennis action at the Rogers AT&T Cup in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 17, 2001. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)
- Aug 17 2:14 PM ET

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:

Residence: Moscow, Russia
Birthdate: October 15, 1981
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (August 25, 1998)
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 3
FINALIST: Acapulco
QUARTERFINALIST: Canberra, Nice, Indian Wells, Amelia Island
THIRD ROUND: Australian Open, Wimbledon
QUARTERFINALIST: Amelia Island (w/Dokic), 's-Hertogenbosch (w/Dokic)

Rogers AT&T Cup, Toronto, Canada, August 13-19, 2001
Singles Semifinals
No. 1 Jennifer Capriati (USA #3) d. No. 14 Anke Huber (GER #21) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
No. 4. Serena Williams (USA #10) d. No. 5 Monica Seles (USA #8) 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Doubles Semifinals
No. 5 K. Po-Messerli (USA)/N. Pratt (AUS) d. No. 2 C. Black (ZIM)/E. Likhovtseva (RUS) 7-6, 6-4
No. 9 T. Krizan (SLO)/K. Srebotnik (SLO)d. No. 7 M. Navratilova (USA)/A. Sanchez-Vicario (ESP)6-3, 2-6, 6-4

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Saturday 18 August. 2001- The best practice for the US Open

By Milan 

This 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 plain.
The match was really interesting. It lasted for one hour and forty minutes, fans really enjoyed it. The match was played at 10 o'clock in the morning and not many of Jelena fans were able to make it to the stadium to root for Jelena. 10 o'clock in the morning is ridiculous, 90 % of Jelena's fans were working and were not able to come to help Jelena. Yet, we did not disappoint. The west side of the stadium was covered with
serbian flags again, just as yesterday. Many of those Jelena's fans had Red Star and Partizan jerseys + "Serbia", "Red Star", "Jugoslavia" scarfs. They were cheering for Jelena constantly. I was close to them and I was cheering as well. AJMO JELENA, IDEMO JECO, etc. At the and of the game those guys started cheering "Jelena Dokic", "Jelena Dokic", "Jelena Dokic" followed by clapping. Jelena was probably disappointed with the loss and left the stadium as quickly as she could. At the exit corridor she delivered couple of autographs and disappeared. Yet, she received cheering and clapping as she was walking away. She deserved it. I took 28 photos of her today and I hope that I'll develop them tomorrow in a one hour developing shop. This is the end of Jelena's practices for US Open. I just wish her good luck and I just want to let her know that we will always be with her, wherever and whenever she plays.

AJMO JELENA- C'mon Jelena

IDEMO JECO- Let's go Jeco

Photo section updated. Stay tuned for tomorrow report about next tournament and for Monday rankings update. 

Match statistics 

Selez 6-3, 7-6 ( 7:3) Dokic
67% 1st serve percentage 57%
6 Aces 2
4 Double faults  8
28 Winner's   24
32 Unforced errors  40
4/18 Break points won 3/9


2-1 6-3, 0-0 6-3, 2-1
6-3, 6-6 6-3, 6-6 6-3, 7-6 ( 7:3)


Rogers AT&T Cup – Toronto friday results:

Singles third round:
(Q)Jennifer Hopkins (USA) d. (7)Amanda Coetzer (RSA) 6-4 6-3
(5)Monica Seles (USA) d. (10)Jelena Dokic (YUG) 6-3 7-6(3)
(9)Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d. Daja Bedanova (CZE) 6-4 6-4
(1)Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. (Q)Wynne Prakusya (INA) 7-6(2) 6-2
(4)Serena Williams (USA) d. (15)Barbara Schett (AUT) 3-6 6-3 6-2
(11)Sandrine Testud (FRA) d. (6)Elena Dementieva (RUS) 6-7(2) 7-5 7-6(4)
Singles Quarterfinals:
(14)Anke Huber (GER) d. (Q)Jennifer Hopkins (USA) 7-6(4) 6-3
(5)Monica Seles (USA) d. (2)Justine Henin (BEL) 1-6 6-2 6-2
(1)Jennifer Capriati (USA) d. (9)Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) 7-5 6-4
(4)Serena Williams (USA) d. (11)Sandrine Testud (FRA) 6-0 6-2
Doubles 2nd Round:
(7)Martina Navratilova/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (USA/ESP) d. Kveta Hrdlickova/Barbara Rittner (CZE/GER) 6-2 3-6 6-4
Doubles Quarterfinals:
(2)Cara Black/Elena Likhovtseva (ZIM/RUS) d. Daniela Hantuchova/Nadia Petrova (SVK/RUS) 5-7 6-2 6-4 
Tina Krizan/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO/SLO) d. Ai Sugiyama/Iroda Tulyaganova (JPN/UZB) 7-6(6) 7-5
(7)Martina Navratilova/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (USA/ESP) d. (1)Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs (USA/AUS) 6-3 6-2
(5)Kimberly Po-Messerli/Nicole Pratt (USA/AUS) d. Justine Henin/Meghann Shaughnessy (BEL/USA) 6-3 3-6 6-3

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Friday 17 August. 2001- The smell of victory lurks in the air

By Olly

The smell of victory lurks in the air like a strong scent of paint. Even
though we didn't see the wining shot, her facial statement tells it all.
Her focused eyes beaming into the distance like a predator ready to catch
it's prey. The darkness of her cheek bones shows she is not one with the
crowd. No rosy cheeks to suggest guilt, she will do anything to win this
Her fist like a hammer ready to crush the opposition. She means business
with no regrets. The Head racket in her other hand clearly shown to represent
the way tennis has influenced her life.
Her shirt and skirt tightly fitted to show how much pressure she is under
deep down inside. But the determination on her face shows very clearly like a
moonlight sky. Her hair very complicated and uneven. is this to show how
unpredictability on the court?

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Thursday 16 August. 2001-  Match delayed because of rain

By Milan 

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) 

Rogers AT&T Cup – Toronto, thursday results:

Singles third round:
(2)Justine Henin (BEL) d. Amy Frazier (USA) 6-3 6-2
(14)Anke Huber (GER) d. (3)Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) 6-3 6-3
Doubles second round:
Ai Sugiyama/Iroda Tulyaganova (JPN/UZB) d. (3)Nicole Arendt/Caroline Vis (USA/NED) 6-2 7-5

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Wednesday 15 August. 2001-  Jelena demolished Serna

By Milan 

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.

Residence: Sarasota, Florida, USA
Birthdate: December 2
, 1973
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Yugoslavia
Height: 5' 10 1/2" (1.79 m)
Weight: 154 lbs. (70 kg)
Plays: Left-handed (two-handed forehand and backhand)
Status: Pro (February 13, 1989)

Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 48
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 6
Grand Slam titles: 9 singles
WINNER: Oklahoma City
QUARTERFINALIST: Australian Open, Sydney
SEMIFINALIST: Australian Open (w/Hingis); Sydney (w/Hingis)
QUARTERFINALIST: Scottsdale (w/Capriati)


Wednesday results:
Singles second round:
(10)Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. Magui Serna (ESP) 6-1 6-4
(11)Sandrine Testud (FRA) d. Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG) 6-4 6-1
(4)Serena Williams (USA) d. Iva Majoli (CRO) 7-6(2) 6-1
(Q)Wynne Prakusya (INA) d. Meilen Tu (USA) 7-6(2) 4-6 6 3
(9)Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d. (LL)Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) 6-0 6-4
(3)Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) d. Elena Likhovtseva (RUS) 6-0 6-3
(7)Amanda Coetzer (RSA) d. Rita Grande (ITA) 6-2 6-3
(15)Barbara Schett (AUT) d. Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-3 6-2
Amy Frazier (USA) d. (16)Chanda Rubin (USA) 6-4 3-6 1-0 Ret (sprained ankle)
(14)Anke Huber (GER) d. (LL)Evie Dominikovic (AUS) 7-6(3) 6-1
(Q)Jennifer Hopkins (USA) d. Marlene Weingartner (GER) 4-6 6-3 7-5
(5)Monica Seles (USA) d. (Q)Marissa Irvin (UA) 6-3 6-2
Daja Bedanova (CZE) d. (8)Magdalena Maleeva (BUL) 6-4 7-6(4)

Doubles first round:
(7)Martina Navratilova/Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (USA/ESP) d. Iva Majoli/Henrieta Nagyova (CRO/SVK) 6-3 7-5

Doubles second round:
(9)Tina Krizan/Katarina Srebotnik (SLO/SLO) d. Emilie Loit/Irina Selyutina (FRA/KAZ) 6-3 6-2
(5)Kimberly Po-Messerli/Nicole Pratt (USA/AUS) d. Nana Miyagi/Lisa McShea (JPN/AUS) 2-6 6-1 6-2
Justine Henin/Meghann Shaughnessy (BEL/USA) d. Sandrine Testud/Roberta Vinci (FRA/ITA) 7-5 2 6-7-6(4)
(1)Lisa Raymond/Rennae Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Amanda Coetzer/Lori McNeil (RSA/USA) 6-4 6-4
Daniela Hantuchova/Nadia Petrova (SVK/RUS) d. Alexandra Fusai/Rita Grande (FRA/ITA) 6-2 4 6-6-2


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Tuesday 14 August. 2001- After awesome win Jelena is headed toward Toronto trophy

By Milan 

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.

In Wednesday Jelena will face Magui Serna who defeated G.Leon Garcia (ESP) in first round 7/5 1/6 6/3

Residence: Barcelona, Spain
Birthdate: March 1, 1979
Birthplace: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Height: 5' 5 3/4" (1.67 m)
Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
Plays: Left-handed
Status: Pro (1993)
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 6
FINALIST: Porto, Eastbourne
QUARTERFINALIST: Scottsdale, Madrid
THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells

Rogers AT&T Cup – Toronto. Monday results- Singles first round:

(Q)Marissa Irvin (USA) d. Henrieta Nagyova (SVK) 6-4 6-4
Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d. (Q)Selima Sfar (TUN) 6-1 6-3
Rita Grande (ITA) d. (WC)Lisa Raymond (USA) 1-6 6-4 6-2
Mariana Diaz-Oliva (ARG) d. (WC)Vanessa Webb (CAN) 3-6 7-5 6-1
(LL)Shinobu Asagoe (JPN) d. Elena Bovina (RUS) 6-7(2) 6-3 6-4
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q)Adriana Serra-Zanetti (ITA) 6-4 6-4
(LL) Evie Dominikovic (AUS) d. (WC)Maureen Drake (CAN) 6-1 7-6(3)
(Q)Jennifer Hopkins (USA) d. Nathalie Dechy (FRA) 7-5 7-5
(Q)Wynne Prakusya (INA) d. (Q)Irina Selyutina (KAZ) 6-2 6-4
Kveta Hrdlickova (CZE) d. (Q)Samantha Reeves (USA) 6-3 6-2
(14)Anke Huber (GER) d. Barbara Rittner (GER) 2-6 6-3 6-3
Magui Serna (ESP) d. Gala Leon Garcia (ESP) 7-5 1-6 6-3
Iva Majoli (CRO) d. (Q)Mashona Washington (USA) 6-1 4-6 7-5
(11)Sandrine Testud (FRA) d. Virginia Ruano Pascual (ESP) 3-6 6-3 6-4
(10)Jelena Dokic (YUG) d. Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-1T  

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Monday 13 August. 2001- Practice before show time 

By Milan 

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.

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Monday 13 August. 2001- Her hair like fire dancing in the night

By Oliver Miners 

      Her hair like fire dancing in the night. Dark and mysterious flowing from her head. The organised hair lines on her forehead gives us an impression of maturity. But deep inside her heart she is more determined than anyone is in the arena.
       Expressing no emotion on the court shown by her dark fixed eyes on the ball. The dark facial features on her face tell it all. The flicker of an eyebrow and an endless tunnel in her mouth. She in her own world now.
        The forward stance perfectly executed like a jungle cat ready to
launch a attack,noone can stop her now.
       Straining her Fila shirt, any moment now it will rip in two. Her hand griping the racket with a sense of victory looming in the air. Who could stop her now? 
Photo section update...

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Sunday 12 August. 2001- Next challenge is Nadia Petrova, Toronto, Canada 

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:

Birthdate: June 8, 1982
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5' 10 1/4" (1.78 m)
Weight: 143 lbs. (65 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (September 6, 1997)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 1
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 4
FOURTH ROUND: Roland Garros, Wimbledon
THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells, Italian Open

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 Montreal.

List of the Players:
Martina Hingis (1), Jennifer Capriati (2), Lindsay Davenport (3), Justine Henin (6), Amelie Mauresmo (7), Serena Williams (8), Elena Dementieva, Amanda Coetzer, Magdalena Maleeva, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Meghann Shaughnessy, Chanda Rubin, Sandrine Testud, Conchita Martinez, Anke Huber, Amy Frazier, Barbara Schett, Henrieta Nagyova, Anne Kremer, Patty Schnyder, Lina Krasnoroutskaya, Nathalie Dechy, Daja Bedanova, Cara Black, Marlene Weingartner, Nadia Petrova, Kristina Brandi, Rita Grande, Iva Majoli, Denisa Chladkova, Mariana Diaz-Oliva, Jana Kandarr, Gala Leon Garcia, Ai Sugiyama, Barbara Rittner

Draw for Canada open:

J.CAPRIATI [1] v bye
Q. v Q
bye v M.MALEEVA [8]
A.MAURESMO(FRA) [3] v bye
Bye v S.WILLIAMS [4]
Bye v A.COETZER [7]
M.SELES(USA) [5] v Bye
Bye v J.HENIN(BEL) [2]

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

Singles semifinals
(2) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d (5) Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) 6/1 6/2
Doubles semifinals
(3) Kim Po-Messerli/Nathalie Tauziat (USA/FRA) d Els Callens/Chanda Rubin (BEL/USA) 6/1 3/6 7/6(9)

Singles quarterfinals
(5) Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) d (3) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6/4 6/2
(1) Martina Hingis (SUI) d (12) Amy Frazier (USA) 6/2 6/3
(2) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d (7) Elena Dementieva (RUS) 5/7 6/4 6/2
(6) Monica Seles (USA) d (4) Serena Williams (USA) 6/2 3/6 7/6(2)
Doubles quarterfinal
(3) Kim Po-Messerli/Nathalie Tauziat d Leizel Huber/Laura Montalvo (RSA/ARG) 6/4 6/4


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Friday 10 August. 2001- Third round thriller on center court  

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.


But 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

(12) Amy Frazier (USA) d (LL) Wynne Prakusya (INA) 7/5 6/3

(5) Nathalie Tauziat (FRA) d (11) Jelena Dokic (YUG) 6/0 0/6 6/2

(3) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d Alicia Molik (AUS) 7/6(3) 6/3

(6) Monica Seles (USA) d (10) Sandrine Testud (FRA) 3/6 7/6(5) 6/4

(2) Cara Black/Elena Likhovtseva (ZIM/RUS) d Katie Schlukebir/Patricia Tarabini (USA/ARG) 6/3 6/1

Liezel Huber/Laura Montalvo (RSA/ARG) d Janet Lee/Wynne Prakusya (TPE/INA) 6/3 6/4

Nicole Arendt/Caroline Vis (USA/NED) d Jelena Dokic/Anne-Gaelle Sidot (YUG/FRA) 5/7 6/3 7/6(6)

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Tuesday 7 August. 2001- Good start yesterday in L.A.

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Jelena 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: 

Residence: Anglet, France
Birthdate: October 17, 1967
Birthplace: Bangui, Central African Republic
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Weight: 139 lbs. (63 kg)
Plays: Right-handed
Status: Pro
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 7
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 23
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 3

SEMIFINALIST: Paris Indoors, Strasbourg

Jelena's doubles partner for first time is Anne Gaelle, Sidot. Info on her:

Residence: Montlignon, France
Birthdate: July 24, 1979
Birthplace: Enghien-les-Bains, France
Height: 5' 7 3/4" (1.72 m)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Plays: Left-handed
Status: Pro (1994)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 2
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 7
WINNER: Nice (w/Loit)
SEMIFINALIST: Hobart (w/Callens), Hamburg (w/Tatarkova)
QUARTERFINALIST: Indian Wells (w/Loit)

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Monday 6 August. 2001- Estyle open, Los Angeles preview

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. 

Residence: Leimen, Germany
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Height: 5' 8 1/2" (1.74 m)
Weight: 123 lbs. (56 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro
Titles: 0
SEMIFINALIST: Auckland, Charleston
THIRD ROUND: Australian Open

Here, you can see singles draw:


Jana Kandarr
Lilia Osterloh

Tathiana Garbin
Evie Dominikovic


Janette Husarova

Tatiana Panova
Rita Grande



Jennifer Hopkins
Selima Sfar

Nicole Pratt
Shinobu Asagoe



Tu Meilen
Anne Kremer

Cory Ann Avants



Tamarine Tanasugarn

Marlene Weingartner
Elena Bovina



Alicia Molik
Mirjana Lucic

Ai Sugiyama
Cara Black



Kristina Brandi

Anne-Gaelle Sidot
Virginie Razzano



Daja Bedanova

Mariana Diaz-Oliva
Nadia Petrova

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Saturday 4 August. 2001- Working out with... Jelena Dokic

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  

Dokic only has eyes for the reaction ball.
Eighteen-year-old Jelena Dokic has had her share of distractions in her brief career, from her dad’s boorish behavior to a wavering allegiance between her native Yugoslavia and her adopted Australia. But one part of her life hasn’t been affected: her commitment to fitness. When she’s not competing at an event, Dokic works out at the Saddlebrook Resort, in Wesley Chapel, Fla., with trainer Mike Nishihara.

'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!

Mike Nishihara has his hands full harnessing her power.

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.

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Friday 3 August. 2001- Acura Tennis Classic dream is over

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

Jelena Dokic, of Yugoslavia, hits a forehand shot during her third-round match against Jennifer Capriati at the Acura Classic Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, in Carlsbad, Calif. Capriati won the match 6-4, 6-2.(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Jennifer Capriati hits a backhand shot during her third-round match against Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia at the Acura Classic Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001 in Carlsbad, Calif. Capriati won the match in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

4 more new photos...

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Thursday 2 August. 2001- Tough but hopefully Sententious match at Acura 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).

Next on Jelena's road to the success is probably so called Jenny the kid best tennis player in year 2001 or Shinobu Asagoe. But dont afraid Jennifer Capriati can be overcomed by Jelena. In that tough match Jelana should show her normal game today and make her rhythm. Statistics show that Jelena played just one match against her and that was inMay. 2001 on clay when Dokic lost. We hope that she can enter top 15tn this tournament. Other seacond round results are: 

Daja Bedanova (CZE) d (13) Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (ESP) 6/1 6/4
(Q) Alexandra Stevenson (USA) d (14)Amy Frazier (USA) 6/1 5/7 6/4
Ai Sugiyama (JPN) d (5) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6/3 6/3
(11) Meghann Shaughnessy (USA) d Anne Kremer (LUX) 6/7(4) 6/2 6/1
(4) Lindsay Davenport (USA) d (Q) Sandra Cacic (USA) 6/3 6/3
(8) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d Marlene Weingartner (GER) 6/3 6/3
(2) Venus Williams (USA) d Elena Bovina (RUS) 6/1 6/2

Residence: Saddlebrook, Florida, USA
Birthdate: March 29, 1976
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 8 1/2" (1.74 m)
Weight: 134 lbs. (61 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (March 5, 1990)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 12 (includes 1 Olympics)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 1
Grand Slam titles: 2 singles

WINNER: Australian Open, Roland Garros; Charleston
FINALIST: Oklahoma City, Miami, German Open
SEMIFINALIST: Charleston (w/Sanchez-Vicario)
QUARTERFINALIST: Scottsdale (w/Seles)
THIRD ROUND: Roland Garros (w/Sugiyama)

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Wednesday 1 August. 2001- Second round classic job in San Diego

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.

Residence: Munich, Germany
Birthdate: September 21, 1976
Birthplace: Halle, Germany
Height: 5' 11 1/4" (1.81 m)
Weight: 150 lbs. (68 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro
Singles Rank: 44

Head to Head: First meeting in singles
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 0


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