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spiceboy
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:19 PM
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,17570323%255E23216,00.html

Rising star blocking Dokic's return

December 14, 2005


JELENA Dokic has drawn rising tennis star Beti Sekulovski in the first round of the Australian Open wildcard play-off starting Friday.

Dokic must not only dispatch the 22-year-old Victorian ranked four places above her but also win a further three matches if she is to earn a place in the Australian Open main competition.

Altogether 16 players line up in each of the men's and women's play-offs to play each other in three-set elimination matches until only one of each is left standing to win the prized wildcards.

Sekulovski will be no pushover and is one of the toughest in the draw.
She was one of the in-form players on the recent Kia Pro Circuit, reaching the final of Challengers in Rockhampton and Canberra and has improved her world ranking from 830 in mid-September to 344.

Former world number four Dokic is back in the country to rebuild her career and reputation after her ex-manager father Damir notoriously turned his back on Australia and took the family overseas in 2001.


The Australian Open will be the first competition she has played in this country since her much-publicised departure.

Dokic has publicly stated that she wants to represent Australia again and Tennis Australia recently said the door was still open to the young star.

The 22-year-old is currently ranked 349 and has had no major success since reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2000.

In the men's wildcard playoff Australia Davis Cup representatives Peter Luczak and Todd Reid will play Adam Feeney and Alun Jones respectively. The play-offs run from 16-19 December at Melbourne Park while the Australian Open will be played from January 6-13 at Canberra International.

spiceboy
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:21 PM
Worst of draws for Jelena...

Beti is 27W/4L in the last 3 months winning 2 $10K titles and reaching 2 $25K finals :help:

tennisrox
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:34 PM
Tough.Best of luck to Jelena anyway.I have faith :yeah:

CooCooCachoo
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:36 PM
Worst of draws for Jelena...

Beti is 27W/4L in the last 3 months winning 2 $10K titles and reaching 2 $25K finals :help:

She's been injured though.

Go Beti :rocker2: I hope she can rise some more :D

Capriatifan1
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:38 PM
no offence, but if this is to be considered a tough draw already then Dokic has absolutely no business to do at the Aussie Open

Andrew..
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:41 PM
If a "difficult" draw is playing someone ranked outside of the top 300, then Jeca has serious issues with her game.

tenn_ace
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:46 PM
has pre-pre-pre-pre qualifying tournament ever attracted so much attention before? ;)

DaNieLa RoCkZ
Dec 14th, 2005, 05:48 PM
Wipe the floor with this girl Jelena!! I want at least 1 Bagel or Breadstick!

Volcana
Dec 14th, 2005, 06:14 PM
It seems to me that it's Sekulovski's who's gotten a bad draw. Without Dokic, she'd have been considered one of the favorites. So she draws a former world #4 who Aussie Sam Stosur says is hitting the ball better than her.

Babolatpro880
Dec 14th, 2005, 06:57 PM
I wouldn't say this draw is absurdly tough for Jelena. If she's hitting as well as it's been said, then Sekulovski is the one with the problems, like Volcana said.

Tennace
Dec 14th, 2005, 07:26 PM
Good Luck Jelena!!!!

Freakan
Dec 14th, 2005, 07:48 PM
It won't be an easy watch for Jelena but she probably would have beaten Beti playing the way she played this season. And now she is probably in better form, so...

AyumiMorita
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:01 PM
AO Wildcard PlayOff
A feast of top matches at AO Wildcard Play-Off
December 14, 2005

Jelena Dokic’s first competitive outing in Australia will be against Victorian Beti Sekulovski on Friday.

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM38699.6849952894

Dokic, formerly ranked No.4 in the world but now sitting at No.349, has been taking part in the Australian Open Training Camp at Melbourne Park, which culimates in a Play-Off Tournament for a main draw wildcard into Australian Open 2006.

Sekulovski, who has shown strong form on the Kia Pro Circuit this year, currently sits above Dokic at No.344, the 10th ranked highest ranked Australian woman on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings.

In other matches on Friday, top seed Lauren Breadmore (VIC, No.266) has drawn Trudi Musgrave (NSW, 497), top Aussie juniors Daniella Dominikovic (NSW) and Shayna McDowell (QLD) face off, Christina Wheeler (VIC, 310) plays Monique Adamczak (NSW, 355) and Olivia Lukaszewicz (SA, 552) plays Victorian Cindy Watson (325).

In the men’s tournament, top seed Peter Luczak (145) plays Adam Feeney (NSW, 730), second seed Nathan Healey (NSW, 241) takes on Raphael Durek (NSW, 438) and last year’s winner Marc Kimmich (QLD, 306) is up against Sadik Kadir (NSW, 531).

Click below for the full draws.

Still vying for a place in the Play-Off are a handful of rising Aussies who will take part in a qualifying round at Melbourne Park on Thursday, December 15, from 10am.

They are:
Court 4 - Scott Doerner vs Carsten Ball
Court 5 - Adriana Szili vs Lisa D'Amelio
Court 6 - Nick Lindahl vs Andrew Coelho

Main Draw action gets underway at 10am on Friday and finishes Monday, December 19.

Location: Melbourne Park, Western Courts
Time: 10.00am on the 16th and 19th
11.00am on the 17th and 18th

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM38700.7004866435

AO Wildcard Play-Off Draw (http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM38700.6864313773)

faboozadoo15
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:04 PM
if THIS is a tough draw, then she shouldn't be in the australian open in the first place. im a big fan, but let's just hope she takes care of business. if she's been playing as well as people say she's been, she should win her matches here rather easily and turn up the heat in the main draw.

Wojtek
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:19 PM
It will be tough match because Jelena didn't play wta match for long time. Anyone has full draw?

bellascarlett
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:21 PM
Wipe the floor with this girl Jelena!! I want at least 1 Bagel or Breadstick!

:lol:...

switz
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:45 PM
and last year’s winner Marc Kimmich (QLD, 306) is up against Sadik Kadir (NSW, 531).



Sadik Kadir :mad: he is the no.2 at my club behind Todd Reid - he has beat me that last three years in the club championship :mad:

i hope he gets the wildcard because then he won't play next year :bounce:

KoOlMaNsEaN
Dec 14th, 2005, 08:46 PM
If Dokic has confidence in herself and her game she can win

CooCooCachoo
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:02 PM
Sadik Kadir :mad: he is the no.2 at my club behind Todd Reid - he has beat me that last three years in the club championship :mad:

i hope he gets the wildcard because then he won't play next year :bounce:

How many bagels were you served? :o

It's no shame to lose to him :yeah:

Rtael
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:04 PM
I want at least 1 Bagel or Breadstick!


For Beti? :haha:



Good luck Jelena. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

pierce0415
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:08 PM
This draw is WACK

Why does top seed Lauren Breadmore have to win 4 matches to get the WC while Olivia Lukaszewicz only has to win 3? :mad:

jochem
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:17 PM
I think its good for Jelena, if she loses to a player ranked outside the top 300 she knows she still has a lot to improve before attempting a more serious comeback...

faboozadoo15
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:19 PM
what's funny is that she must kno she is getting in the maindraw eityher way, so she can play some pressure free tennis and whoop some ass.

TS
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:31 PM
This draw is WACK

Why does top seed Lauren Breadmore have to win 4 matches to get the WC while Olivia Lukaszewicz only has to win 3? :mad:

:confused:

It's a 16 player draw...they all will have to win 4 matches.

(Olivia won't even win one though).

I'll be very surprised if Jelena wins this match. Sure, at their best, Beti is no match for her...not even in the same class, but at this point in time this was definitely one of the worst draws Jelena could have gotten here. Beti is a new player this year - completely rejuvenated, and having seen her play several times, she will not go down without a fight.

CoryAnnAvants#1
Dec 14th, 2005, 09:52 PM
I think you guys are completely underestimating Jelena. Even at her worst moments this year, she was still playing like a top 200 or 250 player. The only reason this isn't evident is because she was playing tour events regularly. When somebody who's a top 250 player plays someone inside the top 100, they will lose just about every time. When Jelena dropped down to challengers for a couple months, she was having competitive matches win or lose with the girls ranked between 150-250. Jelena's form has fallen, but not to the point where she'll be losing matches like this IMO. The only person she has to worry about IMO is Lauren Breadmore because Lauren will stay out there and knock every ball back for hours...and we know Jelena isn't in the best match shape right now. The longer that match goes, the more screwed Jelena will be.

That being said, Beti is better than her ranking. She simply hasn't had the financial resources to travel extensively and only played 12 tournaments this year. If she were to play a full schedule, she'd be around the 200 mark probably. Jelena needs to be on her game or she won't make it through, but I'm predicting a close 7-6 6-3 win for Dokic.

Erika_Angel
Dec 14th, 2005, 11:49 PM
I don't think people are thinking that Jelena can't beat Beti. It is more of that out of the people she could've drawn, Beti is one of the better, in form players.
For Jelena, I think her fans would've much preferred her to start off with someone like Olivia L, a young inexperienced Junior and then perhaps someone like Beti in the 3rd or final rnd of WC Qualifying.
Either way I think she can win, and if she does she should breeze past the other opponents.
Tough draw for Beti though, yes.

Dawn Marie
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:13 AM
I think this is a tougher draw for Jelena. She hasn't had much match play in a long long time. She is playing a player who is in form. note: many players play their ass off in qualifying. Just because they are both down in rank doesn't mean that the match will be easier then a main draw match.

I actually think this is a great thing for Jelena. If she loses she knows that she has alot more work to do and she'll continue to train hard. If she wins it will add more confidence in knowing that she beat a rising player. I don't see her losing out at all.

She needs this test and why not be tested by the top junior??

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:14 AM
She needs this test and why not be tested by the top junior??

I agree with your post, but Beti isn't a junior is she? I thought she was the same age as Jelena.

Mattographer
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:24 AM
I'm huge fan of Jelena Dokic since January 1999 and I also like Beti Sekulovski since I first time saw her matches at Sydney last January. Sekulovski played amazing! If she's not injured at the moment and she would take Dokic out, without a question. She's the favourite for gain the wildcard.

Mattographer
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:26 AM
Dawn Marie, if you meant Sekulovski is a junior player then, you're wrong.

Philip
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:33 AM
will there be live scoring?! :p

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:34 AM
will there be live scoring?! :p

lol very doubtful, but you can be assured as soon as Dokic finishes her match the result will be up on the news websites of Australia lol :lol:

Hachiko
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:35 AM
Go Jelena. But good luck also to Beti, she's a great character.

Hachiko
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:36 AM
Court 6 - Nick Lindahl vs Andrew Coelho

Wow, Nick hits down at my courts. I had no idea he was in a this position...

ceiling_fan
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:01 AM
Imagine... qualifying for the wildcard spot in qualifying... :lol:

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:23 AM
Imagine... qualifying for the wildcard spot in qualifying... :lol:

This wildcard spot isn't for Qualifying. It is for maindraw.

Dawn Marie
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:52 AM
I assumed she was a junior but I don't follow alot of the Australian tennis. :)

They said RISING STAR so I assumed she was some younger new kid. :wavey:

ivanovic
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:07 AM
um I've never heard of Beti Sekulovski.

I predict JD 62 63

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:13 AM
Come on Jelena!!! Soar again, like a a phoenix, seeking to resurect from the Ashes, and become once again who you once were...

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:15 AM
Dokic prepares for qualification match
December 15, 2005 - 4:24PM
www.smh.com.au

Victorian Beti Sekulovski is well placed to judge Jelena Dokic's form as the two prepare for a first round clash in the Australian Open wildcard play-offs starting on Friday.

The match is former world No.4 Dokic's first since returning to Australia from her father-imposed exile as she begins the long battle to resurrect her slumping career.

She has practised with Sekulovski at Melbourne Park this week among the Australian players preparing for the qualification matches for Open wildcard berths - one for women, two for men.

Sekulovski, 22, is back playing singles after being derailed through injury last year and could provide a serious challenge for Dokic.

She was one of the form players on the recent domestic, reaching the final in two challenger tournaments.

In the process she has cut her ranking from 830 in mid-September to 344 in the world - five places better than Dokic, who played her last tour match in August and has an uninspiring 12-10 win-loss record this year, mostly from small events.

Sekulovski has played Dokic once before, in a challenger event in Mt Gambier when they were 14 years old, with Dokic winning 6-4 6-4.

"Jelena's always been a standout from a lot of the girls we see coming through in Australia, she was always someone who hit the ball very well," Sekulovski said.

"She's got a great focus on the court and never holds back."

While admitting Dokic has lost fitness, she still sees her as a stiff test on Friday.

"From what I've seen of her I think she's hitting the ball great, really cleanly, and seems really motivated to get back to where she was," Sekulovski said.

"I think it's been great for me to have the opportunity to be on the court with her and practise with her.

"I'm just happy to be in the draw and be injury-free for once."

Sekulovski anticipated a "good match-up" on Friday.

"I'm just hoping to give it a dip basically and go for it," she said.

Win or lose in these play-offs, Dokic is considered likely to be given a wildcard to the Open because of her proven ability and box office appeal.

Of the leading men, Peter Luczak plays Adam Feeney and Todd Reid meets Alun Jones in the first round.

Hayato
Dec 15th, 2005, 06:18 AM
Wow go Nick Lindahl...he trains at my club :lol: (it's a relatively small club)

KimC&MariaSNo1's
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:32 AM
jelena will win this pretty handily she has got to or she will be having to work extra hard to get in shape for canberra

Alicia Rocks
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:45 AM
isnt jelena playing auckland 1st ??

New
Dec 15th, 2005, 07:54 AM
Go Jelena!!! :bounce:

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:08 AM
isnt jelena playing auckland 1st ??

Yeh Jelena plays:

Aukland
Canberra
Melbourne

A Question about Jelena: if she isn't awarded a MD WC for Aus Open and makes it far in Canberra (SF's or F's) She won't be able to play Qualifying will she? Because doesn't that start before the tournament finishes?
I thought that was the case for some lower ranked players in the last few years who have done really well in the tournaments the week before Aus Open.

F-R-E-A-K
Dec 15th, 2005, 08:56 AM
Jelena :hearts:

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 09:14 AM
Jelena's match is schedualed for 10am on Court 4. :) Good Luck Jelena :)

Babolatpro880
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:28 AM
Yeh Jelena plays:

Aukland
Canberra
Melbourne

A Question about Jelena: if she isn't awarded a MD WC for Aus Open and makes it far in Canberra (SF's or F's) She won't be able to play Qualifying will she? Because doesn't that start before the tournament finishes?
I thought that was the case for some lower ranked players in the last few years who have done really well in the tournaments the week before Aus Open.
Yeah, Melinda Czink withdrew from the AO qualifying this year because she reached the final in Canberra. However, the article said they expect Jelena to get a WC anyway, so I'm not too worried.

Mattographer
Dec 15th, 2005, 10:49 AM
um I've never heard of Beti Sekulovski.

I predict JD 62 63
You obviously don't following challenger tour ;)

Erika_Angel
Dec 15th, 2005, 11:33 AM
You obviously don't following challenger tour ;)

Beti has had good results recently but to be quite honest all the players she has beaten have been rather low ranked. Evie is her best win but she is so hot and cold it isn't funny. Rao is just inside the top 200, everyone else she beat have been relatively low ranked.
It will be interesting, but i'd be worried if Jelena can't manage to win this one.

Jelena has only lost to someone outside the top 200 once this yr and that was a shocking result where she was injured. So she should be able to beat a player like Beti. That being said, with Jelena, you never know.

auntie janie
Dec 15th, 2005, 12:33 PM
Jelena's match is schedualed for 10am on Court 4. :) Good Luck Jelena :)

Good luck, kid! Don't be nervous, just let it flow! :dance:

CooCooCachoo
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:03 PM
Beti has had good results recently but to be quite honest all the players she has beaten have been rather low ranked. Evie is her best win but she is so hot and cold it isn't funny. Rao is just inside the top 200, everyone else she beat have been relatively low ranked.
It will be interesting, but i'd be worried if Jelena can't manage to win this one.

Jelena has only lost to someone outside the top 200 once this yr and that was a shocking result where she was injured. So she should be able to beat a player like Beti. That being said, with Jelena, you never know.

The thing is, Jelena is a headcase. She's got the talent and all that, but her last few matches have not been very impressive, with Abramovic being the best of her most recent scalps. I have no doubt that talent-wise she can beat Sekulovski, but I think Beti has rhythm and mental 'sanity' on her side.

I do hope Jelena can stage a comeback, even though I don't like her. She's got the talent to be in the Top 25 or even higher :cool:

Vamos Feńa
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:34 PM
Good luck sweet Jelena!
Wish you all the best in Australia, take care :hug::hug::hug:

kabuki
Dec 15th, 2005, 01:39 PM
um I've never heard of Beti Sekulovski.

I predict JD 62 63

It's always a good idea to make predictions when you don't even know who one of the players is.

Dominic
Dec 15th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Good luck jelena i know you can do it!