View Full Version : AO Wild Card Play-Offs [Dec. 15-21; Winner: Jelena Dokic]

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:11 AM

Date: December 15 - 21, 2008
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Blue Group:

Jessica Moore
Brittany Sheed
Tyra Calderwood
Olivia Rogowska

Green Group:

Jelena Dokic
Sophie Letcher
Monika Wejnert
Marija Mirkovic

Magenta Group:

Sophie Ferguson
Alison Bai
Isabella Holland
Shannon Golds

Yellow Group:

Emelyn Starr
Jade Hopper
Mia Vriens
Anna Wishink

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:15 AM
BLUE GROUP1. Brittany Sheed [3 W / 0 L]
2. Jessica Moore [1 W / 1 L]
3. Olivia Rogowska [1 W / 1 L]
4. Tyra Calderwood [0 W / 3 L]
Day 1:

Brittany Sheed beat Jessica Moore | 6-2 6-3
Olivia Rogowska beat Tyra Calderwood | 6-3 6-1

Day 2:

Jessica Moore beat Tyra Calderwood | 6-3 6-1
Brittany Sheed beat Olivia Rogowska | 6-1 6-4

Day 3:

Jessica Moore vs. Olivia Rogowska
Brittany Sheed beat Tyra Calderwood | 6-3 6-2

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:17 AM

1. Monika Wejnert [3 W / 0 L]
2. Jelena Dokic [2 W / 1 L]
3. Sophie Letcher [1 W / 2 L]
4. Marija Mirkovic [0 W / 3 L]

Day 1:

Jelena Dokic beat Sophie Letcher | 6-3 6-0
Monika Wejnert beat Marija Mirkovic | 6-4 6-4

Day 2:

Monika Wejnert beat Jelena Dokic | 4-6 6-3 6-4
Sophie Letcher beat Marija Mirkovic | 7-6 6-4

Day 3:

Jelena Dokic beat Marija Mirkovic | 6-4 6-2
Monika Wejnert beat Sophie Letcher | 7-5 6-3

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:19 AM

1. Sophie Ferguson [3 W / 0 L]
2. Isabella Holland [2 W / 1 L]
3. Shannon Golds [1 W / 2 L]
4. Alison Bai [0 W / 3 L]
Day 1:

Sophie Ferguson beat Alison Bai | 6-2 6-1
Isabella Holland beat Shannon Golds | 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3

Day 2:

Sophie Ferguson beat Isabella Holland | 6-3 6-2
Shannon Golds beat Alison Bai | 6-4 6-4

Day 3:

Sophie Ferguson beat Shannon Golds | 6-4 6-2
Isabella Holland beat Alison Bai | 4-6 6-3 6-3

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:21 AM

1. Anna Wishink [3 W / 0 L]
2. Emelyn Starr [2 W / 1 L]
3. Mia Vriens [1 W / 2 L]
4. Jade Hopper [0 W / 3 L]

Day 1:

Anna Wishink beat Mia Vriens | 6-3 6-0
Emelyn Starr beat Jade Hopper | 6-3 7-6 (2)

Day 2:

Anna Wishink beat Emelyn Starr | 7-5 6-3
Mia Vriens beat Jade Hopper | 6-4 6-4

Day 3:

Emelyn Starr beat Mia Vriens | 6-2 7-6 (2)
Anna Wishink beat Jade Hopper | 6-4 6-0

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:22 AM
Dokic cruises, Sheed upsets Moore

Melbourne Park,15 December 2008
Tennis Australia
Jelena Dokic powered past Sophie Letcher 6-3 6-0 on the opening day's play of the Australian Open Play-off.
Ella Ling

VIDEO: Post-match interviews with Jelena Dokic, Brittany Sheed, Olivia Rogowska and Monika Wejnert (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11501)

Jelena Dokic has kicked off her Australian Open Play-off with a resounding 6-3 6-0 win over Queenslander Sophie Letcher on the first day of play.
After the match, Dokic told tennis.com.au that she was happy with the way she had played.
The former world No.4 said she felt confident of winning the play-off and the wildcard into Australian Open 2009.
“I think I did well last year … and I wasn't feeling as good as I do now and I didn't have as many matches, so I have a lot better shot this year.”
Dokic said she will continue to work on her fitness and footwork in her quest to break back into the world's top 100.
While Dokic was delivering a tennis lesson to Letcher, West Australian Brittany Sheed was busy showing spectators that she was more than comfortable punching above her weight.
Sheed faced Jessica Moore, who is ranked over 400 places higher than her, and defeated her in straight sets 6-2 6-3.
The 17 year old said she was confident going into her match with Moore and it showed. Sheed used her solid ground strokes to great effect against the Australian Open 2008 girls' finalist.
Sheed said she was happy with her form but would be taking the week one match at a time.
Meanwhile, Australian Open 2008 Play-off finalist Olivia Rogowska got off to a good start in the blue group with an impressive 6-3 6-1 win over close friend Tyra Calderwood.
Rogowska withdrew from the Optus 18s Australian Championships last week with a leg injury, but said that is all behind her now thanks to the expertise of the AIS physios.
While Rogowska was a finalist last year, she has been drawn in a tough group. She will have to face both Jessica Moore, who is ranked 138 in the world, and Brittany Sheed who are also in the blue group.
“They're both really tough girls,” said Rogowska. “It's a really tough group, but I'm looking forward to it.
“I got to the final last year, but it would be good to go one better this year.”
In other matches, Queensland's Monika Wejnert defeated Optus 18s Australian Championships winner Marija Mirkovic 6-4 6-4 and Sophie Ferguson raced to a 6-2 6-1 win over Alison Bai.
For all the latest Australian Open Play-off (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13869) scores, draws, news and pics go to tennis.com.au.

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Jessica :smash:

Dec 15th, 2008, 03:28 PM
so Jess lost to Sheed :o :help: ?

Dec 15th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Tijn you should edit second post :p

Moore lost :help:

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:54 PM
Tijn you should edit second post :p

Moore lost :help:

Fixed :o I knew she lost, just made a mistake :smash:

Dec 15th, 2008, 10:56 PM
Missing results added.

Holland beat Golds, 7-6(2) 3-6 6-3
Anna Wishink beat Mia Vriens, 6-3 6-0
Emelyn Starr beat Jade Hopper, 6-3 7-6 (2)

Dec 16th, 2008, 06:37 AM
Wejnert defeated Dokic in 3 sets :o

Dec 16th, 2008, 10:32 AM
Day 2:

Wejnert beat Dokic, 4-6 6-3 6-4
Letcher beat Mirkovic, 7-6 6-4
Moore beat Calderwood, 6-3 6-1
Sheed beat Rogowska, 6-1 6-4
Wishink beat Starr, 7-5 6-3
Vriens beat Hopper, 6-4 6-4
Ferguson beat Holland, 6-3 6-2
Golds beat Bai, 6-4 6-4

Dec 16th, 2008, 10:40 AM
Wejnert upsets Dokic in play-off

Melbourne, 16 December 2008
Rob O'Gorman
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39793.3753261111&blobType=portait Monika Wejnert
Tennis Australia
Jelena Dokic's hopes of obtaining a wildcard into Australian Open 2009 took a step back today when she lost to 18-year-old Queenslander Monica Wejnert at the wildcard play-off.

Dokic, who yesterday defeated Gold Coast teenager Sophie Letcher 6-3 6-0, was slowly ground down by the composed Wejnert 4-6 6-3 6-4.

While many observers considered her a a favourite to win the wildcard, the former world No.4 Dokic made an error-riddled showing on the second day of the round robin play-off.

The field is divided into four groups for the men and four for the women, with the top two in each group progressing to the quarterfinals on Friday. Dokic's next opponent is Marija Mirkovic, who was also beaten by Wejnert yesterday and today fell to Letcher.

Mirkovic was the recent winner of the Optus 18s Australian Championships - an event Wejnert withdrew from because of a wrist injury.

Wejnert, from Brisbane, won her first Pro Circuit title in Perth a few weeks ago and is an emerging talent on the Australian tennis landscape.

"She's probably the highest ranked I've beaten so far in my career so it's great," a delighted Wejnert said after the match.

"I was a bit nervous coming in and [early in the game] she just kind of hit me off court but then I stabilised and it was good.
"She definitely has a great forehand and I knew if I stayed in a cross court rally, she would always come on top of me so I was trying to avoid that as much as possible."

Dec 16th, 2008, 11:07 AM
Go Issy :hearts: :angel:

Just Do It
Dec 16th, 2008, 01:23 PM
Jelena :mad:

Dec 17th, 2008, 01:15 AM
Wishink won 6-4 6-0
Starr won 6-2 7-6(2)

Dec 17th, 2008, 02:48 AM
Ferguson won 6-4 6-2
Holland won 4-6 6-3 6-3

Dec 17th, 2008, 03:17 AM
Dokic won 6-4 6-2

Dec 17th, 2008, 07:45 AM
Anna Wishink :yeah: ;)

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:24 AM
Day 3 Results:

Wishink beat Hopper, 6-4 6-0
Starr beat Vriens, 6-2 7-6 (2)
Ferguson beat Golds, 6-4 6-2
Holland beat Bai, 4-6 6-3 6-3
Dokic beat Mirkovic, 6-4 6-2
Wejnert beat Letcher, 7-5 6-3
Sheed beat Calderwood, 6-3 6-2

Moore vs. Rogowska, 2-6 6-4 0-3, in progress.

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:28 AM
Through to the QF:

Blue Group:

1. Brittany Sheed
2. Jessica Moore OR Olivia Rogowska

Green Group:

1. Monika Wejnert
2. Jelena Dokic

Magenta Group:

1. Sophie Ferguson
2. Isabella Holland

Yellow Group:

1. Anna Wishink
2. Emelyn Starr

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:30 AM
Dokic lives to fight another day

Melbourne Park,17 December 2008
Rob O'Gorman
Jelena Dokic keeps her eyes on the ball during her win over Marija Mirkovic at Melbourne Park.
Ella Ling

VIDEO: Isabella Holland post match interview (http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11501)

Jelena Dokic has kept her Australian Open wildcard hopes alive with a straight sets win over Marija Mirkovic at Melbourne Park today.
Dokic eased past the newly crowned Optus 18s Australian Girl Singles’ Champion 6-4 6-2 to confirm her place in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off.
The former world No.4 had to beat Mirkovic to guarantee her position in the last eight after she lost to 16 year old Monika Wejnert in her second round robin match on Tuesday.
Earlier, Wejnert maintained her unbeaten status for the tournament with a comfortable 7-5 6-3 win over Sophie Letcher.
The Queenslander withdrew from the Optus 18s Australian Girl Singles’ Championships last week with a wrist injury but is now the form player heading into the final stages of the play-off.
In the Magenta Group, Isabella Holland sealed her spot in the quarterfinals with a fighting 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Alison Bai.
Holland, who lost to Mirkovic in the Optus 18s final on Saturday, said she was excited to move one step closer towards playing at the Australian Open.
“It's definitely an exciting thought but I'm just going to go out there and play my game, I've got nothing to lose, I've kind of come in as the underdog so I'm just going to enjoy the experience,” she told tennis.com.au
“Even if it doesn't go my way I'm really just focused on getting some match practice against some of the older girls.”
Sophie Ferguson will also advance from the Magenta Group after she won her third consecutive match for the tournament with a 6-4 6-2 win over Shannon Golds.

Dec 17th, 2008, 08:34 AM
Wishink remains unbeaten

Melbourne Park, 17 December 2008
Rob O'Gorman
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39799.5104555903&blobType=portait Anna Wishink prepares to hit a backhand against Jade Hopper in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off at Melbourne Park.
Ella Ling
Anna Wishink has maintained her unbeaten record in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off with a 6-4 6-0 victory over Jade Hopper at Melbourne Park today.
It was the Tasmanian's third victory in as many days after wins earlier in the week against Emelyn Starr and Mia Vriens.
Wishink is yet to drop a set for the tournament and is now guaranteed to finish on top of her group and advance to the quarterfinals.
In the other Group Yellow match this morning, Emelyn Starr sealed a spot in the quarterfinals with a 6-2 7-6(2) victory over Mia Vriens.
Starr and Vriens both entered the match with one win and one loss each for the week meaning the winner would advance past the round robin stage.
Next on court, Sophie Ferguson will play Shannon Golds while later today Alison Bai faces Isabella Holland.
Ferguson has won both her group matches and is likely to advance while Golds, Holland and Bai all remain in with a chance of reaching the quarterfinals.

Dec 17th, 2008, 06:53 PM
Olivia won 6-2 4-6 6-2

Dec 18th, 2008, 10:15 AM
Olivia won 6-2 4-6 6-2

Jess :o :o :o

This performance seriously jeopardizes her chances of getting a MD WC :(

Dec 18th, 2008, 10:16 AM
From Labamba, on MTF:

Quarterfinal schedule (first match at 11am Friday)

Court 5

Emelyn Starr vs. Sophie Ferguson
Anna Wishink vs. Isabella Holland

Court 6

Peter Luczak v Colin Ebelthite (or Tomic)
Olivia Rogowska v Monika Wejnert
Brendan Mckenzie v Joe Sirianni

Court 7

Brittany Sheed v Jelena Dokic
Carsten Ball v Marinko Matosevic
Sam Groth v Robert Smeets

Dec 18th, 2008, 10:19 AM

Brittany Sheed [#586] vs. Jelena Dokic [#179]
Emelyn Starr [#415] vs. Sophie Ferguson [#270]
Anna Wishink [#505] vs. Isabella Holland [#587]
Olivia Rogowska [#501] vs. Monika Wejnert [#526]

Dec 18th, 2008, 01:32 PM
Is the idea of this play-off that the victor is guaranteed a wildcard? With the losers in the knock-out stages all be guaranteed Qual WCs? And what about the other main draw WCs for Australian players - presumably there will be 4 other WCs besides this one for Australians (+ 1 Asian Champ, 1 French and 1 US)? Have players like Monique Adamczak and Christina Wheeler who are not competing in this play-off already been guaranteed WCs?

Dec 18th, 2008, 04:26 PM
Jess didnt make it out of group :rolleyes: thats pathetic :help:

cn ireland
Dec 18th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Good Luck Jelena! Please make the SF:bounce:!

Dec 18th, 2008, 06:58 PM
Jessica :hug: Maybe she was injured. :confused: I thought she would easily make it to the QF.

Good luck Jelena!!

Dec 19th, 2008, 09:47 PM

Jelena Dokic [#179] beat Brittany Sheed [#586] | 6-2 6-2
Emelyn Starr [#415] beat Sophie Ferguson [#270] | 6-4 2-6 6-4
Isabella Holland [#587] beat Anna Wishink [#505] | 6-4 6-4
Monika Wejnert [#526] beat Olivia Rogowska [#501] | 7-6 (8) 7-6 (3)


Jelena Dokic [#179] vs. Emelyn Starr [#415]
Isabella Holland [#587] vs. Monika Wejnert [#526]

Dec 19th, 2008, 09:50 PM
Sophie :unsure:

Dec 19th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Good Luck JELLY!:bounce:

Tough loss Sophie :hug:

Dec 20th, 2008, 08:55 AM
Good Luck jelena:)

somehow i feel that monika will win though ;)

Dec 20th, 2008, 10:38 AM

Jelena Dokic [#179] beat Emelyn Starr [#415] | 6-1 6-1
Monika Wejnert [#526] beat Isabella Holland [#587] | 6-3 6-4


Jelena Dokic [#179] vs. Monika Wejnert [#526]

Dec 20th, 2008, 10:39 AM
So a Dokic-Wejnert rematch :)

Dec 20th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Great final :)

Dec 21st, 2008, 04:29 PM
Dokic wins Australian Open wildcard

Melbourne Park, 21 December 2008
Rob O'Gorman
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/image.aspx?assetid=RDM39803.5723747106&blobType=portait Jelena Dokic celebrates winning a point against Monika Wejnert in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off Final at Melbourne Park.
Ella Ling
Jelena Dokic has secured a wildcard into Australian Open 2009 after beating teenager Monika Wejnert 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3 in the Wildcard Play-off women’s final at Melbourne Park today.
The 16 year old Wejnert showed composure well beyond her years throughout the epic encounter but ultimately came up short as the more experienced Dokic held sway in the final set.
Dokic, who lost to Wejnert earlier in the week during the round robin stage, said she felt nervous before the match and was relieved to come away with the win.
“She came in today with absolutely no pressure, she's played well all week and she's beaten everybody so the pressure was on me to beat her today,” Dokic said.
“I lost to her in the group so I really felt nervous going out there and the conditions were really, really difficult the first two sets so I'm happy to have come through but it was not an easy match, it was not a pretty match but I did what I had to do.”
“I think the nerves set the whole match for me today and straight away from the beginning they were there and kind of didn't let go until the third set.”
In a high quality affair, Wejnert raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set and held three set points at 5-4 before Dokic broke back to force the set into a tiebreaker. Wejnert showed plenty of composure to win the tiebreak 7-3 and claim the first set.
In the second set, Wejnert scored a break of serve to lead 4-3 before Dokic broke straight back to level the set at 4-4.
Wejnert then served a double fault on break point to hand Dokic the second set 7-5.
In the third set, Dokic saved a break point at 2-3 and then stormed away to take the set 6-3 and secure a main draw spot in Australian Open 2009.
“I played a good game there at 3-2 and just never looked back from there, just played three really, really good games,” Dokic said.
“I don't have to worry about the Australian Open now, I came into here wanting to play qualifying but to be in the main draw gives me two tournaments before the Open to play, which is extra practice which is good.”
Wejnert said she was disappointed to fall short in the third set but pleased with her effort in the tournament.
“Definitely it's a bit of a disappointment obviously but I played really well and I felt my game's improving so I really got out what I came for,” Wejnert said.

Dec 21st, 2008, 04:35 PM
Jelena :hearts:

Dec 22nd, 2008, 01:20 AM
she won....:D:D:D

Great Jelena!!!

Love ya!

V&SWilliams Fan
Dec 22nd, 2008, 03:32 AM
Good on Dokic, she has a rough road but she can do well in the AO.

Dec 22nd, 2008, 07:34 AM
Well done jelena:worship: