Wtatour.com says Paola won 7-6 6-2 but Yahoo says otherwise
Dokic reaches semifinals at Vienna tennis
June 12, 2003
VIENNA, Austria (Ticker) - Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia is thriving on her favorite surface.
The top seed defeated Paola Suarez of Argentina, 7-5, 7-5, Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Wien Energie Grand Prix clay court tennis event.
Dokic, who received a bye in the first round, had lost five of her previous seven matches entering the tournament. The 20-year-old won two titles last season, but had not advanced past the quarterfinals this season, most recently losing in the second round at the French Open to Slovenia's Tina Pisnik.
However, Dokic has experienced some of her best success on grass, including her only semifinal showing at a major at Wimbledon three years ago. Dokic improved to just 14-14 overall this season.
Croatian qualifier Karolina Sprem, who burst onto the scene last month when she reached the final of the Strasbourg Open, reached the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 upset of No. 7 Denisa Chladkova of the Czech Republic.
The 18-year-old Sprem did not win a main draw match in a WTA event before that surprise showing.
Another unseeded player reached the final four as Germany's Anca Barna rallied for a 4-6 (7-6) (7-1), 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Silvia Farina Elia of Italy.
No. 2 seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia completed the semifinal field with a 7-5, 7-5 decision over eighth-seed Maja Matevzic of Slovakia.
In Friday's semifinals, Dokic takes on Barna and Sprem faces Zvonareva.
First prize is $27,000.