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FleetSeb
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Obviously Dokic fans were ecstatic about her win in Kuala Lumpur, and rightly so after such a long wait between titles and everything she has been through.

However, do people think this is a sign of a career revival or will she continue to be maddeningly inconsistent or even drop completely off the radar again?

There are examples of her demonstrating flashes of brilliance in the past only to fall away again. The 2009 Australian Open is an obvious example. But also last year when she won a number of ITF titles in the summer only to lose in the first round of the USO qualifying. But her success last week is obviously greater than these examples and coupled with her QF in Paris suggests she might build on it.

For my part I do think she could stick around this level, but even at her peak she was always inconsistent. The issues are still there, particularly with movement, but also the serve if its not clicking then she really struggles. So I would anticipate her to stay top 100 this season with maybe a foray towards the lower end of the top 50 but probably not much more, and I don't know if she'll win another title. Nonetheless, even if she doesn't build on this win I'm sure it will be savoured, just curious to see whether people see it as a one-off or a sign of things to come.

thegreendestiny
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:15 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.

backhandsmash
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:17 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.

Yup, afraid so, too. But I'm hoping for the best.

Just Do It
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:18 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.

She plays 100k instead of IW ;)

backhandsmash
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:25 PM
She plays 100k instead of IW ;)

If that's true, I don't think it's such a bad move, really. Better to win a tournament like that and build more momentum, as opposed to being kicked out R1 in IW.

tennnisfannn
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:27 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.
well she will need to pull of major upsets from now on till her ranking improves. even if she were to play IW, she could just as easily draw Kim or some other top player- byt that won't mean she is not improving.

frenchie
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:48 PM
Sh'll finish the year between 30 and 40.

I hope she gets a WC in Bali and gets a lot of points on the ultra fast surface.
Top 30 is doable IMO

Hian
Mar 7th, 2011, 12:52 PM
No

Mattographer
Mar 7th, 2011, 01:03 PM
Too early to ask this question...

Just wait until at least the French Open.

Randy H
Mar 7th, 2011, 01:07 PM
I think it all comes down to Jelena's fitness and health - The motivation is clearly there right now, which is something that I think has been questioned in the past given her issues with depression and personal family battles. The last couple of seasons have been so inconsistent though, because she'll get on a bit of a roll then she'll get injured, disappear for a couple months etc. Too much stop and start. When Dokic is healthy and fit, I think she can go back into the top 30. She improves so much with the more matches she gets from week to week, so as long as she can physically go out there and do that, I think she'll be in good position to keep building on her win.

nevetssllim
Mar 7th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Jelena's achieved a consistent string of solid results in the past few months at as opposted to some results which just come across as a bit of a flash in the pan (e.g. Australian Open 2009) so it does give me belief she'll continue to regain ground in the rankings but Jelena's such an enigma so I don't like to make any bold predictions about what she can do.

Mistress of Evil
Mar 7th, 2011, 02:27 PM
I really hope she gets TOP 30. :awww:

Sammo
Mar 7th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Who knows?

BlueTrees
Mar 7th, 2011, 02:38 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.

Seeing as she's not playing there, somehow I doubt that will happen. :wavey:

Belmont Lad
Mar 7th, 2011, 02:57 PM
If she remains healthy, I see no reason why she won't continue becoming more consistent with her results and climb inside the top 30 by the end of the year. :shrug:

Darop.
Mar 7th, 2011, 05:03 PM
I'd like to say yes, but it's really hard to be sure about it, we'll just have to wait and see :shrug:

As some have already said, even at her peak she was extremely inconsistant. If she stays healthy and keeps playing I think she can end the year at least top 40, albeit with some great wins and some disastrous losses. She really only has about 350 points to defend from here to the end of the year, all concentrated in late summer, which means that even if she stopped playing tournaments for the rest of 2011, she'd still be ranked in the top 130. All this to say, she can basically only go up from here :p

Melange
Mar 7th, 2011, 05:12 PM
If you mean build on her recent form as in get larger, I hope not.

WhatTheDeuce
Mar 7th, 2011, 05:14 PM
Who knows?
That's all I can really think to say. :o Don't wanna make any predictions cause I don't wanna be let down, and honestly, you never know with Jelena.

Ballbasher
Mar 7th, 2011, 05:35 PM
These results come from playing regularly. I believe, if she keeps such a good schedule, she could do something, but you never know with her.

faboozadoo15
Mar 7th, 2011, 05:43 PM
Hopefully all these matches and increased motivation will see her to a fitter version of herself. That's really the only thing holding her back from top30.

$uricate
Mar 7th, 2011, 07:29 PM
I really think she can.

Jelena's last few years have been plagued with injuries, she would get on something of a roll in ITFs then disappear for months.

With Jelena I dont see a player like Hantuchova who was also top 5 but who's game and movement is nowhere near where it was hence her current ranking. With Jelena the game is still there, it needs work as does her movement but she never lost her talent or timing and a lot of her lack of success seems down to her mental state and lack of effort.

If Jelena wants it, Im sure she will get it - she's got the game.


If you mean build on her recent form as in get larger, I hope not.

:o

Though that is a constant worry to Dokic fans.

Ferg
Mar 7th, 2011, 07:34 PM
No.

LightWarrior
Mar 7th, 2011, 07:50 PM
She plays 100k instead of IW ;)

Why does she keep on playing ITF tournaments ? Maybe that is the reason why she won't build on her recent form.

Yorker
Mar 7th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Why does she keep on playing ITF tournaments ? Maybe that is the reason why she won't build on her recent form.

It's actually a really strong tournament, a lot of top 100 players are there. Obviously i'd prefer IW but the chances to go deep are better in the 100k, the list is very strong there for an ITF.

GAGAlady
Mar 7th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Jelena Is special let's jut be happy she made it this far she won't be pulling a captiati but anyways she was never as good as Jen was but at her fittest she was close but it's clear get movement and fitness is an issue and it's not good enough today yo just be fit u have to be ultra fit

mauresmofan
Mar 7th, 2011, 10:26 PM
She seems to be playing a smarter more mature schedule and I don't see any reason she can't be a regular quarter finalist at tour events and build that confidence up. When she hits the ball at her absolute max it really is frighteningly fast but she's doing that less and less and seems content to reign it in and play percentage tennis so seeing as she's won a tournament with that strategy maybe that's the way she'll continue to play but who knows really it's all just speculation but I wish her well.

claypova
Mar 7th, 2011, 10:30 PM
No. She will lose R1 in Indian Wells.

sh';es not even playing there :happy::rolls:

Mattographer
Mar 7th, 2011, 10:54 PM
She doesn't like Indian Wells. I remember a few years ago that she played qualifying and she had to pay for hotel she was staying. The hotel is free for those players in maindraw, not qualifying :o

zhengjieforever
Mar 7th, 2011, 10:54 PM
she's the girl little jie "stole" a wildcard from :lol:

good luck to her :)

tennisforadults
Mar 8th, 2011, 01:28 AM
Smart move to play 100K. There won't be easy matches at IW and she can do with a slightly easier tournament after her Herculean effort at KL.

I see her inside the top 40 by end of the year (if no injuries).

Slutiana
Mar 8th, 2011, 05:01 AM
Jelena's achieved a consistent string of solid results in the past few months at as opposted to some results which just come across as a bit of a flash in the pan (e.g. Australian Open 2009) so it does give me belief she'll continue to regain ground in the rankings but Jelena's such an enigma so I don't like to make any bold predictions about what she can do.
Agreed.

Though it would be brilliant if she could reach the top 40 by Wimbledon or so. Only 300 or so points away.
Why does she keep on playing ITF tournaments ? Maybe that is the reason why she won't build on her recent form.
"Keep on?" It's her first of the year and she isn't even close to being one of the higher ranked players there. Her ranking wasn't high enough to get her into IW.

Navratil
Mar 8th, 2011, 07:00 AM
Well, everybody was so excited about her after the Australian-Open two years ago. And that comeback was much more stunning and the quarterfinal a way bigger achievement.

I really have my doubts. But I'd love to see her much more consistent and being Top 30 or Top 20 again.

She build up her form last year on the ITF-tour winning 3 titles in a row and got better and better this year. We'll see... ;)

So Disrespectful
Mar 8th, 2011, 07:17 AM
Australian Open 2009 as a flash in the pan is really the one exception if you look back at Jelena's career. Usually when she has a great result, she continues on that path. We could see that she was building some momentum towards this anyway with a few 2Rs and those 5 wins in Paris.

Not to say she's suddenly immune to a poor loss here or there (she never has been), but I would honestly be surprised if she started losing to girls outside of the top 50 regularly for the rest of the season. I'll be happy with some QFs across the rest of the hard and clay seasons, draws permitting.

Mashabator
Mar 8th, 2011, 07:25 AM
Obviously Dokic fans were ecstatic about her win in Kuala Lumpur, and rightly so after such a long wait between titles and everything she has been through.

However, do people think this is a sign of a career revival or will she continue to be maddeningly inconsistent or even drop completely off the radar again?

There are examples of her demonstrating flashes of brilliance in the past only to fall away again. The 2009 Australian Open is an obvious example. But also last year when she won a number of ITF titles in the summer only to lose in the first round of the USO qualifying. But her success last week is obviously greater than these examples and coupled with her QF in Paris suggests she might build on it.

For my part I do think she could stick around this level, but even at her peak she was always inconsistent. The issues are still there, particularly with movement, but also the serve if its not clicking then she really struggles. So I would anticipate her to stay top 100 this season with maybe a foray towards the lower end of the top 50 but probably not much more, and I don't know if she'll win another title. Nonetheless, even if she doesn't build on this win I'm sure it will be savoured, just curious to see whether people see it as a one-off or a sign of things to come.

She didnt fall away after AO 2009, straight away. She played so well against Dementieva in the 2R of the french then got injured, and thats what started it.