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tennnisfannn
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:23 AM
2001saw the stunnng comeback of Capriati
2006 the return of Hingis
2007 the Serena comeback
2009 looking like a Dokic story

fufuqifuqishahah
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:26 AM
2008 the Sharapova smashing the draw.



yes maybe it will be. it will be even a greater fairy tale if she gets further! :D

SM
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:30 AM
It already is a fairytale even if it ends in R3.

Tamira and Chaky are no pushovers...especially Chaky tonight, she played great aggressive tennis in the latter second set to win it

Rik.
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:31 AM
She will lose in R3 to Caro :shrug:

BartoliBabes
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:32 AM
yes def is, its been gr8 tourny whatever now

tennisbear7
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:32 AM
I think she'll lose to the Woz, but she's still a winner in my eyes. :hearts:

Steff_forever
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:33 AM
I won't change my name again back to DaniDoki-addict again...

KEEP GOING JELENA, this is your tourn !!!

SM
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:34 AM
I think with this experience and new found confidence, shes genuinely ready to return tot he WTA tour.

Heck, in her current form she will be a contender at smaller WTA tourns

Huntress55
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:35 AM
I dont know about fairytale, if she can get past R3, maybe.

But even if she loses in R3, it'll still be a successfull AO for her and give her plenty of confidence :D

BartoliBabes
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:40 AM
is it 90 or 180 points she gets for 3rd round?

switz
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:43 AM
No matter what happens now she's put her name back on the radar. i genuinely believe she can beat Wozniacki.

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:44 AM
Interesting... she will have to face Dinara in the 4th round, and if she wins, Ana (possibly) awaits in the QF.

Then there's Jelena Jankovic (again, possibly) in the SF...

Wow, a giantkilling act in the making?

Rik.
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:46 AM
is it 90 or 180 points she gets for 3rd round?

160 :p

AnomyBC
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:48 AM
I want Dokic to have a fairytale run, but I want Wozniacki to have a fairytale run even more, so sadly I have to root for her in this next match... especially since Dokic has already taken out my Chaky :sad:

Sharapova's_Boy
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:54 AM
Without a doubt.

:worship:

IMPOSSIBLE
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:54 AM
Yep ;)

GeeTee
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:57 AM
Je;ena will be up to about 145 in the world with this win. One more and she's up 2 about 120. Sheesh - if she really can go at least one more round, I wouldn't have a heart attack if she beat Ana, comparing their current form.. but let's take things one step at a time....

Noctis
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:01 AM
Why not? We got our fairy god mother Kimiko,Thunder witch sesil,3 pixels fairies (Ana,Dani,Chaky) 2 America Queens (Venus and Re) A 9 life cat (dinara)
and a AdorableDonkey. Most of all an emotional Princess Jelena (What a fairy tale :eek:

Jakeev
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:01 AM
The hard work is so paying off for Jelena and it's exciting to see. She really still has a big game but and even though she had quite a few nervous moments, I was shocked at how poised and mature she has become.

She is definitely a feel good story of the Open.

tennisboi
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:20 AM
I hope Jelena's fitness will be up to the task if so she can do it:)

Sam L
Jan 21st, 2009, 11:46 AM
Venus d. Dokic

louisa.
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:00 PM
:inlove: it would be awesome to see her make it to the 4th and beyond.

vadin124
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:08 PM
don't forget Dellacqua's 2008 run...taking out Mauresmo and Schnyder en-route to a Last 16 finish...that was a fairytale too :D

Robshots
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:16 PM
I was glued to tonights match, I thouroughly enjoyed it and was glad for her to win, next round will be tougher but as aforementioned, win lose or draw she can be proud of what she has achieved and hopefully it is the start of a consistant season for her.

SM
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:18 PM
Jelena Dokic is fast becoming one of the most compelling stories of this tournament, and she created another intriguing chapter by beating 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze in a sizzler of a night session match on Wednesday. Dokic’s resurgence has given the public – both in her adopted country and around the world – the chance to get to know this complex and characterful young woman a little more than they did when she first burst onto the scene as a teenager. In those days, Dokic hit the ball fiercely and proved, by reaching as high as No. 4 in the world, that she had talent in abundance - but the controversy surrounding her father Damir rather eclipsed her personality. Perhaps as a consequence of what must have been an immensely difficult personal life, Dokic was guarded in public. Now, estranged from her father and back under Australian colours after a short-lived return to Serbia – a move encouraged by Damir - she has opened her heart.


“You know, I will regret the decision that I made. I can say that I made it under the influence of my dad, but I will regret leaving for the rest of my life. It will always be the mistake that I made,” said Dokic, when asked about the crowd’s reaction to her against Chakvetadze. “It’s really amazing. The crowd has just gotten better and better every year. But I think tonight was an amazing experience. It's been the best that I've ever had. I don't expect everybody to understand, of course. But, look, I'm trying my best. I'm fighting and playing for this country. I'm proud to play for this country again. So, you know, I think by the reaction tonight people have really … things have swung my way, and I'm really happy about that. I was really glad to make the decision three years ago to come back.”


Many of those in the crowd at Rod Laver Arena must have read her compelling but rather sad story in the local newspapers, and it is one of the reasons why her arrival on court was greeted with a throaty roar. Granted, the Melbourne Park faithful like to get behind their home players, but their reaction to Dokic was about more than that; it was a warm rush of empathy which welcomed her back onto one of the sport’s biggest stages. Dokic does not give much away on court, but the television pictures of her waiting for announcer Craig Willis to say her name told their own story about what it meant for her to be back on centre court. In the doorway and just out of the public’s view, her eyes shone and she allowed herself a brief smile before Willis’s trademark tone beckoned her on to court. Her demeanor changed instantly as the game face came down and she walked out, ready to do battle against Chakvetadze.


Together, they produced a match of enduring quality and drama, and arguably the pick of the women’s matches so far at this tournament. There were times when they were so closely matched in their standards and styles of play that it was hard to distinguish between them, dressed as they were in green and white and sporting almost matching ponytails. Dokic’s game is a tad less crafty than Chakvetadze’s, for the Russian has a remarkable knack for surprise and disguise in her shots. But she could not match Dokic for purity of ball striking. The only threat to Dokic’s chances of winning seemed to be the sheer importance of the match to the Australian, and there was a distinct wobble when she first came to serve for it at 5-3 up in the second set. The crowd willed her to finish Chakvetadze off, but the Russian’s obstinacy and some frazzled nerves from the home player saw to it that there would be a third set. Dokic, to her credit, regrouped quickly after losing the tiebreaker and was soon up a break and set fair on her journey back to the big time.


“Thank you all for supporting me,” Dokic told the crowd afterwards, her voice cracking with emotion. “It’s great. I really wanted to put in a good performance in tonight. This crowd really pulled me through, and they were unbelievable. No matter what happens from here, this has been an amazing experience and a memory I will not forget for a long time.”
She even got a laugh out of them when she was asked about how she thought she might fare against talented young Dane Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. “Honestly? I don’t care,” she said, before that smile of hers returned. After all that Dokic has been through, you could not blame her for wanting to enjoy her moment to the full.

- she defines it as her best tennis moment in her career :)

Golovinjured.
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:25 PM
:bigcry::bigcry:

Jelena is taking over GM, as it should be.

nabfunky
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:33 PM
let's see, right now there are nine threads on dokic on the main gm page alone. :eek: you guys do realize that this is the classic recipe for jinxing someone, don't you? maybe you should take it a little easy on the hype, no? :)

because if caroline beats her, well, you won't have much to talk about.

SM
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:42 PM
Caroline should beat her, thats not the point, for us Dokic fans...who have waited 5 years, let us enjoy this moment.

Petersmiler
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:53 PM
Caroline should beat her, thats not the point, for us Dokic fans...who have waited 5 years, let us enjoy this moment.


Yeah, exactly. It's been a long wait. She may well lose to Wozzi but that's hardly the point!

Petersmiler
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:54 PM
Oh, and does this make it 10 threads? lol

Hayato
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:58 PM
Lighten up a little, officer?

Everyone is just excited that Jelena scored her first top 20 victory in 5 years. That is quite a feat you know.

People are excited, that's all. With good reason.

Kirt12255
Jan 21st, 2009, 12:59 PM
Or perhaps we love the game of tennis and appreciate it when someone creates magic from no-where? Should I make another 2 on Dokic? Just to calm your nerves? ;)

shaktincredible
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:01 PM
i like dokic and hate to see her being overrated.

chuvack
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:03 PM
maybe it's just a reflection of how boring the WTA has become. Dokic is the only real story these days.

auah5
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:07 PM
Exactly!
No offence or anything, I dont know why cant Nabfunky let people speak what they feel.

It doesnt matter for us if Caro will win later or whatsoever as she is the favourite anyway. What makes us happy is how emotional wins so far for Dokic after her tough period and come back with such an amazing tennis.

Get it, mate? :)

Kirt12255
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:10 PM
i like dokic and hate to see her being overrated.:lol::lol:
overrated? are you 14...ish? If she played like she did for a set and a half...Wozniaki will be belted...overrated? LMAO:lol::lol:

Steff_forever
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:15 PM
let's see, right now there are nine threads on dokic on the main gm page alone. :eek: you guys do realize that this is the classic recipe for jinxing someone, don't you? maybe you should take it a little easy on the hype, no? :)

because if caroline beats her, well, you won't have much to talk about.
if you would size up her fate properly you'd know why so many real fans (and fans who knocked her like I did :smash: ) show up to celebrate now.

The is NO HYPE - this is just a sentimental orgasm :kiss:

frupachino
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:22 PM
No matter what happens now she's put her name back on the radar. i genuinely believe she can beat Wozniacki.

Me too.

new-york
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:24 PM
Interesting... she will have to face Dinara in the 4th round, and if she wins, Ana (possibly) awaits in the QF.

Then there's Jelena Jankovic (again, possibly) in the SF...

Wow, a giantkilling act in the making?

don't forget about that young blonde girl who's been winning few matches lately.

SM
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:25 PM
i like dokic and hate to see her being overrated.
none of us are making any bold predictions. heck us true jelena fans know she might be outclassed next round, thats not to say caroline is better....but jelena needs alot more tournaments like this before shes ready to beat the very best

CrossCourt~Rally
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:25 PM
Nice article and interview with Jelly :yeah:

Kirt12255
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:29 PM
none of us are making any bold predictions. heck us true jelena fans know she might be outclassed next round, thats not to say caroline is better....but jelena needs alot more tournaments like this before shes ready to beat the very best
I think she'd ready mate...her demenour on court was first class.;)

ZeroSOFInfinity
Jan 21st, 2009, 01:43 PM
don't forget about that young blonde girl who's been winning few matches lately.

Dani? Hmm... yeap ;)

RJWCapriati
Jan 21st, 2009, 09:54 PM
She'll have to do better than a 3rd round to make it a "fairy tale"

AcesHigh
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:09 PM
She's getting overrated on here.. but that's not a surprise as people are so quick to overreact. She'll lose in the next round or the one after that.. and we'll forget about it in teh second week when things will get really interesting.

The big story of AO 2009 is definitely not going to be Dokic.. it'll be JJ/Dementieva/Safina/etc. winning her first slam, Venus finally winning a slam outside of Wimbledon, Ana returning to form, or Serena possibly returning to domination.

Brooklyn90
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:13 PM
Her coming back at all is a "fairy tale" :)

Hagar
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:15 PM
It would be great if she could come back. And she's got what it takes to be top20, even top10. If the body holds up and the mind remains clear, it should be no problem.

IceHock
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:32 PM
you naysayers let jelena fans have their moment, my god she quits the game for 4 years, comes back out of shape and a year later she is back in shape playing good tennis, this isn't about her beating players, it's about her just being on the court and enjoying every minute of it. fans aren't even predicting her to beat woz and she herself said she didn't care, this is about enjoying the mere fact that she is happy, so let it go.

Ciarán
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:34 PM
From where was to where she is. This isn't a fairytale story, but one of hard work and commitment. Which IMO is more admirable.

Alenyaa
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:40 PM
I think getting to the point where she is now already is a victory in itself.
She's resurfacing from the depths life made her fall to, and I for one never thought, never even dared hope she'd ever find herself at this level again. Or to see her so happy again.
We can only hope it will get even better for her. It would be great for tennis in general to have her back as well.

Here's to hope!

RenaSlam.
Jan 21st, 2009, 10:42 PM
Step to Jelena Dokic. STEP.

Sammm
Jan 22nd, 2009, 12:27 AM
Agree with Euphoriaa :wavey:

Btw, did Jelena used to have a much stronger Australian accent? From what I remember, she always she used to sound Australian when she spoke, even though she and her family moved there quite late. But now in her interiews it definitely sounds like English is not her mother tongue. :confused::confused:

ms_nut
Jan 22nd, 2009, 01:38 AM
Agree with Euphoriaa :wavey:

Btw, did Jelena used to have a much stronger Australian accent? From what I remember, she always she used to sound Australian when she spoke, even though she and her family moved there quite late. But now in her interiews it definitely sounds like English is not her mother tongue. :confused::confused:

I was thinking that as well today when she was speaking at a press conference.. i was like.. she doesn't sound as Australian as she used to .. she has an eastern european accent.. the Dokic i know used to speak like an Australian...:confused: It's been so long i hardly can remember...:hearts: but i do remember a 15 year old Dokic taking over Australia after winning the Hopman cup with Phillipoussis and recording wins over Coetzer etc...was it 1999? Nice to see Dokic finally back...She has matured tremendously though.. she seems very humble to me.

Alenyaa
Jan 22nd, 2009, 03:24 AM
Nice to see Dokic finally back...She has matured tremendously though.. she seems very humble to me.

I'm fairly sure she is. I know I would be if I were in her shoes.

Sammm
Jan 22nd, 2009, 10:33 AM
I was thinking that as well today when she was speaking at a press conference.. i was like.. she doesn't sound as Australian as she used to .. she has an eastern european accent.. the Dokic i know used to speak like an Australian...:confused: It's been so long i hardly can remember...:hearts: but i do remember a 15 year old Dokic taking over Australia after winning the Hopman cup with Phillipoussis and recording wins over Coetzer etc...was it 1999? Nice to see Dokic finally back...She has matured tremendously though.. she seems very humble to me.
I am SO glad someone else noticed her accent change...I thought I was going crazy.

I also agree about how humble she is now, and how she's just enjoying the game :) I also love her honesty: when she was asked about her next match with Wozniaki and was like I don't care :haha: :lol: It was so refreshing to see her really be satisfied with that match and not automatically start thinking about the next. :hearts:

colt13
Jan 22nd, 2009, 12:13 PM
She is the fairy tale since Sesil lost. That means no qualies left and one wild card- i wonder who that is?

WhatTheDeuce
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:07 PM
Maybe she's not the fairy tale of the entire tournament, but it's a fairy tale in it's own right for Dokic and us fans, that's for sure.

Mr. Magassi
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:15 PM
Dokic's run at this tourney kind of reminds me of Capriati's 2000 run at OZ... she took out a low seed in the 1st round and made it to the semis losing to Davenport (the eventualy champion)... I wish her the best -- nothing greater than a comeback story like this!

Temperenka
Jan 22nd, 2009, 04:19 PM
I'd say one more win would do it. Who does she play next?

Lindsayfan32
Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:52 PM
Of course Jelena is the fairy tale of Australian open. For one she's playing again and I never thought she'd still be around in the 3rd round. I just hope the fairy tale continues tonight and even if it doesn't I'm back on the Jelena bandwagon. :)

Mchstnate
Jan 22nd, 2009, 11:55 PM
does anyone else think it will be Safina? Despite the set she lost, she has looked awesome, and after she lost the set she only got better.