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ARCHIVE- JULY 2001

Monday 30 July. 2001- New rankings and tour details just out

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Ranking section is updated. After Sopot tournament Jelena is up on WTA tour for one place from 21st to 20th with 1441.00 points, but she will soon enter top 15en because she needs just 49 points that she could get in her next tournament. In doubles she is ranked 19tn and that's her highest ranking ever. At Acura classic opening round singles competition, Dokic will face winner of the match between Janette HusarovaPatricia Tarabini of Argentina and they will play against  Tina Krizan (SLO) and Nicole Pratt (AUS). 

2000 Acura Classic
Winner: Venus Williams
Prize Money: $535,000
La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA, USA
Television: FOX Network & Fox Sports Net

2001 Acura Classic
Winner: Unknown but, great chances for Jelena Dokic
Prize Money: $750,000
La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA, USA


Sunday 29 July. 2001- Acura Classic, San Diego, USA next on JD schedule

By Ljubisa Bojic 

As a preparation USA open period comes underway, Dokic will make her best game in San Diego where some of the top players have been committed to play. Jenifer Capriati, Martina Hingis, Monica Selez, Anna Kournikova, Shaughnessy, Dementieva, Tauziat, V.Williams, Davenport,  Schett, and Clijsters  are all included in great spectacle pack for spectators at San Diego's hot sun.  Schedule section is updated with info on Acura Tennis Classic which will be held from 30 July to August 5th. That's tier2a high class tournament on hard surface located in San Diego, CA, USA.

So every single player has hard draw. Jelena received bye in opening round and in the third round she can meet kid  Jennifer Capriati who is best player in year 2001 so far. Than, afterwards there is Monica Selez herself. But we all know Jelena can do that.

Quick remind on few facts of pre-USA open period until now, from just updated results section. After Wimbledon Jelena went to Vienna to play at the UNQA grand prix tournament. In opening round, she was defeated by Chaldakova. In a doubles she went all the way to semi-finales where she and her doubles partner Silvia Farina were defeated. Afterwards Jeca headed to Sopot, Poland where she played some very good matches and got to the singles semi-finales. She did not have luck in doubles.


Saturday 28 July. 2001- Bad day in Sopot for Dokic

By Ljubisa Bojic 

I taught Jelena will play against the defending champion Anke Huber. Probably it would be easy. Gala Leon Garcia of Spein defeated Huber 6:3 7:5. Also at today match, she managed to overcome Jelena Dokic who did not make her normal rhythm during the game. It was 3-6, 5-7. She went all the way to the semi-finales which is good. But, Jelena could do better. Tomorrow I shall tell you something more about her next tournament at Acura Classic in USA. Also we shall observe match in Sopot, Poland featuring Leon Garcia and Torrens Valero C. in finales.  

Gala Leon Garcia
Residence: Barcelona, Spain
Birthdate: December 23, 1973
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Height: 5' 4 1/4" (1.63 m)
Weight: 123 lbs. (56 kg)
Plays: Left-handed
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 1
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 6
2001 HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Italian Open


Friday 27 July. 2001- No illusions have been left for Diaz Oliva

By Ljubisa Bojic 

After free day for shopping and sightseeing in beautiful Sopot, Jelena Dokic cruised to semi-finales with 6-3, 6-3 victory over Diaz-Oliva M. Other quarterfinal  matches played today are: Poutchek T. was beaten by Farina Elia S. 6:4 6:3 who will face in semi-finales Torrens Valero C. who defeated Nagyova H.  1:6 6:0 6:2.

 

Yugoslav tennis star will face winner of a match between Anke Huber and Leon Garcia G. We think that will be Huber who has strong motive as she is a defending champion and will reportedly retire after Australian open 2001. Audience in Sopot will have chance to watch an exciting show tomorrow in this semi-finales match for sure. We know that will, confidence, and concentration should result with superiority and victory over Anke Huber of Germany. New photo on the right side added to photo gallery. Click to enlarge.

Residence: Salzburg, Austria
Birthdate: December 4, 1974
Birthplace: Bruchsal, Germany
Height: 5' 8 1/4" (1.73 m)
Weight: 128 lbs. (58 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (January 1989)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 12
2001 HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
FINALIST: Paris Indoors, Strasbourg
SEMIFINALIST: Nice
QUARTERFINALIST: Miami
FOURTH ROUND: Indian Wells


Thursday 26 July. 2001- From the start of the match Yugoslav has shown superiority

By Ljubisa Bojic 

After a lost doubles match in first round with partner Farina Elia against Dragomir Ilie R. and Vanc A. with result 6:7(5) 6:4 6:4, Yugoslav had her chances to better concentrate for the singles matches. Jelena was showing ubnormal superiority and wish to win from the start of the second round match against  Hrdlickova Kveta of Czech republic. First set was finished with result 6-3. After the first set, Jelena strike even more finishing second set with 6 games to 2. Reportedly Dokic charmed number of  journalists on the press conference and crowd was crazy for her. As one local man said: "People here in Poland like just her and would like to see her taking and kissing Prokom open trophy".   

Other Yesterdays results are: Diaz-Oliva M. def. Gersi A. 7:5 6:3, Poutchek T. def Krasnoroutskaya 6:2 4:6 6:2; Farina Elia S. def. Medina Garrigues  6:4 0:6 7:5

Today, fallowing matches will be played on the center court:

Zabaleta M. vs. Sanchez D.
Rittner B. vs. Nagyova H.
Pless K. vs. Sargsian S.
Huber A. vs. Smashnova A.
Rosset M. vs. Portas A.
Dąbrowski/Kubot vs. Hanley/Heale  

 In the quarterfinal  of Polish Prokom $27,000 open, Dokic will face Diaz-Oliva Mariana of Argentina who defeated Gersi A. 3:6 7:5 6:3 in the second round. This meeting probably will be on Friday. Here is info on Oliva: 

Residence: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Birthdate: March 11, 1976
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height: 5' 7 3/4" (1.72 m)
Weight: 141 lbs. (64 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (September 1992)
ITF Women's Circuit singles titles: 14
2001 HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
FINALIST: Bol
SEMIFINALIST: Bogota
QUARTERFINALIST: Acapulco
THIRD ROUND: Miami

Here are two great photos by P. Leśniewski & D. Kulaszewicz from Prokom open official site. When you click on it you will see enlarged version.

             


Wenesday 25 July. 2001- Fantastic win over 57th in the world Italian Tathiana Garbin

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia overcome in two sets Tatiana Garbin 6-1, 6-1. Judges have interrupted match because of rain for several minutes. Tennis player Dokic has proven today, that she is serious candidate for victory in Sopot competition. After yesterday's pretty weather, today it is rain here in Sopot, therefore theory has been proven. Jelena is fallowed by rain from Rome open when she won her first singles title. But big barrier have been destroyed today. JD has won first set simply, but we were scared for her if she will be able to regain her  confidece and rythm. Hereis a list of players that menaged to get to seacond round: Huber A., Leon Garcia, G.Montolio, Dokic J, HrdlickovaK., Gersi A., Diaz-Oliva M., Schiavone F, Krasnoroutskaya, Poutchek T., Medina Garrigues, Farina Elia S.

 

Hrdlickova Kveta will challenge Jelena Dokic next in this competition. Some data on her:

Residence: Bilovec, Chech 
Birth date: July 9 1975 
Birthplace: Bilovec, Chech
Height: 165 cm 
Weight: 58 kg 
Singles ranking: 55
Doubles ranking: 68 
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 1
ITF Circuit: 7


Tuesday 24 July. 2001- Dokic is 3rd seeded at Prokom open in Poland

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Yesterday ranking section was updated. Jelena cleans her way to the top. She is now on 21th place in the world. No changes in top ten.  Official web site of Prokom open announced seedings:

seed Singles Doubles
1 Anke Huber (defending champion who will retire after aus open 2002) Tathiana Garbin & Janette Husarova
2 Silvia Farina-Elia Jelena Dokic &Silvia Farina-Elia
3 Jelena Dokic  

First result from yesterday singles match at Prokom open that have arrived to News department is: Poutchek def. Krasnoroutskaya T. 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
Jelena arrived in Poland and made brief interview for Idea prokom official web site. She will play her first match in the opening round of Poland Prokom open today. She will face Tathiana Garbin. Some data on Garbin Tathiana of Italy:

 

Residence: Mestre, Italy
Birthdate: June 30, 1977
Birthplace: Mestre, Italy
Height: 5' 7 3/4" (1.72 m)
Weight: 134 lbs. (61 kg)
Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Status: Pro (October 4, 1996)
Sanex WTA TOUR singles titles: 1
2001 HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
QUARTERFINALIST: Estoril
FOURTH ROUND: Miami
THIRD ROUND: Indian Wells

Photo section updated with six JD Wimbledon, Heineken... mix: 

                   

and more brand new photos  click here


Sunday 22 July. 2001- Both Jelena and Kim are out off the Sanex trophy in Belgium

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Today  at the sanex trophy center court about 2:30 PM, Jelena will not play in doubles finale match.  But also, Kim Clijsters will not be there. Jelena Dokic and Farina- Elia were beaten by Dragomir-Ilie and Vanc with result 7-5, 6-1. So in the finals, Dragomir-Ilie/Vanc will face Pascual/Serna winners of other semi-finale match. In singles competition finales

Tulyaganova 6 6
1 Clijsters 0 4
Leon Garcia 6 6
Marrero 4 3
1 Pascual/Serna 6 7
Marrero/Riera 0 6
Dragomir-Ilie/Vanc 7 6
2 Dokic/Farina-Elia 5 1

In the mid-time here is the topic to discus about on the message board. I think Vicky Botwright want to make career not related to squash. 

The 23-year-old was refused permission to wear a thong and bikini top on court by her players' governing body. She had planned to wear the revealing gear in yesterday's British Open second round match against No.5 seed Natalie Grainger at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

The pictures published yesterday provoked a furious response from the Women's International Squash Players Association. WISPA director Andrew Shelley said: "We are delighted to see increased coverage for women's squash but we do not wish to see our members to be exploited in any way."

This brought WISPA into direct confrontation with tournament promoters The Eye Group. The London-based TV production company have revolutionised the coverage of the game, surrounding the all-glass court with eight cameras and developing live broadcasts on Sky TV for the first time.

Eye Group managing director Paul Smith said: "The views expressed by WISPA are a backward step for the sport.

"We are doing everything we can to promote the game to a wider audience but the players' governing body is holding the sport back with its antiquated views. I know that the players want the freedom to wear lighter and more comfortable clothes on court and if that means their outfits are more revealing then so be it. The squash girls are just as attractive and glamorous as the tennis girls and the world is waking up to that fact."

Botwright, 23, wore a silver-grey outfit on court today but lost in straight games to Grainger, the former Nottingham-based player who now lives in America. Grainger sported a white skirt and slinky grey top. Grainger now meets England captain Linda Charman in the quarter-finals.

Paul Smith went live on local BBC radio tonight to defend his stance on the affair. On the Radio WM Drive Time show Paul was interviewed by husband and wife presenters Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer. Julie gave him something of an interrogation. She pursued a rather aggressive line of questioning verging on accusations of exploitation, but Paul stood up for his stance, stressing the importance of moving the game forward. After the show several callers supported Paul's and Vicky's positions on the affair that has rocked squash.

Squash player Vicky Botwright:

         


Friday 20 July. 2001- Wining in doubles should be great practice for Poland

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Great news as Second seeded Jelena Dokic and Silvia Farina-Elia defeated Elena Daniilidou and Caroline Dhenin with a result 7-5, 6-2 in Belgium tournament yesterday. 

Thursday news from Knokke-Heist, Belgium- Top seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium cruised into the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Sanex Trophy. Rosanna de los Rios of Paraguay knocked off Farina Elia, 6-3, 6-1, and Clijsters rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Virginia Ruano-Pascual of Spain on Thursday.

Few days ago, I updated ranking section. Everything is so surprising these days but here we have good news. Jelena is up is WTA tour list for few places; she is 22th now and will probably enter top 20 in next week. If everything goes well, Dokic will play some good and hopefully winning matches in nine days Prokom open, Sopot, Poland starting from 21. July to 29 July. Money prize is 180000 USD and winner (for example Jelena) gets 27000 USD. The tournament will be played on red clay.  

Main draw: Amelie Mauresmo, Jelena Dokic, Silvia Farina - Elia, Anke Huber, Suarez, Henrieta, Nagyova, Montolio, Schnyder, Schianove, lina k, Diaz-olivia, Leon-garcia, Rittner, Hridlickova, kruger, tulyaganova, medina garrigues, kuti kis, talaja, glass, dragomir, smashnova, husarova, four qualifiers and Three wild cards.

Our latest poll called "Question of the week" have the following results: 64% of you think that Jelena will enter top 10 this year. 19% thinks that Jelena is slower and big thing will happen next year and 16%- quote she will not enter top 10. New question for you is "How far can Jelena get in US open 2001? Vote now. 

Photo section updated:

     


Tuesday17 July. 2001- Jelena has been surprisingly upset by Chladkova

Ljubisa Bojic 

In the opening round of Sanex trophy in Belgium, 3rd seeded Jelena was beaten by 22-year-old Chech Denisa Chladkova ranked 43 in WTA tour. Dokic lost in straight sets, 4-6, 2-6 at 4th match on the center Court yesterday . That is her second defeat after second round upset in Vienna by Kosanic. Dokic will play doubles with Silvia Farina Elia of Italy at this tournament for the first time . After that, she will maybe rest herself in USA and interrupt her busy schedule strategy.

Photo section have been updated with six Dokic's photos from last French open provided exclusively by Lali. “Most beautiful blue-fire eyes that are similar to Adriatic Sea but also fresh like high-untouched mountains. At the same time she is both defined and vulnerable. And hair, her long blue hair is adorable. She is truly goddess.” 

         

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Friday 13 July. 2001- This time Jelena did not have enough concentration

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Now we can say rain was deciding factor in the match. First rain interruption caused concentration slip of Jeca. Second interruption caused total100%-loss of her concentration. Twice interrupted match does not finish good for Jelena. That is Tuesday and Wednesday story of center court in Vienna. Dokic was beaten by 20-year-old Kosanic 6-1, 6-7, 6-0. Third set played yesterday lasted 15 minutes. 

Second surprise of UNQA grand prix is Elena Dementieva who was ousted by Iroda Tulya-ganova in three set match with final result 4:6, 6:0, 6:7. Match lasted 2:25 hours. 

Jelena quoted: "I had problem with my service and was playing defensive game"

Update in schedule section. Jelena's next tournament Sanex Trophy is from 16 to 22 July and will be held in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. It will be played on red clay. That would be good for Dokic to practice on clay for next "bigger tournaments" in pre-US open period. 

Also, I updated photo gallery today with six exciting photos from Wimbledon and Heiniken trophy.

          and more ...


Thursday 12 July. 2001- Dokic - Kosanic match was interrupted and should resume today

By Ljubisa Bojic 

This time it was the rain  that helped Jelena, I hope. Why??? Kosanic was ahead Jelena 2-0 in the third set when the rain started. In the first set, everything was going well for Dokic as she won 6-1. In the second set, when she was ahead 3-2, the rain started and destroyed Dokic concentration, therefore afterwards when the second set was resumed it was finished with 7-6 for Kosanic.  The third set, as I said, was interrupted when Kosanic was ahead by 2-0. I taught this would be an easy match, but it was not.. Maybe, Jelena is too relaxed because she received bye in the first round. Fortunately she has a chance to sort the problem out. I hope I will be able to provide new Jelena photos in next few days.  


Wednesday 11 July. 2001- Today first Jelena's singles match in Austria should be easy job

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Twenty year old Jelena Kosanic qualifier from Croatia made surprise by winning local wildcard Nicole Remis 6-3, 6-2. In a second round, she will face Jelena today on center court at 6 PM Vienna time. Dokic/Dementieva defeated Bachmann/Dyrberg 6-1,6-2 in a doubles match which was played yesterday and will face first-seeded Suarez/Tarabin next however there are no official reports on that mach due errors on UNQA grand prix official web site.  Tomorrow I will try to obtain some fresh photos for our Photo section. Info on next JD opponent Jelena Kosanic:

Height: 5' 6 1/4" (1.68 m)
Weight: 121 lbs. (55 kg)
Plays: Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Sanex WTA TOUR doubles titles: 2
Plays : Left (two handed backhand)
Singles Rank : 169 (as of 09 Jul. 2001)

2001 HIGHLIGHTS – DOUBLES
QUARTERFINALIST: Antwerp (w/Plischke)

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - SINGLES
WINNER: 1999 - ITF/Warsaw-POL, ITF/Bushey-GBR; 1998 - ITF/Otecec-SLO
SEMIFINALIST (1): 2000 - Antwerp
QUARTERFINALIST (1): 1999 - Bol

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - DOUBLES
WINNER: (2) 1999 - Bol (w/Pastikova), Kuala Lumpur (w/Pisnik)
FINALIST (1): 2000 - Budapest (w/Nacuk)
SEMIFINALIST (3): 2000 - Bol (w/Pisnik), Luxembourg (w/de Lone)
1999 - Zurich (w/Snyder)


Tuesday 10 July. 2001- Dokic is down on WTA tour list

By Ljubisa Bojic 

We shall monitor Jelena's game as she is playing her first match today on UNQA grand prix. Elena Dementieva will be Jelena's doubles partner for this tournament. I updated rankings today and Jelena is down from number 16 to 23 on WTA Tour. But she is on the 20th place in doubles and that is her best doubles ranking so far. This downfall in singles rankings can be explained by the fact that she did not make to the semi-finales in Wimbledon like it was last year. 

Update on page development: I will change design of the page and page address to .com domain. However, the page is going to be on the same server in next few months for sure. This server provides convenient assess.

News are frequently coming to our news department but this is probably last one from Wimbledon. The man of the moment is certainly Goran Ivanisevic who defeated Patrick Rafter in five set match 6-3 3-6 6-3 2-6 9-7. Great number of both Australian and Croatian fans, which had a lot influence on the game, made fantastic atmosphere on the center court. Ivanisevic said:

"I think I'm dreaming. I don't think somebody is going to wake me up and tell me, "Man, you didn't win." I have to go back again.
This is so great, to touch the trophy. I mean, I don't even care now, you know, if I ever win a match in my life again. If I don't want to play, I don't play again. "

"This is it. This is end of the world. This is everything for me. You know, my dreams came true. Whatever I do in my life, wherever I go, I going to be always Wimbledon Champion."

"Actually, if you look, every time who start to serve first in all four sets won the set. So I was scared. I said to myself, "You have to win that game at 5-2, and then you start to serve first, you going to win the fifth set." When I lost, I say, "Man, is going to start to serve first, maybe I going to lose now."
But I think was the key couple of games. I think was 5-All when he didn't put one first serve in. I have 15-30, and didn't do it. And then after two game after, he had Love-30, and twice second serve. So I came up with some good volleys, good second serve. I said, "If I win that game, I going to win the match."
He got tight on 15-40. I mean, that second serve was going so slow. I was surprised. I was expecting maybe big second serve. Then he came up with some slow. Then I hit a good return. But that game I hit some good returns."

"Today, I can't believe I'm going there and going to take the trophy. So many great names on that trophy. It's great, you know. I always see these guys kissing the trophy, lifting the trophy.
Can't get better. Biggest thing ever happen to me."

"I took my pictures with the trophy, with my father, with my coach. This is going to stay next to my bed for rest of my life."


Monday 9 July. 2001- Dokic will face Nicole Remis or a qualifier 

By Ljubisa Bojic 

In second round of UNQA grand prix tournament, tennis superstar Dokic will face a winner of the mach between local wildcard Nicole Remis or qualifier. Jeca received bye in the first round. We hope the tournament is so far relaxing for Dokic and that she enjoys in beauties of Vienna. I am sure she needs rest after Wimbledon. 
 

In the finish of man semi - finales that were too long (Three days) because of rain delays, Croatian wild card Goran Ivanisevic beat  Briton Tim Henman. These days on the gates of All England Club experienced many people cueing for tickets so desperate. But Britons like to cue, isn't it. Three times 26-year-old from London has made semi-finales, three times has he failed. Hopes of entire nation vanished as he lost this long-service based match. 

"It is disappointing. You know, in the circumstances, it feels like it's been a pretty long three days. But it's certainly been the same for both of us.
You know, I have to give Goran credit for the way that he played. It was a tough, tough match, but he was the one that came out on top.

"In a two-horse race, it's the same for both of you. I certainly don't feel like it affected me. I felt I dealt with it as best I could. You know, I had to come out here and just keep trying to play the way I did. Because, you know, if I look at the match, analyze what happened, you know, I lost my serve twice in a five-set match. You know, that's why I certainly give him a lot of credit."

Goran quoted:

You know, like I said, if somebody one month ago told me, "Here is the paper to sign that you going to be in the final of Wimbledon, but you have to lose," I say, "Give me the paper, I sign."
But now, you know, I don't want to get another plate. I have already three plates. If some angel comes tonight in my dreams and say, "Okay, Goran, you going to win Wimbledon tomorrow, but you not able to touch the racquet ever again in your life," I say, "Okay, I rather take that and then never play tennis again in my life."

Venus Williams of United States retained her Wimbledon women's singles title yesterday. Justine Henin was beaten by Williams in another three-sets center court thriller with result 1-6, 6-3, 0-6. Williams survived mid-match crises and managed to win. She quoted: 

"This year was a lot more dificult to win than last year when I was like a deer in headlights. I just kept going" said Williams, "This year it was lot harder and I had to think"

Henin said: "She is a great champion and she played better than me today. In the third set she was stronger mentally"

Today is man-finale match Goran Ivanisevic against Pat Rafter. I hope to see interesting, exciting, and  amusing five-set match without rain delays.   

 


Sunday 8 July. 2001- Some details of UNQA Grand Prix 2001 tournament

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Today and tomorrow there are some qualification matches in Vienna. Dokic should probably play on Tuesday. As soon as I found out who she will play against, I shall let you know. UNQA Tournament ends next Sunday. Jelena is 2nd seeded. As I previously wrote, we may expect Jelena to win this tournament and therefore make some psychological background for US open and some other big tournaments. Players are seeded this way:

1
(12)     Elena Dementieva RUS
2
(16)     Jelena Dokic JUG
3
(21)     Anke Huber GER
4
(24)     Barbara Schett AUT
5
(25)     Paola Suarez ARG
6
(26)     Silvia Farina Elia ITA
7
(31)     Angeles Montolio ESP
8
(33)     Henrieta Nagyova SVK
9
(34)     Patty Schnyder SUI
10
(37)     Iva Majoli CRO
11
(42)     Cara Black ZIM
12
(43)     Silvija Talaja CRO
13
(47)     Kristina Brandi USA
14
(48)     Kveta Hrdlickova CZE
15
(50)     Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG
16
(51)     Denisa Chladkova CZE
17
(55)     Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie ROM
18
(56)     Marta Marrero ESP
19
(60)     Jana Kandarr GER
20
(62)     Joannette Kruger RSA
21
(63)     Anna Smashnova ISR
22
(67)     Iroda Tulyaganova UZB
23
(70)     Daniela Hantuchova SVK
24
(121*)  Barbara Schwartz (WC) AUT
25
(609)   Nicole Remis (WC) AUT
26
          Qualifikantin   
27
          Qualifikantin  
28
          Qualifikantin  
29
          Qualifikantin  
30
          Wild Card
          (Gold/Silver Exempt Player)

 


Saturday 7 July. 2001- Men semi-finales showed some quality tennis as Jeca prepares her self for Vienna tournament

By Ljubisa Bojic 

Early yesterday I had live report from my friend in London. Three hours before start of first gentleman semi-finales match there have been some big thunderstorms. Actually we taught big spectacle would be delayed until tomorrow. I thought - what is Wimbledon without the rain. What is Wimbledon without of magic- Sun was surprisingly shining just before the first match.

It was pretty equal game between Andre Agassi(USA) and Patrick Rafter(AUS) in the center court which was too small for people who wanted to watch the game. Agassi had some good moving on the court and Rafter made good services and aces but was bad at the net. I think  Aussie, who has done his best to be in finales of The Championatchip, possessed momentum as deciding factor in the 5th set of the match. At the end, the finale result was 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6. 

Second match between Tim Henman (ENG) against Goran Ivanisevic (CRO) with result 5-7, 7-6, 6-0, 2-1 was interrupted by rain. Most important part of the game for both players was service. Before the match, people have talked around that Ivanisevic will attack with strong service preferably with many aces. It looks like Henman was not deaf on that and prepared best strategy- attack is the best defense- and it was just like that. It paid off, this and the home crowd was enough to be ahead of Ivanisevic when the rain started. Ivanisevic quoted few days ago: “I am awake, very awake now. Now I’m in the semis which is like a dream. Never been happier in my life”. 

Prepare popcorns, beer, or some other staff to make pleasure better for tomorrow finish of man semi-finales and ladies finales Justine Hainin (BEL) against Venus Williams (USA) or if you are lucky one and you will watch game LIVE send us some photos in order to publish on this web site. 

On the other side, our Jeca is preparing for some matches at Vienna tournament that starts today. It would be good if she win her third title in career (do not forget Hong Kong) and get some psychological advance for next big tournaments like Bank of the West Classic etc.

A survey of the ballboys and ballgirls of Roland Garros 2001 published in the French magazine Tennis had this result when they asked them:

Most beautiful/ best-looking players
1 Jelena Dokic 35%
2 Barbara Schett 19%
3 Petra Mandula 13%
4 Martina Hingis 9%
5 Patty Schnyder 6%

Whole text you can find in:

http://msgbrd.sanexwta.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/019463.html 


Friday 6 July. 2001- Two great matches wowed crowd in Wimbledon center court yesterday

By Ljubisa Bojic

As I expected, defending champion Venus Wiliams of States made a terrific battle over Linsday Davenport (the final result 6-2, 6-7 (1-7) 6-1. Williams is on top of her career, both in fit and concentration at the moment, and there is no player who could stop her. Williams dominated the first and third sets of the replay of last years all American final and wasted a match point in the 10th game of the second set. All credits should be given to Jelena who made fantastic resistance but did not survive a mid-match crisis to beat Davenport in 4th round of Wimbledon. Williams-Linsday battle was better compared to the battle in other semi-finales match that has been also played on center court. That match played between Justine Henin and Jenifer Capriati resulted in 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Overconfident American star Capriati did not proceed to the finales of The Championships; however, we predict that Kid Capriati will have her last word in upcoming Grand Slams and therefore make her dream come true to be a winner of four Grand Slams in next year and become the best tennis player of the year. Today you can watch man semi-finales featuring Andre Agassi vs. Patrick Rafter fallowed by Goran Ivanisevic vs. Tim Henman.   

Our new advanced technology financed by sponsors (myself) provided us way to bring you footages from future matches of Jelena. Now you can see 1-minute video from Williams-Davenport match. I hope that Video section will be updated frequently in the future and we welcome all money contributions to keep this page alive and up-to-date.

I hope that I managed to improve this page in last days with everyday news, photos, interviews, results, etc.


  Thursday 5 July. 2001- Jelena lost two matches both in doubles and mixed doubles 

By Ljubisa Bojic

Maybe it is better this way. Jeca will have enough time to prepare for her next tournament UNIQA Grand Prix that will be held from 7th to 15th July  in Vienna, Austria on Red Clay court. Finale result of Jelena's last match that she played with partner  Conchita Martinez (ESP) against Kim Clijsters (BEL) and Ai Sugiyama (JPN) was 2-6, 7-5, 3-6. Match stats:

   Dokic (YUG) /
Martinez (ESP) 
Clijsters (BEL) /
Sugiyama (JPN)
Fastest Serve 100 MPH 106 MPH
  1st Serve % 62 of 95 = 65 % 71 of 97 = 73 %
  Aces 1 3
  Double Faults 5 5
  Unforced Errors 5 5
  Winning % on 1st Serve 34 of 62 = 55 % 41 of 71 = 58 %
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 12 of 33 = 36 % 13 of 26 = 50 %
  Winners (Including Service) 0 0
  Receiving Points Won 43 of 97 = 44 % 49 of 95 = 52 %
  Break Point Conversions 5 of 15 = 33 % 7 of 16 = 44 %
  Total Points Won 89 103

I updated photo gallery with photo from Italy photo session and another from Jeca's last doubles match.

               

 


Wednesday 4 July. 2001- Doubles match will be continued  today 

By Ljubisa Bojic

The 4th match in doubles on the court 2 was interrupted because of dark when Jeca and her partner Conchita Martinez played yesterday against 9th seeded pair  Kim Clijsters (Belgium) and Ai Sugiyama (Japan); the result was at that time 2:6, 7:5, 2:4. The match will be continued today. 

Today I have updated the results section. You can see Jeca's singles Wimbledon results:

26 June. 2001 Singles 1st Round J.Dokic def. R.De Los Rios 7-5 6-1
28 June. 2001 Singles 2nd Round J.Dokic def. J.Hopkins 6-2 6-4
30 June. 2001 Singles 3rd Round J.Dokic def. B.Schett 6-3 7-5
02 July. 2001 Singles 4th Round L.Davenport def. J.Dokic 7-5 6-4

 Also You can see the list of Wimbledon tennis players who represent Yugoslavia:

Dusan Mihailovic
Boys' Singles
Janko Tipsarvevic
Boys' Singles
Nenad Zimonjic
Gentlemen's Doubles
Gentlemen's Qual. Singles
Slobodan Zivojinovic
Gentlemen's 35 RR Doubles
Daniela Bercek
Girls' Singles
Girls' Doubles
Jelena Dokic
Ladies' Singles
Ladies' Doubles
Mixed Doubles
Jelena Jankovic
Girls' Singles
Girls' Doubles
Sandra Nacuk
Ladies' Doubles
Ladies' Qual. Singles
Dragana Zaric
Ladies' Doubles
Ladies' Qual. Singles
Ladies' Qual. Doubles

Wednesday 4 July. 2001- Jelena did new promoting camping 

By Ljubisa Bojic

I found out that Jelena did a promoting campaign for one hotel in Italy. Hallo magazine made a special report on that.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/specials/tenistas/index.html 

There's no better place to catch up with three of the world's most beautiful tennis players than the Hotel Hassler Villa Medici in Rome. Privately owned by Roberto Wirth, the hotel's walls are graced with paintings of the High Renaissance and its Golden Book of guests bears the names of kings, queens, presidents and Hollywood stars.

Then here is what Jelena says:

Jelena, 18, loves shopping but tennis leaves little time so she has it down to a fine art. "I ask around for the best shopping street which has brands such as Prada and Gucci - I buy what I like at that moment, Armani, Chanel or an unknown name." Her beauty attracts much attention, though she isn't a slave to her image, saying, "I'm bored of my long hair so I'm thinking of cutting it off." Jelena, who is sponsored by Fila, enjoys modeling but says: "Acting would be more fun. If the offer was right I'd love to be in a movie one day."


Tuesday 3 July. 2001- Jelena is out of Wimbledon

By Ljubisa Bojic

Her match against Davenport was 75 minutes long and the final result was 7-5, 6-4. In the current year of 2001, Jelena has faced many tennis players, which have been on the top of their career such as Venus Wiliams, Kim Kilijsters, and now Linsday Davenport. These have been the hardest opponents then. She is maybe unlucky at draws but she improved her game a lot since Aussie open 2001. The psychological barrier concerning Linsday have not been crossed by Jelena. Now she has negative record of 3 lost games against Davenport. Here are some stats from last match:

  Dokic (YUG) Davenport (USA)
 1st Serve % 40 of 63 = 63 % 47 of 79 = 59 %
Aces 6 10
Double Faults 4 5
Unforced Errors 14 17

In the recent interview, Jelena complained about The Campionship transport service. Here is a statement from Christopher Gorringe concerning Jelena's comments:

"We are obviously concerned when someone has a complaint about the quality of The Championships Transport Service. We are looking into the details, but so far we have had nothing but praise for the efficient and friendly way the Transport Service has worked this year."

Take a look at Day 7 interview and some exciting photos from Jelena's last match:

         


Monday 2 July. 2001- Great match and Jelena is on road to the finales of Wimbledon

By Ljubisa Bojic

Fantastic 65 minute match against Barbara Schett with 6:3, 7:5 result  as Jelena will face 3rd seeded American Linsdey Davenport in 4 round of Jelena's adored Wimbledon tournament. That will be real challenge and maybe the hardest match in the whole tournament for Jelena that have been defeated by Linsday two times before (Australian open 2001 and Wimbledon 2000). The match will be played on central court today at 13:00 of local London time, 14:00 Belgrade and 22:00 Sydney.

Take look at day 6 interview and some exciting photos:

Photo         Photo       Photo

   Dokic   Schett 
  1st Serve % 40 of 61 = 66 % 31 of 66 = 47 %
  Aces 3 7
  Double Faults 1 2
  Unforced Errors 16 21
  Winning % on 1st Serve 26 of 40 = 65 % 21 of 31 = 68 %
  Winning % on 2nd Serve 13 of 21 = 62 % 12 of 35 = 34 %
  Winners (Including Service) 16 9
  Receiving Points Won 33 of 66 = 50 % 22 of 61 = 36 %
  Break Point Conversions 5 of 11 = 45 % 2 of 4 = 50 %
  Net Approaches 8 of 13 = 62 % 6 of 11 = 55 %
  Total Points Won 72 55
  Fastest Serve 102 MPH 110 MPH
  Average 1st Serve Speed 96 MPH 101 MPH
  Average 2nd Serve Speed 83 MPH 82 MPH


 


            

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