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Saddest story in tennis at the moment....

...with not counting players with personal problems, I mean just on terms of major form loss or undeveloped talent etc... Well for me, I would have to say Jelena Dokic and I'm sure many others here will agree. I just miss watching her play her matches on tv so much Her "sneeze" grunt thing was so unique and brilliant Anyway, more seriously, it is just tragic to see a player of her "top 10" calibre struggling to win matches now at Challenger level Jelena was such a breath of fresh air to womens' tennis - she brought the sex appeal when Anna K started to go off the radar, she brought a fiesty attitude to the court and most important of all, she was majorly talented. Anyway, at least she is still playing tennis so there is always a small bit of hope that she might regain her top level form again. Now that would make some fairytale story ......

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Yeah, well she just lost to Conchita MARTINEZ-GRANADOS 64 57 60 in the first round of a $50,000 challenger event in Italy. She's ranked #377. Things are not looking good. It's not her ability obviously--she's a top 15 player based on that. Her personal problems are the big issue and it seems her dad is wrecking her career. Although she never got the desperate point that it has gotten to with Jelena, the situation sort of reminds me of Schnyder and that psycho who mad her drink only orange juice. She kind of disappeared for a long time when she was with him and it took her a long time to get back to where she is.
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Yeah, well she just lost to Conchita MARTINEZ-GRANADOS 64 57 60 in the first round of a $50,000 challenger event in Italy. She's ranked #377. Things are not looking good. It's not her ability obviously--she's a top 15 player based on that. Her personal problems are the big issue and it seems her dad is wrecking her career. Although she never got the desperate point that it has gotten to with Jelena, the situation sort of reminds me of Schnyder and that psycho who mad her drink only orange juice. She kind of disappeared for a long time when she was with him and it took her a long time to get back to where she is.
I thought Damir didn't travel with her anymore though or anything and doesn't have an input in her career

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it is just tragic to see a player of her "top 10" calibre struggling to win matches now at Challenger level
In my opinion, Jelena was NEVER a top ten player. Sure, she has a little talent and she's certainly better than the 300s, but I always felt she got lucky to make the top 10 and should really only have made it into the top 50. She's just not that good.

I think she will never make it on the WTA tour again and will disappear completely by next year. Sorry, but it's the truth.
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In my opinion, Jelena was NEVER a top ten player. Sure, she has a little talent and she's certainly better than the 300s, but I always felt she got lucky to make the top 10 and should really only have made it into the top 50. She's just not that good.

I think she will never make it on the WTA tour again and will disappear completely by next year. Sorry, but it's the truth.
Didn't Jelena reach #5 in the world at her peak? not too sure but I think she did and while I agree, ok maybe Jelena wasn't good enough to be ranked in the top 5, she DEFINITELY belonged in the top 10 when she was playing her best tennis. In fact, Jelena at her best beats many of the current top 10 for me, including Elena D, Myskina and most of the Russians in fact ( except for Maria of course)

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Dokic was #4 in the summer of '02.
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The saddest story in tennis at the moment has to be when the two players were playing a doubles match on the outside court at Wimbledon. When suddenly the two of them see a funeral procession go by the outer perimeter of the court. The player takes her baseball cap off and waits for the procession to pass by before playing again. Her doubles partner noticed the gesture and responds favourably and then asks her at the changeover why she did it. "It was the least I could do after we'd been married 4 years," she replied.
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The saddest story in tennis at the moment has to be when the two players were playing a doubles match on the outside court at Wimbledon. When suddenly the two of them see a funeral procession go by the outer perimeter of the court. The player takes her baseball cap off and waits for the procession to pass by before playing again. Her doubles partner noticed the gesture and responds favourably and then asks her at the changeover why she did it. "It was the least I could do after we'd been married 4 years," she replied.
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Dokic was #4 in the summer of '02.
Wow, 4 even, well I agree that was a bit too high for her without even a slam final. She also got her butt whipped by Chanda that summer in the L.A Open. I think that was the begining of the fall of her career, with all credit to Chanda for playing well, Jelena just made some of the most obscene errors in that match, especially in the first set

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It happened a few years ago before they changed the courts to grass.
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It happened a few years ago before they changed the courts to grass.
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Dokic was #4 in the summer of '02.
True, but she really didn't belong at #4. Look how quickly she fell apart. That's because other players learned to play to her [many] weaknesses and she couldn't raise her game to a higher level. It's too one-dimentional. The proof is that the girl can't even win a match in a Challenger-level tournament (0-6 in the 3rd set??? That's pretty bad for a former #4 player.)

Anyway, I'm not trying to put Jelena down and I know she's had tons of personal problems with her Daddy, but, I just think she was more lucky than good. Alex Stevenson and Mirjana Lucic are the same, they just fell faster than Jelena.
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