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andrewbroad
Dec 21st, 2008, 10:22 PM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Jelena has won a wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open 2009!

rr + Sophie Letcher, 6-3 6-0
rr - Monika Wejnert, 6-4 3-6 4-6
rr + Marija Mirkovic, 6-4 6-2

qf + Brittany Sheed, 6-2 6-2
sf + Emelyn Starr, 6-1 6-1
_f + Monika Wejnert, 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3

I'm delighted for Jelena. I haven't had much to say to the JD community in the last two years, with her not having played the few tournaments I vowed to still report on when I took my current job, but I still love her so much; my heart bleeds for her when I read about how she was battling severe depression for two years (after her well-documented family-problems), but 2008 has been something of an encouraging turnaround, with Jelena winning three ITF singles-titles, and coming out trimmer, fitter and more confident than in 2004-2007. I just hope that she can reestablish herself on the WTA Tour in 2009, before it's too late.

I can't believe it's been 9˝ years since I inducted Jelena into my Eternal Fanship!

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Photos
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1. http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/
(there are photos with this week's articles)

2. http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=13869
(photos in various places around the site, e.g. "Photos", and "News" under "AO Play-off")

3. http://tennisrulz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7770&page=15 (pp.15-18)

4. http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=363520

5. Search Getty Images for "dokic"

Jelena's beauty is well documented, and while she may not be quite as delectable at 25 as of old, there are certainly some real gems of her from this week.

Monika Wejnert has been a real discovery for me this week. Her results have been impressive (Jelena was the only player to beat her at the wild-card play-off, or even take a set off her), and she also looks very cute. I hope she too manages to find a way into the Australian Open 2009, despite not winning the play-off. Certainly a name to look out for in the future!

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Videos
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Videos (match-highlights & interviews):
http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/default.aspx?id=4&pageId=11501

The highlights: The cameras are close up on the players at all times, so you don't get to see any of the rallies, but you do get a good impression of strokes and footwork. Jelena's fantastic groundstrokes of flairsome power are obviously well documented, and she looks to be moving well too. Wejnert looks a bit lightweight, with slow take-backs on her groundstrokes, but she does seem to accelerate suddenly to the point of impact, especially on her backhand.

The interviews: Jelena's accent is a lot more Serbian and less Australian than it was in the days when her interviews were regularly televised.

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Pretournament articles
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Dokić to launch Australian Open bid [Teletext 495->498] (Tuesday 25th November 2008)
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Dokić eyes Open place [Teletext 498]

Former world No.4 Jelena Dokić is determined to earn her place in January's Australian Open after being denied a wild card last year.

The 25-year-old, now world No.177, will contest the wild-card play-off next month, where the winner earns direct entry into the main draw.

Tournament-director Craig Tiley said: "She will have an opportunity, but she will have to earn it."
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http://tennis.com/news/ticker.aspx (Tuesday 25th November 2008)
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Jelena Dokić will try to qualify for next year's Australian Open, report Australian press. The former Top-5 player, now ranked No.177, is competing for Australia again, and would be eligible for Tennis Australia's wildcard play-offs.
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Dokić eyes up Australian Open berth [Teletext 495->498] (Monday 8th December 2008)
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Dokić eyes Aussie Open [Teletext 498]

Jelena Dokić has returned to Australia from her Monte Carlo home as she prepares to try and gain a wild-card entry into the Australian Open.

The former Serbia & Montenegro ace, 25, is training for the 15th-21st December play-off, with the winner gaining entry into the Major event.

Dokić - a world No.4 in 2002 - has resurrected her career, and patched up her relationship with Tennis Australia.
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Dokić buries hatchet with Aussie Open, guns for wildcard (Reuters, Monday 8th December 2008)
Writing by Ossian Shine; editing by Ed Osmond
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Peace has broken out in Jelena Dokić's war of words with the Australian Open after she apologised for lashing the Major tournament when she was overlooked for a wild-card entry this year.

Former world number-four Dokić, who, together with her firebrand-father Damir, has endured a rocky relationship with Australian tennis-officials for years, most recently hit out over a perceived lack of support.

"I definitely think I deserved a wild card into the main draw," she raged in January after being overlooked for the 2008 tournament.

"I think I've done more in one week, and had more big wins in one week, than some of those girls have in their whole careers," she said of the unheralded recipients.

Yugoslav-born Dokić also accused wild-card selectors of a conflict of interest. Some were involved in coaching candidates for the four free spots into the main draw.

Dokić represented Australia until switching to Serbia and Montenegro in 2001 following a fall-out with her adopted nation, but then switched back to Australia in 2006.

Back in Melbourne to play for a wild-card berth in the 2009 Open, however, Dokić is adopting a conciliatory tone.

"I have apologised to him [Open tournament-director Craig Tiley] and Tennis Australia," she told reporters. "I made some remarks in January that were out of line.

"At the time, I should not have said that."

Dokić is competing in the Australian Open play-off from 15th-21st December. The men's and women's singles winners from the week-long event will gain wild-card entries into the year's first Major, which begins on 19th January.

Dokić's ranking went into freefall, and she dropped out of the world's top 600 after missing most of 2007. She resurrected her career this year, however, with three titles on the second-tier ITF-circuit, and has climbed back up to 179th.
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My comment:
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I don't see why Jelena should have had to apologise. After all that she's done for Australian tennis over the years, it is they who should be apologising for denying her a wild card for the Australian Open 2008. Instead of setting conditions, they should be down on their knees, begging for her to play in their Major!
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Dokić back on track for Aussie Open [Teletext 495->498] (Tuesday 9th December 2008)
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Dokić on track in Oz [Teletext 498]

Former world No.4 Jelena Dokić admitted the 2009 season is her last chance to return to the big time - beginning with her Australian Open qualifying-bid.

The 25-year-old, back in Melbourne to compete for an entry into the Major, believes she is capable of resurrecting her career.

She said: "I have worked hard and think I am close to having a good year. If I get in the draw, it would be great."
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Jelena Dokić aware that time is ticking to regain top form (Tuesday 9th December 2008)
By Roger Vaughan (Fox Sports/AAP)
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Jelena Dokić's tennis-career is in a vastly better state than a year ago, but she knows time is running out to regain her star-billing.

The 25-year-old is back in Melbourne to prepare for the 15th-21st December Australian Open wildcard play-off.

Last summer, she needed a rigorous fitness-regimen before Christmas to shed 10kg of excess weight.

Then, Dokić slammed the Australian Open when the tournament did not grant her a discretionary wildcard.

But, after a poor start to 2008, Dokić flourished and brought her international ranking up to #179: the best since 2004.

She is now Australia's fourth-ranked player, but is mindful that next year will be crucial.

Dokić was ranked as high as fourth in the world six years ago.

Asked if 2009 would be the last chance to again reach such heights in the sport, Dokić replied: "I would think so - I mean, you always have chances, but I did get my ranking up this year, I'm on track.

"I'm in the best shape I've probably been in the last four years, I've made a couple of steps forward and I need to continue for the next six months.

"I think I'm on the way, I didn't play a full schedule this year and I still got my ranking up enough to be in the quallies of tournaments.

"I've worked hard on my physical and mental condition, I think I'm close to having a really good year."

Dokić has also apologised to Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley for her comments at the start of the year.

She says if the qualifiers are her lot, then so be it.

"I made some remarks in January that were a little bit out of line, and at the time, I shouldn't have said anything.

"I regret what I said... I just hope everyone understands that and I'm just here to do the play-off.

"I don't expect anything, I'm in the 'quallies' and I'm happy with that.

"If I get in the main draw, that will be great, but also if I have to play quallies, it's not a bad idea, either."

Dokić spent five weeks practising in Germany before returning to Australia, and looked fit and sharp during a practice-session.

Her play-off opponents will include West Australian Jessica Moore, ranked 138th in the world, and Monique Adamczak of New South Wales, who is 203rd.

"It's just like every year: we're here to compete, and it will depend on who's in the best form," Dokić said.

"I feel good, I've been training a lot, training hard, and I give myself just as much of a chance as anyone else.

"I have some confidence now... the [wild-card] play-off will be a really, really good test for me."
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Dokić begins tilt at Open berth
Jesse Hogan (The Age, Monday 15th December 2008)
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A fit-again Jelena Dokić will today try to make her Christmas and New Year a little less stressful by securing early entry into the main draw of the Australian Open.

Dokić is one of 16 women competing for a solitary place in the Open, to be earned through winning the wild-card play-off tournament beginning today at Melbourne Park.

The tournament, which also has a men's draw, gives local players a chance to qualify for next month's Major tournament without having to get through the official qualifying-tournament, which is open to all nationalities.

Dokić's ranking of #179 is a far cry from her peak of No.4 in 2002, although the trim 25-year-old said she was much fitter than she had been during recent Open qualifying-attempts.

"I've played a lot more this year and got my ranking up enough to get into qualifying for all of the [Australian] events, so it's been a lot better... it's probably the best year I've had in the last three years," Dokić said.

"There's still work to do. With the lack of matches and play, and starting from zero, I'm not where I want to be, but considering how much I've played — I put all the hard work in, especially at the end of the season — I think I've done a good job."

Dokić, who has been in Melbourne for a week, is easily the oldest in her group, in which she will play 18-year-old Marija Mirkovic and 16-year-olds Monika Wejnert and Sophie Letcher.

Other entrants in the women's draw include Jessica Moore - who reached the second round of this year's Australian and US Opens - Sophie Ferguson and Jade Hopper.
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Wild-card play-off: Round robin (Monday 15th December 2008)
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+ Jelena Dokić [EF] d. Sophie Letcher, 6-3 6-0

Dokić off to a flying start in Open play-off (The Age/AAP)
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Trim, fit and confident, Jelena Dokić made a flying start to the Australian Open wild-card play-off on Monday.

The former world No.4 walloped Gold Coast junior Sophie Letcher 6-3 6-0 as she set her sights firmly on a spot in the first Major of the year next month.

Dokić entered this week's play-offs fitter than at any point in recent years - and with the results that have been consistently missing in the past.

Still just 25, Dokić has armed herself with three ITF titles and months of solid training aimed at building her speed and strength.

And she showed today there was a steely attitude to her latest comeback.

"I didn't have to play to my maximum," Dokić said.

"I feel like I've come into this play-off with more confidence than usual - I've already come into this with some matches and good practice, so it was not so hard to get used to the conditions."

She said it was hard to judge her form and her potential, but expected a lot of improvement.

"Obviously I think I'm not close [to my best], and I still need more matches and still more work, but compared to 12 months ago, I think I've made a huge improvement.

"In this play-off, the first match I've had was a lot more comfortable than I had last year."

Dokić said she had concentrated on off-court work rather than hitting balls this year.

"I haven't been hitting that much; I've just been really focusing on my fitness-work: gymwork, footwork, a lot of running, endurance, everything," she said.

"I've improved my serve a lot, and I think everything will come together as I go forward."
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Wild-card play-off: Round robin (Tuesday 16th December 2008)
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- Jelena Dokić [EF] lt. Monika Wejnert, 6-4 3-6 4-6

Dokić falters in Aussie Open charge [Teletext 495->498] (Tuesday 16th December 2008)
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Dokić in Aussie Open blow [Teletext 498]

Former world No.4 Jelena Dokić saw her hopes of reaching the Australian Open dented when she lost in the wild-card play-offs at Melbourne Park.

The Australian former Wimbledon- and Olympic semi-finalist - now ranked #179 in the world - was defeated 4-6 6-3 6-4 by 18-year-old Monika Wejnert.

But Dokić can still qualify for the latter stages as she bids to reach her first Major in three years.
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Dokić loses to Aussie junior (Tuesday 16th December 2008)
By Kim Trengove
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2008-12-16/200812151229306478280.html
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Jelena Dokić's hopes of obtaining a wildcard into Australian Open 2009 took a step back today when she lost to 18-year-old Queenslander Monika Wejnert at the wildcard play-off.

Dokić, 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 wild card, the former world No.4 Dokić 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 quarter-finals on Friday. Dokić'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 crosscourt rally, she would always come on top of me, so I was trying to avoid that as much as possible."
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Wild-card play-off: Round robin (Wednesday 17th December 2008)
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+ Jelena Dokić [EF] d. Marija Mirkovic, 6-4 6-2

Dokić keeps wildcard-hopes alive
By Tennis Australia
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/articles/2008-12-17/200812171229496642138.html
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Jelena Dokić has kept her Australian Open wildcard-hopes alive with a straight-sets win over Marija Mirkovic at Melbourne Park today.

Dokić eased past the newly-crowned Optus 18s Australian Girls' Singles Champion 6-4 6-2 to confirm her place in Friday's quarter-finals 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 Girls' 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 quarter-finals 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 said.

"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.
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Timing the key for Jelena Dokić
Bruce Matthews (Herald Sun)
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A scratchy Jelena Dokić knows she must cut the rust from her powerful groundstrokes to stay in the hunt for an Australian Open wild card.

Dokić rebounded from a shock second-round defeat in the round-robin series with a 6-4 6-2 win against teenager Marija Mirkovic at Melbourne Park yesterday to qualify for tomorrow's quarter-finals.

"I think I really have to step it up now. I play the top player from another group [West Australian Brittany Sheed], and there's no room for errors, bad points or bad games, or lack of concentration," Dokić said.

While Tuesday's loss to 16-year-old Monika Wejnert was a wake-up call for Dokić, the former world No.4 is still struggling for timing with her lack of match-practice.

"I had a really horrible performance yesterday. I really didn't focus much at all in a match I should've won. It was a little bit better today, but I still need to improve a lot," Dokić said.

"I wanted to win in two sets, to have a comfortable match to try and get into the quarter-finals.

"Maybe it was good because it was better today, but I'm still just a little frustrated with yesterday. Even if I didn't get through, it would've been my own fault.

"I always prefer to try to win all the [round-robin] matches, because you can get yourself in an uncomfortable position and you never know, you mightn't get through. So it's good that I'm through."

Dokić said she was still struggling with the pace on the slower Melbourne Park outside courts.

"I've come from a much faster surface and indoors, and I'm standing too far back," she said.

"Sometimes my footwork is off, so it's just the timing."
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Wild-card play-off: Quarter-finals (Friday 19th December 2008)
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+ Jelena Dokić [EF] d. Brittany Sheed, 6-2 6-2

Dokić lifts Australian Open chances [Teletext 495->498]
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Dokić boosts Aussie hopes [Teletext 498]

Former world No.4 Jelena Dokić secured her place in the semi-finals with a comfortable victory against Brittany Sheed.

Dokić defeated the Australian teenager 6-2 6-2 at Melbourne Park to set up a clash with Emelyn Starr, who stunned world No.270 Sophie Ferguson.
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Dokić through to AO Wildcard Play-off semi-finals (Tennis Australia)
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Jelena Dokić won through to the Australian Open Play-off semi-finals on a day in which many of the other favourites were sent packing.

Dokić proved too strong for West Australian teenager Brittany Sheed 6-2 6-2 at Melbourne Park this morning, and will now play Grafton 20-year-old Emelyn Starr, who upset the highly-ranked Sophie Ferguson from New South Wales in three sets.
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Dokić sets sights on Fed Cup return
Ella Ling (Tennis Australia)
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[Jelena Dokić is through to the Australian Open Play-off semi-finals.]

Jelena Dokić breezed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open Play-off today, and then revealed she was in talks to return to the Fed Cup squad.

The former world No.4 crushed West Australian teenager Brittany Sheed 6-2 6-2 in just 53 minutes as she zeroed in on a spot in next month's Major event.

She then said she was anxious to represent Australia in international competition again.

"Sure. Of course I would love to play Fed Cup. I think in the previous times that I've played, I've always been available," Dokić said.

"If I get called for Fed Cup, I would love to play.

"We have been talking, but even for the first tournament, it's too early to say anything."

Dokić has had preliminary discussions with Fed Cup captain David Taylor and Tennis Australia officials.

She is back on friendly terms with TA and Open tournament-director Craig Tiley after levelling a blast at them for refusing her a wild card into the 2008 Open last January.

"Just generally, Tennis Australia [considered] my first step was to come here," she said.

"And I really wanted to apologise, which I did, for my comments last year to everybody - not just to Craig Tiley and Tennis Australia, but all the coaches.

"I think they were all affected by that, and that was the first step for me.

"So I've done that, [and] I just wanted to do the play-offs, see how well I can do here, and whatever happens from now on is a bonus for me."

Dokić, a former Wimbledon semi-finalist, has won five WTA titles, and has a 9:2 singles-record in Fed Cup for Australia.

She is currently ranked #179 - back inside 200 for the first time since 2004 - and is Australia's fourth-highest-ranked player.

Dokić is noticeably fitter and leaner than last year, and said she was more confident in her latest comeback-attempt following consistently good results on the world-tour this season.

"Every year, I say that I just wanted to get a couple of matches in the play-offs," she said.

"This year, I did a lot better than last year, and I'm playing a lot better, which is good.

"I think it's going well. It's going slowly, but I'm going forward."

Dokić will now meet Tamworth's Emelyn Starr for a place in the final – Starr defeated Sydney's Sophie Ferguson 6-4 2-6 6-4.

In other quarter-final matches, Colin Ebelthite upset Davis Cup player Peter Luczak 6-4 6-2, Carsten Ball went down to Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-7(9) 6-3, and Monika Wejnert defeated Olivia Rogowska 7-6(8) 7-6(3).
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Jelena Dokić through to semis of Australian Open wild-card play-off
Bruce Matthews (Herald Sun/AAP)
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Jelena Dokić is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open wild-card play-off after beating Britanny Sheed this morning.

Dokić took just 53 minutes to beat the WA-based Sheed 6-2 6-2.

The former world No.4 was impressive in difficult conditions, handling the gusty wind much better than her less experienced opponent.

After breaking serve in the opening game, Dokić remained in control apart from a lapse late in the second set when she dropped serve once.

Dokić is in her best form for several years, and collected three ITF titles this year.

She said she had been steadily gathering pace during this week's tournament.

"It was good; I played calm, steady tennis and safe tennis," Dokić said.

"She can be a tough player, she was No.1 in her group and she beat the No.1 seed.

"I watched her play a little bit and she can hit the ball well, but I had to keep her moving and not make errors."

Yesterday, Dokić rebounded from a shock second-round defeat in the round-robin series with a 6-4 6-2 win against teenager Marija Mirkovic at Melbourne Park.
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Dokić is ready to answer the call
Linda Pearce (The Sydney Morning Herald)
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Having moved to within two wins of only her second main-draw Australian Open appearance in nine years, Jelena Dokić is also back in contention for a Fed Cup recall, yesterday declaring herself available to represent her adopted nation for the first time since 2000.

Fed Cup coach Nicole Bradtke was at Melbourne Park to watch Dokić crush West Australian teenager Brittany Sheed 6-2 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Open's wildcard play-off, and will return for today's semi against Emelyn Starr to provide an informal report for captain David Taylor. Australia play an Asia-Oceania zone qualifying-series in Perth in February.

"That fourth position [behind Samantha Stosur, Casey Dell'Acqua and doubles-stalwart Rennae Stubbs] is definitely up for grabs for a number of girls, Jelena being one - and I guess Sophie Ferguson, Jess Moore - so Dave's just asked me to have a look at her," Bradtke said. "She was very impressive today, and she looks in great shape."

Dokić built a 9:3 record in nine ties for Australia after a famous début in 1998, before switching allegiances to her homeland: Serbia. She is now eligible to play for Australia again, and ranked No.4 nationally, while attempting to claw back the goodwill lost through her ill-advised criticism of Tennis Australia last January.

"If I get called for Fed Cup, I would love to play," said Dokić, who added that she had spoken with TA officials, including Taylor, who also coaches Stosur. "I think my first step was to come here, and I really wanted to apologise - which I did - for my comments last year to everybody."

Dokić, 25, has a fractured relationship with at least one of her potential Fed Cup teammates, and a second player was cautious last week when asked whether a recall had been earned, but Bradtke said "the big picture" desire to return to the World Group suggested the best players should be chosen, regardless. "I'd like to think that the girls were mature enough to get beyond that," she said. "I think everyone deserves a second chance."

While top-seeded Moore failed to qualify for the quarter-finals, Ferguson yesterday was beaten by Starr: the 20-year-old surprise from Grafton. The other women's semi will be contested by teenagers Monika Wejnert and Isabella Holland.
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Wild-card play-off: Semi-finals (Saturday 20th December 2008)
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+ Jelena Dokić [EF] d. Emelyn Starr, 6-1 6-1

DOKIC CLOSING IN ON AUSTRALIAN OPEN [Teletext 495->496]
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Dokić into wild-card final [Teletext 496]

Jelena Dokić hammered Emelyn Starr to reach the Australian Open play-off final and earn a chance of revenge against Monika Wejnert.

The former world No.4, beaten by Wejnert in the round-robin stage, cruised to a 6-1 6-1 win over her unheralded opponent at Melbourne Park.

Wejnert beat fellow teenager Isabella Holland 6-4 6-4 in her semi-final, and has dropped only one set all week.
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Dokić, Wejnert advance to final
By Rob O'Gorman (www.australianopen.com (http://www.australianopen.com))
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Jelena Dokić has sealed her place in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off final with a blistering 6-1 6-1 defeat of Emelyn Starr at Melbourne Park today.

Dokić was far too strong for the Grafton 20-year-old, and will now face a rematch against Queensland teenager Monika Wejnert in Sunday's final after Wejnert beat Isabella Holland 6-3 6-4.

The former world No.4 said she was focused on reversing her loss to Wejnert earlier in the week, in tomorrow's final.

"After my loss [to Wejnert] in the round robin, I was really disappointed.

"I had really tried to focus a lot more, and that was a careless performance and shouldn't have happened, so maybe it was good for me in a way.

"I would like to play her again; I think it would be a good test for me.

"I was actually up in that match, even considering I didn't play that well, so that's why I was disappointed that I lost and really lost my concentration at the end.

"But in a way it helped me; I've really put up my level in the last three days."

Wejnert said she was pleased with her performance today, and was looking forward to tomorrow's final.

"Yeah, it was a great match and I was playing well, so hopefully I will keep it up for tomorrow," Wejnert said.

"I've had some very tough matches and I'm playing well, so hopefully I will keep going."

The 16-year-old has been the stand-out performer this week in the play-off, with five consecutive wins over older opponents.

Wejnert, who pulled out of last week's Optus 18s Australian Girls' Singles Championships, said she would not be intimidated coming up against the more experienced Dokić in the final.

"It's not really important; they're just a normal person and they're beatable - anyone is beatable," she said.

"I'm guessing she's a bit more polished this time, so I'm looking forward to the match."

"I've always wanted to play in the Australian Open, and this is obviously giving me an opportunity to get there."
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Dokić in Australian Open wild-card final (The Sydney Morning Herald/AAP)
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Jelena Dokić has set up a re-match with Queensland junior Monika Wejnert for an Australian Open wild-card spot.

The pair both sailed into Sunday's play-off final with straight-sets victories on Saturday.

Dokić beat Tamworth's Emelyn Starr 6-1 6-1, and Wejnert scored a 6-3 6-4 win over Isabella Holland.

Sixteen-year-old Wejnert inflicted Dokić's only defeat of the play-off tournament earlier in the week when she upset the former World No.4.

Dokić, who said she was anxious to atone for her slip-up in the event, said the key to her two unfussed wins in the past two days was her decision not to rush her game.

"I was taking too many risks considering that I haven't played matches in the last two or three months," she said.

"So I tried to get that under control and get my timing together.

"I'm still not playing to my maximum, and I'm trying to get there slowly.

"I was trying to do it too fast and too soon in the first two matches, and was just making some unnecessary errors.

"After my loss [to Wejnert] in the round robin, I was really disappointed.

"I had really tried to focus a lot more, and that was a careless performance and shouldn't have happened, so maybe it was good for me in a way.

"I would like to play her again; I think it would be a good test for me.

"I was actually up in that match, even considering I didn't play that well so that's why I was disappointed that I lost, and really lost my concentration at the end.

"But in a way it helped me; I've really put up my level in the last three days."

Dokić said were she to win the wildcard play-off, she would go into her first round in next month's Australian Open on a high.

"If I can win here, it would be a huge step for me, just considering the confidence that you gain."
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Wild-card play-off: Final (Sunday 21st December 2008)
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+ Jelena Dokić [EF] d. Monika Wejnert, 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3

First set:
DOKIĆ ___* * *@* *_ 6(3)
WEJNE *@* * *___* T 7(7) (Wejnert had 3 SPs at *5-3)

Second set:
DOKIĆ _@ @*__@* *@ 7
WEJNE @ @__*@__*__ 5

Third set:
DOKIĆ *@___@*@* 6
WEJNE __@*@____ 3

DOKIC FIGHTBACK EARNS WILD-CARD SPOT [Teletext 495->496] (Sunday 21st December 2008)
>>>
Dokić earns wild-card spot [Teletext 496]

Jelena Dokić secured a wild-card place in the Australian Open after coming from behind to beat Monika Wejnert.

Wejnert, 16, won the opening set on a tiebreak at Melbourne Park, but Dokić hit back from a break down in the second to win 6-7 (3/7) 7-5 6-3.

She said: "I think the nerves set the whole match for me today, and straight away from the beginning, they were there and didn't let go until the third set."
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Dokić wins wild card at Australian Open (AP)
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Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Jelena Dokić won a wild-card spot at next month's Australian Open by beating Monika Wejnert 6-7(3) 7-5 6-3 in a play-off on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Dokić - a former No.4 in 2002 - fell behind 0-3 in the opening set, but recovered for the win in a play-off organised by Tennis Australia to allocate the spots for local players.

She will now attempt to qualify for tune-up tournaments in Brisbane and Hobart before taking her place in the main draw at Melbourne Park beginning on 19th January.

"I don't have to worry about the Australian Open now," Dokić said. "I came into here wanting to play qualifying, but to be in the main draw gives me two tournaments before the Open to play."

A series of injuries and personal problems - many of them involving her father Damir - accompanied Dokić's ranking plummet to #617 in 2006.

But she won three ITF titles this year, and has improved her ranking to #179: her first time inside the top 200 in four years.

Dokić moved to Australia with her family in 1994, but renounced her former home in 2001, and took up citizenship in her native Serbia. She decided to play again for Australia in 2006.

She was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2000, losing in straight sets to Lindsay Davenport, but made bigger headlines there the year before when, as a 16-year-old qualifier, she beat No.1 Martina Hingis in the first round.

Dokić, who has five career WTA singles-titles, said she no longer speaks to her father, who has been kicked out of the US Open, Wimbledon and other tournaments for volatile outbursts. When the family left Australia, Damir Dokić also implied that the Australian Open draw was rigged against his daughter.
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Dokić wins Australian Open wild card
By Rob O'Gorman (www.australianopen.com (http://www.australianopen.com))
>>>
Jelena Dokić has secured a wild card 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 Dokić held sway in the final set.

Dokić, 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," Dokić 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 Dokić broke back to force the set into a tiebreak. 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 Dokić broke straight back to level the set at 4-4.

Wejnert then served a double fault on break-point to hand Dokić the second set 7-5.

In the third set, Dokić saved a break point at 2-3, and then stormed away to take the set 6-3 and secure a main-draw spot in the 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," Dokić 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.
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--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 19th, 2009, 01:54 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. UK TV-alert
3. First-round draw
4. Jelena Dokić preview
5. Order of Play for Monday

Master-thread for Andrew's Australian Open 2009 reports:
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364478

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1. Photos
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Jelena practising:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/galleries/2009-01-17/200901171232119992546.html

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2. UK TV-alert
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The evening-sessions on Rod Laver Arena will be televised on BBCi from 08:25 GMT each day of the tournament (digital viewers press Red or select the appropriate Freeview-channel: it could be either 301 or 302).

This coverage will consist of the women's match on the evening-session of the Rod Laver Arena (on days that there is one), followed by the men's match, followed by recorded coverage of these matches (or Andy Murray's match) on a continuous loop.

Additionally, all Andy Murray's matches will be televised live on either BBC 1 or BBC 2 (his first match is on Tuesday). I think it's quite possible that bits of other matches might be shown in these programmes if Murray's match starts late or finishes early, as was occasionally the case when the BBC used to do this for Tim Henman.

Other Australian Open coverage on BBC television:
* Saturday 24th January: highlights on BBC 1 (13:00 to 14:30 GMT);
* Saturday 31st January: highlights of Women's Singles final on BBC 2 (13:00 to 14:00 GMT);
* Sunday 1st February: Men's Singles final live on BBC 2 (from 08:30 GMT).

The Women's Singles final will be on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session for the first time this year, therefore it will be live on BBCi.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6102132.stm

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3. First-round draw
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Key
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[Q] qualifier
[WC] wild card
[LL] lucky loser
[EF] member of my Eternal Fanship
[DF] member of my demi-fanship
[s] Selesian
(* ?x v ?y) I prefer ?x to win
(!) enthusiastic support
(!!) very enthusiastic support!
(my loyalty is to ?x) I like both players, but prefer ?x
(my Reason says ?x, but my Passion says ?y) I prefer ?x in tennis-terms, but want ?y to win because she's more attractive
(my Passion says ?x, but my Reason says ?y) I find ?x more attractive, but want ?y to win because I prefer her game


3.1 Top quarter
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] v Yvonne Meusburger
* Kirsten Flipkens v Rossana de los Ríos (komaan Kirsten!)
* Viktoriya Kutuzova [Q] v Nathalie Dechy (davai Viktoriya!)
* AI SUGIYAMA [26] v Stéphanie Dubois [Q]

* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v SYBILLE BAMMER [24] (POJĎME LUCIE!!)
* Marina Eraković v Petra Cetkovská (slight preference to Marina)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v Karolina Šprem [Q,DF] (my Reason says Karolina, but my Passion says Tsvetana)
* MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] v Melanie South (allez Marion!)

* Yaroslava Shvedova v NADIA PETROVA [10] (davai Yari!)
* Sania Mirza [DF] v Marta Domachowska (my loyalty is to Sania)
* Monika Wejnert [WC] v Karin Knapp (go Monika!)
* ÁGNES SZÁVAY [23] v Galina Voskoboeva

* MARIA KIRILENKO [27,DF] v Sara Errani (davai Maria!)
* Monica Niculescu [s] v Katie O'Brien [Q] (my Passion says Katie, but my Reason says Monica)
* Maria Elena Camerin v Edina Gallovits (forza Maria Elena!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Magdaléna Rybáriková [DF] (my loyalty is to VERA)


3.2 Second quarter
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* Alla Kudryavtseva v DINARA SAFINA [3] (Kud is the lesser of two evils)
* Aravane Rezaď v Ekaterina Makarova (allez Aravane!)
* Patricia Mayr v Julia Schruff [Q]
* Kimiko Date Krumm [Q] v KAIA KANEPI [25] (ganbatte Kimiko!)

* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v Casey Dell'Acqua (POĎME DANIELA!!)
* Mathilde Johansson v Jill Craybas (allez Mathilde!)
* Andrea Petković v Kathrin Wörle [Q]
* ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v Mariya Koryttseva (allez Alizé!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] v Shahar Pe'er (my loyalty is to Caroline)
* Virginia Ruano Pascual v Mariana Duque Marino (ˇvamos Virginia!)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v Tamira Paszek (GO JELENA!!)
* ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF] v Anne Keothavong (DAVAI ANNA!!)

* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] v Sofia Arvidsson
* Barbora Záhlavova Strýcová v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* Yanina Wickmayer v Alberta Brianti [Q] (komaan Yanina!)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v Julia Görges (my loyalty is to Ana)


3.3 Third quarter
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [6] v Angelique Kerber
* Roberta Vinci v Carla Suárez Navarro (forza Roberta!)
* Melanie Oudin [Q] v Akgul Amanmuradova
* María José Martínez Sánchez v TAMARINE TANASUGARN [32]

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] v Isabella Holland [WC]
* Elena Vesnina v Julie Coin (davai Elena!)
* Jessica Moore [WC] v Christina McHale [WC] (go Jessica!)
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v Mara Santangelo (forza Flavia!)

* Kristina Mladenović [WC] v PATTY SCHNYDER [14]
* Jarmila Gajdošová v Virginie Razzano
* Hsieh,Su-Wei [s] v Chan,Yung-Jan (jia you Su-Wei!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Chanelle Scheepers [Q] (poďme Domi!)

* Sabine Lisicki v ALEKSANDRA WOZNIAK [30] (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* Klára Zakopalová v Samantha Stosur (pojďme Klára!)
* Iveta Benešová v Vera Dushevina (pojďme Iveta!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Kristina Barrois (davai Elena!)


3.4 Bottom quarter
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* Anastasia Rodionova v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]
* Ayumi Morita [s] v Tatjana Malek (my Passion says Tatjana, but my Reason says Ayumi)
* Nicole Vaidišová [EF] v Séverine Brémond (POJĎME NICOLE!!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v Olivia Rogowska [WC] (davai Alyona!)

* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Camille Pin (jia you Jie!)
* Sorana Cîrstea v Melinda Czink (hai Sorana!)
* Ekateryna Bychkova v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (davai Ekateryna)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA [9]

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v Petra Kvitová
* Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tathiana Garbin
* Elena Baltacha [Q] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld (go Elena!)
* Olga Govortsova v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (davai Olga!)

* Peng,Shuai [s] v FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE [28] (jia you Shuai!)
* Sesil Karatantcheva [Q] v Nuria Llagostera Vives
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v Anastasiya Yakimova (ˇvamos Gisela!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v Yuan,Meng [WC]

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4. Jelena Dokić preview
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Ten years ago, Jelena looked like a world #1 in the making. She thrashed Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 at Wimbledon 1999, Venus Williams 6-1 6-2 at Rome 2000, won five WTA singles-titles and reached a career-high ranking of #4. But then her well-documented family-problems caught up with her, and she fell off the tennis-radar, battling depression and injuries.

2008 was a something of an encouraging turnaround for Jelena, as she compiled a 35:10 win/loss record mainly on the ITF circuit, winning three ITF singles-titles, working her way back to her current ranking of #187. She gained her place at the Australian Open by winning the wild-card play-off tournament in December.

Jelena's 7-6 7-6 loss to Amélie Mauresmo at Brisbane was encouraging, as she hadn't played someone ranked as high as #23 for years. Less encouraging is that she pulled out of Hobart-qualifying after spraining her right Achilles' tendon while practising. "The Australian Open is still 10 days away, so I still have some time, which is good, and I should be all right," she said.

Jelena is at the crossroads of her career, as she has indicated that she might retire if she fails to reestablish herself on the WTA Tour in 2009. So it's very important that she takes advantage of her wild-card opportunities in Australia, otherwise she'll be struggling to get into WTA tournaments and the other three Majors later in the year.


4.1 First round
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Jelena starts against #80-ranked 18-year-old Tamira Paszek, whom she's never played before.

Paszek has amazing groundstrokes, and was very impressive as a 16-year-old in 2007. She took a set off Maria Sharapova at Birmingham, and reached a career-high ranking of #35 after reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon with wins over #17 Tatiana Golovin and #13 Elena Dementieva; she also reached the fourth round of the US Open with a win over #12 Patty Schnyder.

Paszek suffered a sophomore-slump in 2008, with a win/loss record of 16:18 after her 33:18 of 2007. The nadir was a 6-match losing-streak that included a 6-1 6-0 loss to Tamarine Tanasugarn at Birmingham. She looked so fat then, and yet two months later, she upset world #1 Ana Ivanović at Montréal and looked quite delectable!

Paszek reached the final of Bali 2008 with wins over #16 Flavia Pennetta and #11 Daniela Hantuchová, although she was hammered 6-3 6-0 by Schnyder in that final. Paszek finished 2008 on a 3-match losing-streak, and it's Jelena's job to extend that to 4 matches here.

It's a difficult match to call, as Paszek has been so up and down in the last year. If she's down on Monday, then the resurgent Jelena definitely has a chance.


4.2 Second round
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If Jelena beats Paszek, she should be facing a mouthwatering second-round match with Anna Chakvetadze [17], although having to lose one of them in the second round feels like a dagger in my heart!

Anna slumped from #6 to #18 in 2008 following a traumatic ordeal in December 2007 in which she was tied up by housebreakers, although she did manage to win Paris and reach the New Haven final. But her win/loss record was only 28:23.

Anna beat Sania Mirza 6-4 6-4 as Team Russia reached the final of the Hong Kong exhibition, and her 7-6 6-3 loss to Venus Williams was encouraging, considering that Williams thrashed #1 Jelena Janković and #7 Vera Zvonarëva both 6-2 6-2 in that tournament!

Less encouraging was Anna's 3-6 6-4 6-4 loss to Gisela Dulko in another rubber of the Hong Kong final, and then her 7-6 1-6 7-5 loss to #44 Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round of Hobart - after leading 5-2 in the third set!

Despite Anna's struggles, I think she would have too much game for Jelena at this stage of Jelena's comeback (they've never played each other before). Anna has groundstrokes of flairsome power like Jelena, but plays with greater variety, has better defensive skills, and is so deceptive! For Anna, it's just a matter of cutting out the unforced errors that plagued her in 2008.


4.3 Third round
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Should Jelena upset the odds to reach her first Major third round since Wimbledon 2003, her likely opponent would be 18-year-old Caroline Wozniacki [11].

After a surprising loss to #76 Elena Vesnina at Auckland, Wozniacki had a very impressive Sydney, thrashing #19 Dominika Cibulková 6-1 6-2 and #110 Melanie South 6-2 6-0. She then had three match-points against Serena Williams before losing 6-7 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

I saw a few points of that match at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com (http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com). The way Wozniacki stranded Williams with a pinpoint crosscourt forehand to set up a down-the-line forehand winner suggests great things for Wozniacki in 2009!

Wozniacki has been tipped to upset Ana Ivanović [5] in the fourth round, so it's not looking too optimistic for Jelena in the third round!

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5. Order of Play for Monday
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Hisense Arena (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WS 1r: Julia Görges v ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF]
MS 1r: Juan Martín del Potro v Mischa Zverev
WS 1r: Jelena Dokić [EF] v Tamira Paszek
MS 1r: MARAT SAFIN [26] v Ivan Navarro

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 21st, 2009, 02:15 AM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos / Videos
2. First-round review: Dokić v Paszek
3. Second-round draw
4. Second-round preview
5. Order of play for Wednesday

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1. Photos / Videos
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1.1 Photos
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Jelena Dokić:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta040344.html

Various players including Jelena:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7836743.stm


1.2 Videos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/multimedia/default_video.asp
- Day 1 Highlights: Jelena Dokić breaking down in her press-conference

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2. First-round review: Dokić v Paszek (Monday 19th January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. Tamira Paszek, 6-2 3-6 6-4

This match took place in the Australian mid-afternoon, while I was sleeping in England, so it was very pleasant to wake up and see that Jelena had won a main-draw singles-match at the Australian Open for the first time since 1999!

That seems unbelievable, but she suffered first-round exits in 2000, 2001 (to Lindsay Davenport) and 2006, boycotted the Australian Open in 2002-2005, and was too low-ranked to get into the main draw in 2007-2008.


2.1 Statistics
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The match took 1h48m (first set 29m, second set 39m, third set 40m).

Both girls had negative W:UE ratios: Jelena 35:49 (12:12 in the first set, then 23:37 for the next two combined), Paszek 12:28. In other words, Jelena was tending to dominate with her own winners and errors, giving Paszek few chances to take the initiative (although she did have a positive W:UE of 5:4 for the second set).

Jelena got 67% of her first serves in, winning 72% of the points when she did so, and 40% on second serve. These percentages didn't vary tremendously from set to set.

The corresponding percentages for Paszek were 57%, 69% and 47%, after she pulled them up from (39%, 67%, 29%) in the first set.

Jelena served 10 aces (6 in the second set) and 9 double faults (5 in the first set), Paszek no aces and 7 double faults.

Jelena broke 5 times from 9 BPs (two breaks in the first set, three in the third), while Paszek was very wasteful, converting only 4 of 15 BPs (just one of 7 in the third set).

In a very baseline-oriented encounter, Jelena won 3 of 8 points at the net (mostly in the third set: 2 of 5), Paszek 2 of 2.

In points, Jelena won 88-82 (first set 28-20, second set 25-30, third set 35-32).


2.2 Jelena's first-round press-conference
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Source: www.australianopen.com

Q. How did you feel serving out the match today? Had a lot of close first-round matches.

JELENA DOKIĆ: That was a while ago. But having that first match of the year in Brisbane really helped. Had some chances there, which I missed. I think probably would have happened today if I didn't have that much under my belt.

It was good to be in that position. You know, I kind of had a match where I was winning in Brisbane and lost it. So it was good to have that one.

I played a pretty comfortable game at 5-4. I served well, but I was tight.

Q. How satisfying is that, to get a win in a Grand Slam? [sic] Do you feel the pressure is off your shoulders?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I don't think there was any pressure on me, because she's 70 in the world. She was the clear favourite in this match still, just like Amélie [Mauresmo] was in Brisbane.

I knew I had a chance to beat her if I played well. I practised with her a couple of times. I knew if I can hang in there, not make too much errors, kind of hang in the match, I knew I could have a shot.

After I won the first set, I really got nervous. But it's great. This is huge for me. You know, after pretty much a three-year absence, to start the year with a win at a Grand Slam [sic] is really huge for me.

I didn't really have any goals or expectations for myself for the first three or four months of the year. I just wanted to work really hard and see what I can do.

Q. Compared to the Mauresmo-match, quality-wise do you think you were better, worse?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No, I think I played much better against Amélie. That was a solid match for me. I didn't get nervous at all. Even though I had those chances, I missed them. She played some good points.

Today I was really, really nervous. I don't know if I ever had my right hand that tight, you know. Pretty much cramped up, especially in the third set.

But you can't help the nerves sometimes. It was a pretty big court for me to play on straight up. Yeah, it was a little bit of everything. I'm glad that I got through. I really played the big points well, which I'm really proud of myself. I really played the third set well.

You know, she had some chances, and I did as well. I won a couple of those close games.

Q. Do you feel like you need to take the next step? There's Casey [Dell'Acqua] and Sam [Stosur] left. Do you feel like you need to take another step and get the No.1 spot in Australian women's tennis back?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I mean, we're all out here competing. I think Sam's a great player. She really has the potential to be a top-twenty player. She really has the big shots.

Casey I don't know so well. I haven't watched her play that much. She had a pretty good year last year.

I'm not out here to compete against them. I'm out here to do as best as I can and see how far I can do, then try to challenge the best in the world.

It would be great to be the No.1 Australian, of course. But, you know, at this stage this is not my goal. I still have a long way to go. I'm just trying to work hard every day, every practice-session, every gym-session. For me, this is what I need to do right now.

Q. You had a lot of support out there. Do you actually hear the crowd at all, or do you block it out to stay focused?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No, I did. It was good. Especially after I lost the second set, I got up in the third, they really got behind me, which was great. I don't know when was the last time that the crowd was really like that. I think it was even better than in Brisbane.

It was a good feeling. At 5-4 going to serve, at 30-All, they were really behind me. So it was great to have that.

Q. You have a new clothing-sponsor?

JELENA DOKIĆ: We're working on it. <smiling>

Q. Can you tell us about how difficult it was to come back, because you've been for such a long time trying to play competitively.

JELENA DOKIĆ: I was trying, but it was not really there. I had other issues going on in my life. I think that was obvious. I battled severe depression for about two years. Didn't play for months at a time. Was really seriously thinking about not playing.

You know, tennis is not the most important thing in the world, but it's something that I love. I was very disappointed when I couldn't play well. It was a tough time in my life. I had a lot to go through, a lot of family-issues.

It's really a miracle for me. It's really emotional to win today. What I had to go through, it's really great to have this win. I don't think a lot of people know what it means to me. <tearing up> It's great to be here at a Grand Slam [sic].

Q. What kept you going?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I don't know. It was tough at times. But, you know, sometimes you just try to believe; you have faith. God was my No.1 priority. I really turned to that. Just a few people that were around in my life helped out, so...

Yeah, I don't know how I turned it around, because this time last year, I was still trying. You know, I gave myself another six months, just tried to hang in there. You know, I'm trying to get ahold of it now and try not to go back again, try not to get in that stage of my life.

But I think it's over. I think I dealt with everything. You know, I'm really enjoying my tennis. It doesn't really have anything to do with ranking, money or anything. I just really love the game.

I think if I didn't like it so much, I don't think I would have played again.

Q. How are you feeling physically? You had a bit of an injury coming in.

JELENA DOKIĆ: It was not as serious as it seemed at first. It was more precaution, because a Grand Slam [sic] is a priority always. But it's good. It's no problems today. Also, fitness-wise I feel pretty good.

Q. What's the longest you went without touching a racquet?

JELENA DOKIĆ: About seven or eight months. That was in 2007. Yeah, I was really struggling with everything: with my weight, with my mental state, with everything.

Q. Did you ever think then [that] you would be in this position again?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No. That's why I said I wanted to take small steps. Satellites was the first goal. I did well last year. Didn't play a full year, but I did well.

For me to even play, I think I played a good match against Amélie in Brisbane. To win today is absolutely amazing. People think, "Oh, it's just the first round of a Grand Slam [sic]." But for me, it's a lot.

I pretty much went three years without playing. I heard on the men's side, like Hewitt and Baghdatis had injuries and they were off for four months. For me, I was laughing at that because I was out for three years. People don't know how hard it is to get back, to play in matches.

It's really difficult, but I think I've picked it up pretty quickly - even surprised myself.

Q. After you hadn't picked up a racquet for so many months in 2007, was there one thing that made you pick it up and start again?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No. I mean, I don't know. Just something clicked overnight. Like I said, I was dealing with so much stuff. I pretty much lost my family. Had no one there. Was really struggling. You know, people sometimes think you go off, you go on a holiday, you start partying and stuff like that. But it was not what happened with me. I wish it was. But I had really serious stuff to deal with.

I said to myself at the end of 2007, "I will really try to get back in shape and give it one more shot." I played pretty well in Hobart, Australian Open last year. Kind of went step by step. Yeah, if I didn't have a little bit of a comeback in 2008, I wouldn't have played any more.

I was trying. I really wanted to give it one last shot. It was just a matter of whether I would be mentally strong enough again to play at this level and to compete, so...

Q. Do you have any expectations for the future?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Not at all. Like I said, I dealt with so much off the court that this is a joke to me now. Even though I still get nervous in matches like today, really this is like I'm really enjoying to be here every day. I went through Hell and back. This is hopefully a reward for me for everything I went through.

I will try my best. If it ends up to be top 50 or top 20 or top 10, I'll be happy, as long as I can play for a few more years.

Q. Have you mended that relationship with your family?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No. I don't talk to my father.

Q. You don't talk to him?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No. I haven't for years. I talk to my mom. We're mending that relationship. As soon as I left home, my relationship, you know, went down the hill with my dad. It went down the hill with my whole family.

The biggest thing I regret is my brother, who is eight years younger than me. I didn't have contact with him for years until the last 12 months. That was the hardest thing to deal with.

But, yeah, I still feel like I've lost them. I will try my best, you know, to do what I can to patch up my things with my brother and my mom. I'm trying to do that. It will be difficult.

But it's not just that. I had so much to go through while my dad was on the Tour. I was just so young, and just had no real idea what was going on. But it was real difficult to take all that, what was going on off the court, all the outbursts. It was not easy to play with that. I played with a huge pressure on my shoulders. I kind of just cracked by the time I was 19 already.

Q. Away from your family and your personal drive to get back on the court, who has been the biggest influence for you?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I can really say only one person for about three or four years. Like I said, I'm trying to mend the relationship with my brother and my mom. But my boyfriend was there. We've been together for six years. He was there with me.

So it was probably even tougher for him at times than it was for me because he had to watch me go through all that. It was a constant battle every day, just how I will be, whether I will be able to get out of bed. He was there the whole time no matter what.

Yeah, that was probably the person that I have to thank the most for being here. A lot of it goes to him, so... [end of interview]


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Dokić a winner again at Melbourne Park
By Matthew Trollope (www.australianopen.com)
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Jelena Dokić has finally rejoined the winners' circle at Melbourne Park, moving through to the second round for the first time in 10 years by defeating Austrian Tamira Paszek in three sets: 6-2 3-6 6-4.

The Australian last won her first round match in 1999, reaching the third round as a 15-year-old wildcard.

Today on Hisense Arena, she held her nerve when serving for the match to record a hard-fought victory.

Dokić began in scintillating fashion, showcasing her ball-striking ability in easily claiming the first set.

Games went on serve in the second set until Paszek, currently ranked world No.80, broke serve to lead 4-3. From there, Dokić made a number of errors, and the Austrian broke again to take the match into a third set.

Dokić's game continued to be littered with errors as she quickly went down 0-1.

Impressively, she managed to tighten up her game, finding the court with her stinging drives and vastly-improved serve, and jumping to a 4-1 lead.

Errors then crept back into Dokić's game and Paszek recovered a break, but the Australian demonstrated a cool head in producing a delicate dropshot followed by a powerful serve + forehand combination to go up 5-3.

After Paszek held, Dokić came out to serve for the match, and courageously went for her shots, whipping a crosscourt forehand winner on her second match-point to progress.

Quick facts:
* Dokić hit 10 aces to Paszek's none.
* Dokić struck 35 winners, compared to just 12 from the Austrian.
* The Australian committed 49 unforced errors to Paszek's 28.
* Paszek was wasteful on break-points, converting only four of 15.
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Janković & Ivanović make progress (BBC Sport)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7836741.stm
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Jelena Dokić, who had not reached the second round of a Major event since 2003, did just that with a 6-2 3-6 6-4 win against Tamira Paszek.

The 25-year-old, now back playing under the Australian flag, is hoping to launch a comeback after seeing her ranking slide to #187.

"I was so nervous today - it was a big match for me," she said.

"I wasn't the favourite, but I knew I had a chance. The crowd helped me - it's been a while, but it's great to be back."
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Dokić Delivers on Day 1
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2895
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Dokić makes the cut

A pair of indirect entrants into the main draw - namely Kimiko Date Krumm and Jelena Dokić, who both made it as high as No.4 in the world in years past - drew large crowds on Day 1 as well.

Dokić, who won an Australian Open wildcard play-off during the off-season to gain entry, won a see-saw battle with Tamira Paszek: 6-2 3-6 6-4. It was her first Major main-draw win since the 2003 season, having fallen first round in all four of her Majors played since then. She was elated after the win.

"Having that first match of the year in Brisbane really helped," Dokić said. "I had some chances there, which I missed. That probably would have happened today if I didn't have that much under my belt. And like Amélie [Mauresmo] was in Brisbane, Tamira was the clear favourite today, so I didn't have any pressure on me. I knew I had a chance to beat her if I played well. This is huge for me. After a three-year absence, starting the year with a win at a Grand Slam [sic] is really huge for me."
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Dokić savours emotional win
By Matthew Trollope (www.australianopen.com)
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An emotional Jelena Dokić has revealed her battle with depression, a feud with her family, and how she spent several months without touching a racquet in the years preceding her appearance at Australian Open 2009.

Following her three-set win over Austrian Tamira Paszek on Hisense Arena late this afternoon, Dokić tearfully admitted that she seriously contemplated giving up the sport during her years away from the game.

"Tennis is not the most important thing in the world, but it's something that I love. I was very disappointed when I couldn't play well," she said.

"It was a tough time in my life. I had a lot to go through, a lot of family-issues.

"It's really a miracle for me [to be back playing and winning]. It's really emotional to win today. What I had to go through, it's really great to have this win. I don't think a lot of people know what this means to me."

Dokić said she had not spoken to her father Damir for a number of years.

She described his outbursts during her earlier playing-career as "difficult to take", forcing her to play with enormous pressure on her shoulders that caused her to "crack" during her late teens.

She said she was only now starting to mend her relationship with her mother and brother.

"The biggest thing I regret is [not having a relationship with] my brother... I didn't have contact with him for years until the last 12 months. That was the hardest thing to deal with," she said.

"I still feel like I've lost them [her family]. I will try my best to do what I can to patch things up with my brother and my mum. I'm trying to do that. It will be difficult."

The 25-year-old Australian said that a new faith in God, as well as the support of her boyfriend – whom she has been with for six years – helped her find her way back onto the tennis-court.

"He [her boyfriend] is probably the person I have to thank the most for being here," Dokić said.

Her performance today was her best in a decade at Melbourne Park, when in 1999 she reached the third round as a wild-card entrant into the main draw.

Since then, Dokić has experienced a tumultuous relationship with her homeland Major, suffering heartbreaking defeats, and becoming involved in spats with officials over the years in which she represented both Australia and Yugoslavia.

The crowd-darling during her maiden-run through the draw in 1999, the next year was an unhappy one for Dokić, losing to unheralded Hungarian Rita Kuti Kis: a player she expected to beat.

The 2001 tournament was even sourer as she switched to representing Yugoslavia, angry with having drawn American second seed Lindsay Davenport in the opening round.

Dokić did not reappear in Melbourne until 2006, by which time she was representing Australia again. She lost in the first round in traumatic circumstances, reaching match-point against Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano and striking what she thought was a forehand winner, which was instead called long. From there, she suffered a collapse, losing 6-1 in the third set.

She did not play in 2007, and failed to qualify in 2008.

Dokić said that her past experiences in the Open had not played on her mind when taking to the court against Paszek.

"That was a while ago," she said.

"Having that first match of the year in Brisbane [against Amélie Mauresmo] really helped. [I] had some chances there, which I missed. I think [the same thing] probably would have happened today if I didn't have that match under my belt."

Dokić repeatedly apologised for her comments made at the 2008 Open, mended her relationship with Tennis Australia, and won the December wild-card play-off, deservingly taking her place in the 2009 main draw.

She performed strongly, all the while having to battle through nervous tension. Dokić said she was extremely pleased to have clinched her opening match.

"After I won the first set, I got really nervous. But it's great. This is huge for me. You know, after pretty much a three-year absence, to start the year with a win at a Grand Slam [sic] is really huge for me," she said.

"I didn't really have any goals or expectations for myself for the first three or four months of the year. I just wanted to work really hard and see what I could do."

Dokić will next face Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze.
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Dokić pours out her heart after winning in Melbourne (Reuters)
By Julian Linden (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Jelena Dokić struggled to hold back her emotions at the Australian Open on Monday as she finally revealed the extent of the pain and torment she has endured since breaking up with her own family.

Dokić was all smiles after she registered her first win at Melbourne Park in a decade by beating Austria's Tamira Paszek 6-2 3-6 6-4, but broke down at her post-match news-conference as she recounted her family-problems.

"I went through Hell and back," she said, her voice cracking as tears welled in her eyes.

"I pretty much lost my family. I had no-one there. I was really struggling.

"I battled severe depression for about two years. I didn't play for months at a time. I was really seriously thinking about not playing. It was a tough time in my life."

Dokić said she still does not speak with her father, but is now trying to mend her relationship with her mother and brother.

"As soon as I left home, my relationship went down the hill with my dad. It went down the hill with my whole family," said the 25-year-old, adding she had put on weight and did not even pick up a racket for seven months.

"The biggest thing I regret is my brother, who's eight years younger than me. I didn't have contact with him for years until the last 12 months. That was the hardest thing to deal with.

"But I still feel like I've lost them. I'll try my best to do what I can to patch up my things with my brother and my mom."

Dokić was once regarded as one of the brightest prospects in women's tennis when she reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2000 and a world-ranking of #4, but her early success was overshadowed by events off the court.

In 1999, her father was cited for drunk and disorderly conduct after an incident at a tournament in England, where he lay down in the middle of the road after being ejected from the event.

SALMON-OUTBURST

The following year, he was thrown out of Wimbledon after he smashed a journalist's mobile phone, and was then evicted from the US Open following an outburst over the price of salmon in a restaurant.

In 2001, he accused Australian Open organisers of rigging the draw to ensure his daughter lost in the first round, then ordered his family to leave Australia and move back to Serbia.

Two years later, Jelena had had enough, and walked out to live by herself. She initially lived in Europe but then returned to Australia, appealing for people to forgive her as she had never wanted to leave in the first place.

"I had so much to go through while my dad was on the Tour," she said. "I was just so young, and just had no real idea what was going on.

"It was really difficult to take all that, what was going on off the court, all the outbursts.

"I played with a huge pressure on my shoulders... I kind of just cracked by the time I was 19."

Dokić tried to resurrect her tennis-career, but was unable to find the motivation. She considered quitting in 2007 before deciding to make one last attempt to get back in shape and form.

"Tennis is not the most important thing in the world, but it's something that I love," she said.

"It's really a miracle for me, and it's really emotional to win today. I don't know how I turned it around, because this time last year, I was still trying. I gave myself another six months.

"I'm really enjoying my tennis. It doesn't really have anything to do with ranking, money or anything. I just really love the game. I think if I didn't like it so much, I don't think I would have played again."
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Aussie tennis-player Dokić says she "cracked" at 19 (AFP)
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Australia's Jelena Dokić said on Monday that she "cracked" when she was 19 and at the top of her game, blaming her downfall largely to the controversies caused by her now estranged father Damir.

The former world number-four beat Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-2 3-6 6-4 on Monday to reach the second round of the year's first Major for the first time since 1999.

Serbian-born but Australian-raised, Dokić, 25, was once one of the brightest stars on the women's tour, winning five titles, and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2000 as a 17-year-old.

But she dropped out after her career went into a downward spiral following a series of incidents involving her father.

As well as alleging that the Australian Open draw was rigged, he was ejected from the US Open in 2000 for abusing staff about the price of a salmon-lunch.

He also made headlines for smashing a journalist's phone at Wimbledon the same year, and at one point threatened to kidnap her.

An older and more reflective Dokić faced the media after her win over Paszek, and confided that she had "lost" her family and had suffered from depression.

"I was trying, but it was not really there," she said about half-hearted attempts to resurrect her career over the past four years.

"I had other issues going on in my life. I think that was obvious. I battled severe depression for about two years - didn't play for months at a time."

Dokić said that for seven months in 2007, she didn't pick up a racquet, and her boyfriend wasn't sure some days whether she would even get out of bed.

"I was dealing with so much stuff - I pretty much lost my family," she said. "I had no one there; I was really struggling.

"You know, people sometimes think you go off, you go on a holiday, you start partying and stuff like that.

"But it was not what happened with me. I wish it was [sic], but I had really serious stuff to deal with."

She said she was trying to mend her relationship with her mother and brother, but said there was no contact at all with her father.

"I talk to my mom - we're mending that relationship," she said.

"As soon as I left home, my relationship went down the hill with my dad. It went down the hill with my whole family.

"The biggest thing I regret is my brother, who is eight years younger than me.

"I didn't have contact with him for years until the last 12 months. That was the hardest thing to deal with.

"But, yeah, I still feel like I've lost them. I will try my best to do what I can to patch up my things with my brother and my mom. I'm trying to do that... it will be difficult."

She said she hadn't been able to cope with the pressure of life on the Tour.

"I had so much to go through while my dad was on the Tour. I was just so young, and just had no real idea what was going on.

"But it was real difficult [sic] to take all that, what was going on off the court, all the outbursts. It was not easy to play with that.

"I played with a huge pressure on my shoulders. I kind of just cracked by the time I was 19 already."

Dokić was born in Serbia, but moved to Australia when she was 11.

She is making what she acknowledges is her final attempt to make a comeback to the sport.

Now ranked #187 in the world, she showed some glimpses of her past form when she pushed Amélie Mauresmo in the WTA tournament in Brisbane two weeks ago.
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Victorious Dokić forging ahead in tennis-career (AP)
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Being the daughter of one of the most volatile tennis-fathers was never going to be easy for Jelena Dokić.

Just how difficult became apparent after her first-round Australian Open win Monday - years after the antics of her father, Damir, last hit the headlines.

"It was real difficult [sic] to take all that, what was going on off the court, all the outbursts," Dokić said. "I played with huge pressure on my shoulders. I kind of just cracked by the time I was 19."

The now 25-year-old Dokić revealed that she suffered from depression for two years, was estranged from all of her family - including her mother and younger brother - and didn't pick up a racket for seven or eight months in 2007, while she contemplated whether she could ever return to tennis.

"I had so much to go through while my dad was on the Tour; I was just so young, and just had no real idea what was going on," Dokić said after her 6-2 3-6 6-4 win over Tamira Paszek of Austria: her first appearance in the main draw of a Major in three years.

In a sport that regularly spawns overbearing parents, Damir Dokić stood out from the rest.

He was ejected from a 1999 tournament in Birmingham, England, for calling club-members "Nazis who supported the bombing of Yugoslavia", and was subsequently arrested for lying down on a road.

The next year, he fought with a television-crew at the Australian Open, and smashed a journalist's mobile phone at Wimbledon.

He was thrown out of the US Open after an argument over the price of fish, and was barred by the Women's Tennis Association from attending tournaments for six months. And he implied that the Australian Open draw in 2001 was rigged against his daughter.

Damir and Jelena Dokić ended their coach-player relationship in 2003 when he called for her to undergo psychiatric and drug-testing after she started dating a Brazilian race-driver.

Ultimately, it took a huge toll on Jelena.

"I was trying, but... not really there," Dokić said on Monday. "I had other issues going on in my life - I think that was obvious. I battled severe depression for about two years, didn't play for months at a time. It was a tough time in my life."

It all started off so rosy. She was a semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2000, losing in straight sets to Lindsay Davenport, but made bigger headlines the previous year when, as a 16-year-old qualifier, she beat No.1 Martina Hingis in the first round.

Dokić, who has five career singles-titles, saw her ranking plummet from a high of No.4 in 2002 to No.617 in 2006.

Last year, she slowly began a comeback, winning three ITF titles and improving to No.187.

Dokić moved to Australia from Europe with her family in 1994, but renounced the country in 2001, and took up citizenship in her native Serbia. She decided to play again for Australia in 2006.

In December, she won a wild-card tournament for Australian players to gain a spot in the Open.

There were plenty of anxious moments when she took the court against Paszek at a 10,000-seat arena on Monday at Melbourne Park.

"It was a pretty big court for me to play on straight up," Dokić said. "I really played the big points well, which I'm really proud of.

"It's really a miracle for me - really emotional to win. What I had to go through, it's really great to have this win. I don't think a lot of people know what it means to me..."

Her voice trails off, and tears well in her eyes. When she composes herself, she says that last year at this time, she gave herself six months to take one last crack at the game she loved.

"Just something clicked overnight," Dokić said. "I pretty much lost my family, had no one there; I was really struggling.

"People sometimes think you go off, you go on a holiday, you start partying and stuff like that. But it was not what happened with me. I wish it was [sic]."

She started her comeback by just trying to get into condition.

"I said to myself at the end of 2007: I will really try to get back in shape and give it one more shot," she said. "It was just a matter of whether I would be mentally strong enough again to play at this level and to compete."

While her tennis has improved, her family-relationship is still tenuous.

"I don't talk to my father - I haven't for years," Dokić said. "I talk to my mom [Liliana]. We're mending that relationship.

"The biggest thing I regret is my brother [Savo], who is eight years younger than me. I didn't have contact with him for years until the last 12 months. That was the hardest thing to deal with. But I still feel like I've lost them."

She received emotional support from her boyfriend of five years: Tin Bikić.

"It was probably even tougher for him at times than it was for me, because he had to watch me go through all that," Dokić said.

She's optimistic for the future.

"Even though I still get nervous in matches like today, I'm really enjoying to be here every day," she said. "I went through Hell and back. This is hopefully a reward for me for everything I went through."
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Jelena Dokić proves ladies can bounce back
Barry Flatman: Tennis Correspondent of the Sunday Times
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In this enlightened and politically correct age of tennis, everything is supposedly equal. At this year's Australian Open, the women will not only earn the same as the men; the ladies' final will also be given prime-time evening-status, albeit 24 hours earlier. However, there is distinct evidence to suggest it is easier to make a comeback in the female game.

Martina Navrátilová, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati, Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport make a quintet of champions and former world No.1s who stepped away from the game, only to change their mind and give it another go.

It is going a little too far to suggest Jelena Dokić and Kimiko Date Krumm could soon be added to that list of successful second-time-arounders. Yet, although one was successful and the other beaten on the opening day of 2009's first Major event, both proved the possibilities of still being extremely competitive despite several years out of the spotlight.

Dokić and Date Krumm could not have more different stories; one tragic, the other almost romantic. The first is a tale of pain and clinical depression. The second focuses on finding out there are other things to life apart from the tennis-court, and then realising there was still a competitive flame burning in her core.

The adolescent troubles of Dokić have been documented over the years, and the majority of her issues focused on her bombastic father Damir.

She has not spoken to him in years, but has made several attempts at reclaiming her position of almost a decade ago, when she reached the Wimbledon semi-final and achieved a world-ranking of No.4.

She sees 2009 as her last opportunity to make a comeback. "I think if I do come back, it will be this year," she said. "I don't think I'll push it any further than that if I don't."

Australian support was obvious for the girl who has been pulled between her adopted country and Serbia. Her popularity helped push her to a 6-2 3-6 6-4 win over 70th-ranked Tamira Paszek, and tears flowed afterwards as Dokić described the anguish she had suffered over the years.

She hopes the hard times are over. "I pretty much went three years without playing," she said. "I heard on the men's side, players like [Lleyton] Hewitt and [Marcos] Baghdatis had injuries and they were off for four months. For me, I was laughing at that because I was out for three years. People don't know how hard it is to get back."

The delight for both Dokić and Date Krumm is that both have the ability to recapture former glories. Women tennis-players are unique in that way.
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3. Second-round draw
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3.1 Top half
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* Kirsten Flipkens v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] (komaan Kirsten!)
* Nathalie Dechy v AI SUGIYAMA [26] (allez Nathalie!)
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v Marina Eraković (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* Tsvetana Pironkova [DF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] (my Reason says Marion, but my Passion says Tsvetana)

* Sania Mirza [DF] v NADIA PETROVA [10] (go Sania!)
* Karin Knapp v Galina Voskoboeva
* Monica Niculescu [S] v Sara Errani (hai Monica!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Edina Gallovits (DAVAI VERA!!)

* Ekaterina Makarova v DINARA SAFINA [3]
* Patricia Mayr v KAIA KANEPI [25]
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v Mathilde Johansson (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v Andrea Petković (allez Alizé!)

* CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] v Virginia Ruano Pascual (my loyalty is to Caroline)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF] (having to lose one of them so early is like a dagger in my heart)
* ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] v Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v Alberta Brianti [Q] (ajde Ana!)


3.2 Bottom half
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* VENUS WILLIAMS [6] v Carla Suárez Navarro
* María José Martínez Sánchez v Akgul Amanmuradova
* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] v Julie Coin
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v Jessica Moore [WC] (my loyalty is to Flavia)

* PATTY SCHNYDER [14] v Virginie Razzano
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Chan,Yung-Jan (poďme Domi!)
* Sabine Lisicki v Samantha Stosur (komm jetzt Sabine!)
* Iveta Benešová v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] (pojďme Iveta!)

* Tatjana Malek v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8] (komm jetzt Tatjana!)
* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v Séverine Brémond (my loyalty is to Alyona - slightly)
* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Melinda Czink (jia you Jie!)
* Kateryna Bondarenko v Lourdes Domínguez Lino (davai Kateryna!)

* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v Tathiana Garbin (davai Victoria!)
* Elena Baltacha [Q] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (go Elena!)
* Peng,Shuai [S] v Sesil Karatantcheva [Q] (jia you Shuai!)
* Gisela Dulko [DF] v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (ˇvamos Gisela!)

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4. Second-round preview
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Jelena Dokić v Anna Chakvetadze is a mouthwatering match, although having to lose one of them in the second round feels like a dagger in my heart! But not as agonising as the BBC's plans to snub them even though they will be playing on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session!

Ten years ago, Jelena looked like a world #1 in the making. She thrashed Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 at Wimbledon 1999, Venus Williams 6-1 6-2 at Rome 2000, won five WTA singles-titles and reached a career-high ranking of #4. But then her well-documented family-problems caught up with her, and she fell off the tennis-radar, battling depression and injuries.

2008 was a something of an encouraging turnaround for Jelena, as she compiled a 35:10 win/loss record mainly on the ITF circuit, winning three ITF singles-titles, working her way back to her current ranking of #187. She gained her place at the Australian Open by winning the wild-card play-off tournament in December.

Jelena's 7-6 7-6 loss to Amélie Mauresmo at Brisbane was encouraging, as she hadn't played someone ranked as high as #23 for years. Less encouraging is that she pulled out of Hobart-qualifying after spraining her right Achilles' tendon while practising. "The Australian Open is still 10 days away, so I still have some time, which is good, and I should be all right," she said.

Jelena beat Tamira Paszek 6-2 3-6 6-4 in the first round, which suggests that her Achilles' tendon has healed, since she was able to come through such a tough match.

Anna, like Jelena, is one of the most flairsomely talented players in the game - not to mention ultracute! Anna broke through by winning the prestigious Tier I Kremlin Cup at Moscow in October 2006, and followed up with a very consistent 2007, winning four WTA singles-titles and reaching three Major quarter-finals - including her run to the US Open 2007 semi-finals.

Anna slumped from #6 to #18 in 2008 following a traumatic ordeal in December 2007 in which she was tied up by burglars who broke into her house, although she did manage to win WTA Paris and reach the New Haven final. But her win/loss record for 2008 was only 28:23.

Anna beat Sania Mirza 6-4 6-4 as Team Russia reached the final of the Hong Kong exhibition, and her 7-6 6-3 loss to Venus Williams was encouraging, considering that Williams thrashed #1 Jelena Janković and #7 Vera Zvonarëva both 6-2 6-2 in that tournament!

Less encouraging was Anna's 3-6 6-4 6-4 loss to Gisela Dulko in another rubber of the Hong Kong final, and then her 7-6 1-6 7-5 loss to #44 Carla Suárez Navarro in the first round of Hobart - after leading 5-2 in the third set!

Anna came through the first round here with a less-than-convincing 6-1 6-7(4) 6-1 win over Anne Keothavong, who offered very weak resistance in the third set.

Despite Anna's struggles, I think she would have too much game for Jelena at this stage of Jelena's comeback (they've never played each other before). Anna has groundstrokes of flairsome power like Jelena, but plays with greater variety, has better defensive skills, and is so deceptive! For Anna, it's just a matter of cutting out the unforced errors that plagued her in 2008.

But still, I believe that class is permanent, and now that Jelena's finally back playing at this level, she just might rediscover something resembling her form from of old: the kind of form that saw her hitting winners at will past Martina Hingis at Wimbledon 1999.

With both Jelena and Anna being members of my Eternal Fanship, I feel very bad to wish a second-round loss on either of them, but my loyalty is to Jelena, because she needs it more.

Jelena is at the crossroads of her career, as she has indicated that she might retire if she fails to reestablish herself on the WTA Tour in 2009. So it's very important that she takes advantage of her wild-card opportunities in Australia, otherwise she'll be struggling to get into WTA tournaments and the other three Majors later in the year.

From a more selfish perspective, there's more chance of Jelena being televised on BBCi if it's she who advances, because, as an Australian, she's far more likely to be scheduled on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session again. She's already very popular in Australia at the moment, and this would increase exponentially with every win she could get here.


4.1 Articles
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Australian Open: Day 3 Preview
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2902
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Top seed Jelena Janković is back in action as the second round gets underway at the Australian Open on Wednesday, against former junior-star Kirsten Flipkens. But the Serbian world No.1 will probably understand that much of the focus will be on another player who shares her first name: Jelena Dokić.

Rod Laver
(17) Anna Chakvetadze vs. (WC) Jelena Dokić (AUS) - First meeting

As it happens, Chakvetadze was runner-up to Flipkens in the Wimbledon junior-final back in 2003, but whereas the Belgian has struggled in the senior ranks, Chakvetadze has cashed in her chips in fine style.

That said, 2008 wasn't the happiest of seasons for the 21-year-old, who dropped out of the top 10. The young Russian's Major results took a backward step and, despite winning the Paris Indoors in February - marking seven tournament-wins from seven finals - Chakvetadze spent much of the year conspicuously short of back-to-back wins, let alone trophies.

On the other side of the net, Dokić's troubles have been well documented, but the former world No.4 - now clawing her way back from No.187, was impressive against Tamira Paszek on Monday. Both have it all to play for, but are prone to self-admonishment. It could be an emotional night.
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2009 Australian Open - Nick's Picks - Women's Singles Round 2
Nick Bollettieri <nickstennispicks.com>
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Jelena Dokić (AUS) vs. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) - Dokić won her first Major singles-match since 2003 in front of her home-fans on Monday. No one has ever questioned her ability to be a top-notch player, but sometimes outside forces have a tremendous impact on your life. We are thrilled to have her back on the tour, and hope she can remain competitive for years to come. Chakvetadze is very sold [solid?], and for Dokić to win this match, it is not going to be easy. The question is: How much does she have left in her tank after a very emotional win in the first round?
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2009 Australian Open: Day Three Preview
Aaress Lawless <www.onthebaseline.com>
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Jelena Dokić (AUS) v. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS)[17]

A tearful Jelena Dokić revealed in her post-match press-conference on Monday just what it feels like to finally be back where she believes she belongs. It has been a long five years for Dokić in her Melbourne-return, but with every win, she is signalling that perhaps, happy days are here again.

Despite Chakvetadze's seeding, this is a winnable match for Jelena. Facing a top-twenty seed in the second round is never ideal, but if she had to pick one player, it might likely have been Chakvetadze. Anna hasn't been the same since her family was robbed in the 2007 off-season, and her results continue to slide. Factor in the support of the crowd and the emotion of the moment, and fans in Rod Laver Stadium might have something to cheer about on Wednesday night.

Jelena Dokić in three sets.
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Australia Day comes early at Melbourne Park (Reuters)
By Greg Stutchbury (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Former world number-four Jelena Dokić and teenage sensation Bernard Tomić are expected to inspire a surge in ticket-sales as the pair have been given top billing at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Melbourne Park will be a seething mass of green and gold on Day Three, with local fans keen to provide a tidal wave of raucous support to two of their own, who will both play under floodlights on Rod Laver Arena.

World number-two Roger Federer will have to take a back seat for once as he continues his quest for a record-equalling 14th Major title.

Federer was shunted into the day-session - albeit on centre court - for his contest against Russia's Evgeny Korolev.

Dokić, the on-again, off-again, on-again Australian who has had well-publicised battles with her tempestuous father Damir, won her first Melbourne Park match in a decade when she beat Austria's Tamira Paszek on Monday.

An emotional Dokić later said she had almost given up tennis because of her continuous battles with her father before finally walking out on her family.

When she returned to Australia three years ago, she asked fans to forgive her, which they did in spades on Monday with their chants of 'Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!'

CROWD-SUPPORT

She will be hoping for similar support when she faces Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze.

"They really got behind me, which was great," said Dokić, who will be appearing in a Major second round for the first time since the 2003 US Open.

"I don't know when was the last time that the crowd was really like that."
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Match Analysis: Jelena Dokić v Anna Chakvetadze (www.australianopen.com)
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BACKGROUND

Jelena: After her hard-fought victory over Tamira Paszek in the first round, the tearful Dokić has become the event's sentimental favourite. It was the first time the much-put-upon native of the former Yugoslavia and former world No.4 passed the first round since 1999, and she really looks like she's getting past her family- and emotional problems that essentially took her off the Tour from 2004-2007. The aggressive blonde hasn't looked this confident since 2002.

Anna: This Martina Hingis play-alike is one of the most creative players on tour, with soft hands, quick feet and incredible anticipation, hence her rise to the world No.5 ranking in September of 2007, after she reached the US Open semi-finals. But since she and her family were mugged at home in Moscow in December 2007, she lost a tremendous amount of confidence and rhythm, and has yet to regain her once-stellar form.

CURRENT FORM

Jelena: Her three-set win over Paszek showed off relentless, lethal groundstrokes, and a vicious return of serve. However, her own serve is often spotty, and although she's a much smarter player than she was as a teen, she doesn't move as fast as she did then, and is still prone to bouts of wildness.

Anna: At times in her three-set win over Anne Keothavong, the old, effective Chakvetadze returned: misdirecting balls, sweeping backhands down the line, and forehands crosscourt. But the shaky Russian was also there, tearing up, getting down on herself, over and under-hitting. The 17th seed remains an enigma.

STRENGTH

Jelena: Her outright aggressiveness and little fear of whom she is playing has always been one of her greatest strengths. She can rip winners off both wings, and easily munch on slow second serves. When she gets into the zone, she's almost untouchable.

Anna: An extremely smart player for a 21-year-old, she has remarkable anticipatory skills. She's a terrific offense-to-defense player, who has an underrated first serve and deft placement. But all that can go away when she's lacking self-belief.

TACTICS

Jelena: Dokić needs to attack Chakvetadze's second serves, go hard at her forehand crosscourt, and not get frustrated when the Russian frequently changes place [pace?]. She has too dare the Russian to try to trade big blows with her. She must trick Chakvetadze into playing a macho contest, instead of attempting to engage in a chess-match.

Anna: At this point in her young career, the most important thing for Chakvetadze is to keep positive and keep her brittle emotions in check. She has all the tools to be a top-five player again, and once she's able to string Dokić out, should have the upper hand in rallies. But she's having trouble closing out rallies after she sets up a winning shot - a sure sign of a lack of confidence. She has to yell at herself, "I believe!"

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The two have never played, but they do share Tamira Paszek in common: Dokić beat her on Monday in three sets, and Chakvetadze took the Austrian down twice on hardcourts in straight sets.
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5. Order of play for Wednesday
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Rod Laver Arena (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WS 2r: ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v Alberta Brianti
MS 2r: Jérémy Chardy v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
MS 2r: Evgeny Korolov v ROGER FEDERER [2]
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Evening-session (start 19:30 AEDT = 08:30 GMT)
WS 2r: Jelena Dokić [EF] v ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF]
MS 2r: Bernard Tomić v Gilles Müller

I'm delighted that Jelena and Anna are on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session, because that means they'll be on BBCi at 08:30 GMT! :D Thank God there are no Britons on Wednesday's order of play! (in singles).

That's what I wrote before I heard the following announcement on BBCi: "Tomorrow, you'll get a chance to see a couple of matches featuring the second and third seeds - Roger Federer and Novak Đoković - and you can also see those matches repeated again at 8:30 in the UK." :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 23rd, 2009, 02:18 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos / Videos
2. Second-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Chakvetadze
3. Third-round draw
4. Third-round preview
5. Who'll win the Australian Open now that Venus Williams is out?
6. Mixed Doubles: First-round draw
7. Order of play for Friday

The mouthwatering all-EF match between Jelena Dokić and Anna Chakvetadze didn't disappoint - except that the BBC instead showed repeats of Đoković and Federer's matches at the time they had promised live coverage of the Rod Laver Arena evening-sessions! :fiery:

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1. Photos / Videos
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1.1 Photos
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Jelena Dokić (seven second-round photos added):
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta040344.html

Various players including Jelena:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7841385.stm (Wednesday)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7843853.stm (Thursday)


1.2 Videos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/multimedia/default_video.asp
- Night 3 Highlights: Jelena Dokić v Anna Chakvetadze

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2. Second-round scoreboard-report: Dokić v Chakvetadze (Wednesday 21st January 2009)
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Very nice winner, very nice loser:
+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF], 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3

A well-contested and very emotional match: Anna looked close to tears at 4-6 *1-4, but it was Jelena who cried at the end, as she sat at her chair after shaking hands.

In the first set, the first seven games were serve-dominated, and it was Anna who broke first for *4-3 - only for Jelena to break straight back to love as she won the last three games of the set.

In the second set, Jelena led *4-1, served for the match at *5-3, and was also one game away from victory at *5-6. Jelena led 3/2* in the tiebreak, only for Anna to dominate the rest of it and force a third set.

I expected Jelena to wilt in the third set after missing those chances, and because I don't think she's as fit as she used to be. But she's done a lot of hard work in the last year, and Anna was the one who got tired. Jelena broke at the start of the third set (after Anna had led 40/15), and again in the last game as Anna served a quadruple fault.

It was Jelena's first win over a top-twenty player since beating #17 Daniela Hantuchová at Linz 2003 (the week after she upset #1 Kim Clijsters to reach the final of Zürich). After a long losing-streak in 2004, she spent much of the intervening years in tennis-wilderness: either on the ITF circuit or not playing for months at a time, as she struggled with depression following her well-documented family-problems.

Anna is already down from #5 to #18 since her traumatic loss in the US Open 2007 semi-final, and even more traumatic burglary-ordeal in December 2007, but we must be ready for the big jump deep as she defends her lone title of 2008 in February: WTA Paris.

The match was first on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session, but since the BBC made good on their threat to show a repeat of Đoković v Chardy instead of live Jelena v Anna on the Red Button (no longer called BBCi, apparently), I had to make do with live scores at www.australianopen.com. :fiery:

I can only hope that the match will be available to order on DVD from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/>. I usually wait until the end of the tennis-season before I order my next batch of matches from TVI, but I'm seriously considering making an exception for the Australian Open 2009 now that the BBC has robbed me of watching such a mouthwatering match!


First set
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DOKIĆ * * *__@*@ 6
CHAKV _* * *@___ 4

The match started at 19:46 AEDT.

Jelena serving 0-0: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Already, the signs are that both girls are going to make this competitive. :)

Anna serving 0-1: 0/15. 40/15 (the score briefly reverted to 30/15 - did Jelena make an incorrect Hawk-Eye challenge?). Held.

Anna holds more easily than Jelena. That's not unexpected, as Jelena has often struggled on serve throughout her career, while Anna has an excellent one-two punch (although it has gone AWOL at times since the burglary), and usually holds serve reliably - at least until she has to serve for a set.

Jelena serving 1-1: 40/0. Held.

"Anything you can do, I can do better."

Anna serving 1-2: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. Held.

I feel the momentum shifting more and more towards Jelena, with 0/15 and 15/30 openings on Anna's serve. Just enough to make Jelena confident, without the baggage of any wasted break-points so far...

Jelena serving 2-2: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 2-3: 0/15. 15/15. 15/30. 30/30. 30/40 (BP #1). 40/40. Ad Jelena (BP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Jelena (BP #3). Deuce #3. Ad Anna. Held.

Three break-points go begging for Jelena, and a pattern is developing that suggests Anna is much more comfortable serving in the left court than in the right court.

Jelena serving 3-3: 0/30. 15/30. 15/40 (BPx2). 40/40. Ad Anna (BP #3). Deuce #2. Ad Anna (BP #4). Broken.

Typical for a player who squanders break-points to get broken herself in the next game! Anna is lucky not to be carrying that same baggage herself, but both the score and the momentum are firmly in her favour now.

Anna serving 4-3: 0/40 (BPx3). Broken.

Wow - a champion's response from Jelena! In the blink of an eye, she cancels Anna's break and seizes the momentum.

Jelena serving 4-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/30 (the score briefly reverted to 40/15, which suggests an incorrect Hawk-Eye challenge for Jelena). Held.

The sequence of scores of the last two games suggest that Jelena has hit one of her purple patches. For Anna, saving this set could be like trying to stop a runaway horse...

Anna serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Jelena (SP #1). Deuce #2. Ad Jelena (SP #2). Jelena won the first set 6-4 at 20:23 AEDT (37 minutes).

A very well-contested set, with the breaks occurring at exactly the right times for drama. I really hope I will be able to order it from Tennis Videos International one day and watch it!

It would be fascinating to see how emotional they both get. Anna is famous for getting emotional on court - crying and putting her body through all sorts of contortions - while this is a very emotional return to the Australian Open for Jelena, who broke down in her first-round press-conference.


Second set
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DOKIĆ * *@*__@__*__ 6(4)
CHAKV _*___*@ @* *T 7(7)

Jelena serving 0-0: 40/0. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 0-1: 40/0. 40/15. Held.

That was a very important game for Anna to steady the ship.

Jelena serving 1-1: 40/0. Held.

Jelena continues to hold serve easily after being broken for 3-4* in the first.

Anna serving 1-2: 0/40 (BPx3). 40/40. Ad Jelena (BP #4). Broken.

I feel just like the Jelena of 1999-2002 is back! :D A set and a break up, and really threatening to run away with this match unless her bubble suddenly bursts...

Jelena serving 3-1: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

It feels like a long way back from *1-4, but it's only one break.

Anna serving 1-4: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

A vital hold for Anna, because she would have been history if she had gone 1-5* down. Still in with a fighting chance, albeit a 12.5% one if we give her a 50% chance of breaking back, 50% to win the second set from 4-4* and 50% to win the third, although those chances could greatly improve if Anna were to regain the momentum...

Jelena serving 4-2: 15/0. 15/15. 15/40 (BPx2). Broken.

Good for Anna. I must confess I've been getting very excited for Jelena, but as an Anna-fan too, it's important for me that she at least adds more respectability to the scoreline.

Anna serving 3-4: 0/30 (the scoreboard briefly reverted to 0/15 - an incorrect challenge for Anna?). 0/40 (BPx3). Broken.

The moment of truth for Jelena: serving for the match...

Jelena serving 5-3: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/40 (BP). Broken.

...but Anna breaks back, and the momentum switches back to her! I now give Anna a 25% chance of winning this match (50% for the second set and 50% for the third), as she has the momentum but Jelena still has the lead (and Anna has been struggling on serve since *2-3 in the first).

Anna serving 4-5: 15/0. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. Held.

Anna's chances of victory are being boosted with every game now, as she levels up at 5-5 with two games in a row, and it would be interesting to see how much Jelena would have left in the tank if this were to go to a third set... her victory is in great danger right now.

Jelena serving 5-5: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

Once again, Jelena is one game away from victory...

Anna serving 5-6: 40/0. Held.

A tiebreak is very much about luck, although it could be tougher for Jelena if she dwells on those leads of *5-3 and 6-5*.

6-6 tiebreak (all scores Jelena/Anna): *0/0. 1/0*. 1/1*. *1/2. *2/2. 3/2*. This point is HUGE... 3/3*. *3/4. *3/5. 3/6* (SP #1). 4/6* (SP #2). Anna won the second set 7-6 (7/4) at 21:16 AEDT (second set 53m, match so far 1h30m).

The delay between the last scoreboard-update of the first set and the first of the third was less than two minutes. I'm surprised they didn't take a bathroom-break - and glad that /I/ didn't! ;-)

Can Jelena put the disappointment of blowing at 6-4 *5-3 lead behind her, and how much does she have left for the third set? Her chances feel considerably less than 50% at the moment...


Third set
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DOKIĆ @* * * *@ 6
CHAKV __* * *__ 3

Anna serving 0-0: 15/0. 15/15. 40/15. 40/40. Ad Jelena (BP). Broken.

I thought Anna had the momentum, but a new set is a new story. It's lucky for Jelena that they're not playing in the day-session, otherwise I'd be reminded of the 2002 Australian Open final between Jennifer Capriati and Martina Hingis, where Hingis was 6-4 4-0 up, Capriati took the second set, Hingis broke at the start of the third, but wilted soon after that.

Jelena serving 1-0: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.
Anna serving 0-2: 40/0. 40/30. Held.

Jelena deserves a medal for her determination after losing that second set after being on the verge of victory.

Quite a long delay at this changeover - I wonder if someone is taking a medical time-out? So I checked at http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367394&page=42 : it seems it was for Jelena's right Achilles' tendon - the one that kept her out of Hobart.

Jelena serving 2-1: 30/0. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Jelena. Deuce #2. Ad Jelena. Deuce #3. Ad Jelena (it only flashed up for a second on the scoreboard). Deuce #4. Ad Jelena. Deuce #5. Ad Anna (BP). Deuce #6. Ad Jelena. Held.

What a game! Six game-points needed, one break-point saved, and Anna will be feeling very bad right now.

Anna serving 1-3: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Deuce #2. Ad Anna. Held.

Full marks to Anna for hanging in this match. She recovered from *1-4 in the second set, but it will not be necessary to fight back from 1-4* in the third.

Jelena serving 3-2: 0/15. 15/15. 30/15. 30/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Jelena. Held.

Anna continues to fight, while Jelena continues to maintain her break. How she would love to get a second break, rather than go through what she did in the second.

Anna serving 2-4: 0/30. 40/30. 40/40. Ad Anna. Held.

It's such a shame that they can't both win! I think they should be allowed to advance to the third round as a doubles-team, playing two against one!

Jelena serving 4-3: 0/15. 15/15. 40/15. Held.

The moment of truth again for Jelena, albeit at 5-3* rather than *5-3 this time...

Anna serving 3-5: 30/0. 30/40 (MP #1). 40/40. Ad Jelena (MP #2). Deuce #2. Ad Jelena (MP #3). Jelena won 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 at 22:04 (third set 48m, match 2h18m).

She really didn't want to have to serve for the match again, did she?

Anna finished the match with a quadruple fault, but it was Jelena who was in tears after shaking hands.

I don't know what to feel right now. It's tough for Anna to lose in the second round of a Major - it won't be any consolation to /her/ that she lost to another hottie - and I feel sorry for Anna, but I'm glad Jelena managed to close it out in the end, because it would have been a devastating - possibly even career-ending - blow for her to lose after the leads she had in the second set, and then match-points in the third.

Anna still has many years ahead of her, while Jelena is thinking of retiring if she fails to make an impact in 2009. It's strange to think that Jelena is only four years older at 25, considering that I inducted Jelena into my Eternal Fanship in June 1999, and Anna in December 2006.


2.1 Statistics
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Both girls had negative W:UE ratios: Jelena 27:35, Anna 28:50. Jelena's W:UE ratio deteriorated slightly from set to set, while Anna's deteriorated dramatically: from 10:14 to 8:15 to 10:21, implying that she went for her shots more in the third set because she was tired.

Jelena got 68% of her first serves in, winning 70% of the points when she did so, and 45% on second serve. Her first-serve winning-percentage dipped from 77% in the first set to the late 60s in the next two, while her second-serve winning-percentage improved dramatically from set to set (33% to 46% to 55%).

Anna got 67% of her first serves in, winning 66% of the points when she did so, and 33% on second serve. Her second serve was a liability especially in the first and third sets: 31% and 21%, respectively.

Jelena's first serve was slightly faster than Anna's - fastest 108-106 mph, average 100-99 mph - but Jelena's second serve was /much/ faster than Anna's: 94-79 mph. Jelena's second serve is exceptionally fast: sometimes it looks like she just hits two first serves!

Jelena served 3 aces and 9 double faults, which is a bit high. But Anna served 5 aces and a monstrous 16 double faults (6 in the first set, 7 in the third) - including a quadruple fault to finish the match. :-(

Jelena broke 6 times from 15 BPs (2 of 5 in every set), while Anna broke 3 times from 7 BPs. Jelena won the first set by 2 breaks to 1 (Anna wasted 3 BPs), and the third by 2 breaks to 0 (Anna wasted 1 BP); they had 2 breaks each in the second.

Jelena won 12 of 20 points at the net (5 of 6 in the first set, but only 3 of 8 in the second), while Anna was more selective, winning 10 of 12 (but she only came in once in the third set).

In points, Jelena won 118-104 (first set 37-29, second set 38-40, third set 43-35).


2.2 Jelena's on-court interview
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"It's been a long time; last time I was on this court, it was a bit different.

"Thank you all for supporting me; it's unbelievable. I really just wanted to put in a good display tonight - she's a top-twenty player - but the crowd really pulled me through.

"It's been an amazing night, and no matter what happens from here on in, I will not forget this memory for a long time. This is a great start to the year, and hopefully this time next year, I'll be a top-twenty player myself."


2.3 Jelena's second-round press-conference
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Source: www.australianopen.com


Q. You must be very proud of that.

JELENA DOKIĆ: Yeah, I am. Yeah, I just went into the match just wanting to see how I would go against a top-twenty player. I was very nervous to be on centre court again. It's been a long time.

Just really wanted to see where I was with my shots and fitness and movement. I started to play well. I think she had a slow start, but she started to play really well in that second set. I let her off that 5-3 game where I had 30/15 and did a few unforced errors and double faults.

But overall, I think the things went her way in the third set. She really had the momentum. It's amazing I was able to come out and pull it out.

Q. Could you imagine six months ago getting a standing ovation on Rod Laver Arena?

JELENA DOKIĆ: No, I could not. I said 2008 and 2009 are the years I'm going to try and come back and do something. I've put in a lot of hard work last year - especially the end of last year.

You know, I've just been really, really focused and really wanted it so bad. Things are going really well at the moment. I couldn't imagine a better start to the year. In Brisbane, I said it was a good start. I lost to Amélie [Mauresmo] in two tight sets. I had her in both sets, and I could have won that match.

I just wasn't in that position for a long time, and I didn't know how to treat the situation and what to play.

You know, I was very proud of that match, even. But, you know, to be in the third round of a Grand Slam [sic], you know, players lose match-fitness and their physical shape and their shots in six months away from the game, let alone the three years. To beat a top-twenty player is amazing.

Q. How much did that match you were talking about there help you in the tight situations?

JELENA DOKIĆ: You know, like I said, she's the one that I think had the pressure on her. She was supposed to win today. She was the clear favourite, so that went kind of in my favour. But I think as the match went on, and as I was up, I was up the whole time until the tiebreak in the second set.

She kind of just went on with it. I really had to finish it off. She is a fighter. She always hangs in there. But this is a huge confidence-boost for me.

You know, no matter what happens from here on, I'm really happy with such a good start to the year. I want to be top 50 by the end of the year, and I think if I continue playing like I have been playing, this should be achievable.

Q. What was the reason you went quite a few times to play in Italy? It was because you won Rome and you performed well there? Some psychological reason?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Well, I feel good in Italy. I played really well there. It was my first title, so there's no question about that. Clay is not my favourite surface, so I wanted to play on clay and really build my game a little.

That surface doesn't suit me. You have to play long matches and points. I think that went in my favour. It was just comfortable. It felt like the most natural thing to do. It was in Europe, and that's where I was training at the time. I think that really helped me.

You have some wins and you have some losses, but you really have to grind it out. It's tough, no matter what people think. The ITF circuit is, you know, we're all trying to win out there.

Q. Are you getting used to using your emotions and using the crowd and using the way you're feeling?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Yeah, I came back I think two or three years ago to Australia, and obviously the crowd, I didn't expect them to be on my side and to understand what happened seven years ago. You know, each year it's gotten better and better.

But, 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.

But, you know, it's really amazing. The crowd has just gotten better and better every year in Brisbane already.

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. You know, 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.

Q. Does it play on your mind? Do you wonder what if you hadn't had those years in the wilderness?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Yeah, it always does. But, look, I cannot go back and change things. What's done is done. I can only look forward. I think we all can. Hopefully the crowd can do that as well.

Q. Can you talk about the role that your boyfriend and his brother have played in your career?

JELENA DOKIĆ: Like I said the other day, it's been really tough to deal with some personal issues. My boyfriend has always been there for me. It's actually our five-and-a-half years' anniversary today. We always give each other something, and this is my present to him today.

Yeah, he's played a huge part in everything. When you have emotional breakdowns and everything I had to deal with, you really get weak mentally. It's not easy to come back and be strong, and able to compete and play. It's really tough. So I really had to work on and build that.

You go crazy basically, and you react the way you shouldn't. He's dealt with all that and stuck by my side, so...

Q. Do you still dream of maybe winning a Grand Slam? Getting back to the top 10?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I think that's a little bit too much to ask right now. Like I said, players after six months out of the game really struggle coming back. It takes a long time. I actually think I react well and I improve quickly and my confidence goes up quickly, which plays a huge part in my game.

Of course I don't expect to win here - not this year. After what I've been through, like I said, my goal is to be in the top 20 by the end of my career. If I do that, I'll be satisfied.

You know, I will try as hard as I can to even do better if it's possible. We'll see how I go. It's a good start. It's a great start to have third week of the year and have a top-twenty win in a Grand Slam [sic]. Hopefully I can keep it going.

Q. Your next opponent will be Wozniacki. What do you know about her, and how do you see your chances?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I watched a little bit. I don't know her that well. I don't know a lot of the players that have come up. I haven't watched tennis that much in the last couple [of] years. Of course it will be a tough match.

After today and getting these two wins here, I really don't care what happens in the next match. I really want to put a good performance in. Again, she's a favourite. She'll be a tougher match. She has all the pressure on her.

Q. Did you read anything in these days that you would have not liked to read?

JELENA DOKIĆ: I don't read the papers that much, honestly. You know, you always expect to get positive press and negative, and it's something that comes with this line of work. It's normal.

But, yeah, like I said, I just try to do my best on the court and, yeah, I will try not to read the papers too much.

Q. How is your injury, and is it going to affect your next round?

JELENA DOKIĆ: It's been here for a while. I'm trying to treat it and keep it as good as possible, but I pulled up well after my first match. Wasn't sore at all. We'll see how I go tomorrow.

It's something that's not so serious. It's something that I just have to keep an eye on.


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Aussie hope Dokić beats Chakvetadze [Teletext 495->498]
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Dokić shocks Chakvetadze [Teletext 498]

Jelena Dokić scored her first win over a top-twenty player for five years to book her third-round place in Melbourne.

The 25-year-old former world No.4 took the first set 6-4 against 17th-seeded Russian Anna Chakvetadze, but let slip a 4-1 lead in the second before going down in the tiebreak 7/4.

Dokić raced into a 3-1 lead in the decider, and sealed a 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 win when Chakvetadze double-faulted.
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Determined Dokić drops Chakvetadze
By Vanessa Skendaris (www.australianopen.com)
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Australian Jelena Dokić has beaten 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze of Russia in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena crowd on Wednesday night: 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3.

In a competitive first set, both players held their serve in the first six games. Chakvetadze was the first to win a break for the match, but Dokić broke back straight away, levelling the opening set at four games apiece.

Dokić - a former world No.4 - went on to win the next two games, breaking Chakvetadze again and pinching the set 6-4.

It looked like Dokić had the second set under control as she dashed to a 4-1 lead, running all over the 21-year-old Russian.

But Chakvetadze worked the Australian hard, winning the next two games and bringing herself back into the match.

The set then became an exchange of breaks as Chakvetadze found her range and levelled the set 5-5, eventually forcing it to a tiebreak.

Dokić - a 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist - made numerous errors in the tiebreak, which gave Chakvetadze a mini-break, the Russian ultimately snatching it 7/4 in a set that lasted 52 minutes.

In the deciding set, the 25-year-old Australian raced to a 3-1 lead, moving well around the court despite calling for a trainer for treatment on her ankle in the first exchange of ends.

Serving to stay in the match at 3-5 down, Chakvetadze saved two match-points, but failed to survive another, handing the match to Dokić by serving a double fault.

Dokić, who received a standing ovation after her win, has set up a tantalising clash with 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the next round.

Quick facts:

* Chakvetadze served five aces to Dokić's three, but paid the price for 16 double faults.

* The Russian had 50 unforced errors to Dokić's 35.

* Chakvetadze had more winners: 28-27.

* Dokić only capitalised on 6 of 15 break-point opportunities, while Chakvetadze converted 3 of her 7 break-point chances.
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Making up for lost time
By Eleanor Preston (www.australianopen.com)
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Jelena Dokić 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.

Dokić'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, Dokić 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, Dokić 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 Dokić, 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 Dokić was about more than that; it was a warm rush of empathy which welcomed her back onto one of the sport's biggest stages.

Dokić 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 onto court. Her demeanour 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.

Dokić'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 Dokić for purity of ball-striking.

The only threat to Dokić'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.

Dokić, to her credit, regrouped quickly after losing the tiebreak, and was soon up a break and set fair on her journey back to the big time.

"Thank you all for supporting me," Dokić 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 Dokić has been through, you could not blame her for wanting to enjoy her moment to the full.
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Dokić Win Over No.17 Seed Augurs Well For Comeback
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2906
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Jelena Dokić's comeback from tennis-oblivion converted from dream to reality on Wednesday night, when the former world No.4 beat No.17 seed Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round match at the Australian Open: 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3.

Playing on Rod Laver Arena for the first time in eight long years, the 25-year-old not only outplayed her more fancied opponent stroke-for-stroke, she never let the tension of the occasion get the better of her. It was as if she'd never been away.

Years of family-breakdown, depression and disenchantment with tennis were quickly forgotten as Dokić made an aggressive start, breaking Chakvetadze - who is struggling with her own loss-of-form issues - and holding on to take the first set with surprising ease.

As the Russian's double-fault and unforced-error count mounted in the second set, Dokić served for the match at 5-3. However, Chakvetadze regained her composure, capitalising on a momentary loss of concentration on Dokić's part. With some crafty play of her own, the 21-year-old took the set in a tiebreak.

But Dokić shrugged off that disappointment by breaking her opponent in the first game of the decider, and although Chakvetadze would draw level and then seize a break of her own for 4-3, Dokić married patience and power to win three games in a row. Chakvetadze capitulated on Dokić's third match-point, scooping a backhand long.

"I think she had a slow start, but she's a fighter, and she began to play really well in that second set," observed Dokić, who reached the semis at Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, and has five Tour-titles to her name. "I let her off that 5-3 game where I had 30/15 and did a few unforced errors and double faults.

"She was the one with all the pressure, and I think that helped me. I just wanted to put on a good performance, and then things started going my way. This is a big confidence-boost."

If one casualty of the Dokić family's dramas was the player's relationship with the Australian public, it was clear after the 2-hour, 16-minute contest that the world No.187 appreciated the heartfelt homecoming.

"Thank you all for supporting me: it's unbelievable," said Dokić, her voice cracking as the sell-out crowd stood in ovation. "It's been an amazing night, and no matter what happens from here on in, I will not forget this for a long time."

Dokić, who secured her place in the draw by winning a wild-card play-off event run by Tennis Australia in December, faces No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round. At least tonight, the intense competitor professed to be pretty sanguine about the prospect.

"You know, no matter what happens from here on, I'm really happy with such a good start to the year," Dokić said. "I want to be top 50 by the end of the year, and I think if I continue playing like I have been playing, this should be achievable.

"My goal is to be top 20 [again] by the end of my career," she smiled. "If I do that, I'll be satisfied."
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Safin-family surges through Open with Federer
By Ossian Shine (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Former world number-four Jelena Dokić thrilled a seething mass of green and gold local fans by beating Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 6-7 6-3.

"I've just been really, really focused and really wanted it so bad," the on-again-off-again-on-again Australian said.

"Things are going really well at the moment."
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Triumphant Dokić wins back support of Australians (Reuters)
By Julian Linden (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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Jelena Dokić, riding high on a wave of public sympathy and support, upset Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 6-7 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

The Serbian-born Australian registered her first win over a player ranked in the top-twenty for five years, and her first victory on Melbourne Park's centre court for a decade.

Dokić's brave win was charged with a combination of raw emotion and pain.

Facing an opponent ranked 169 places above her, Dokić tried to keep her feelings under control as she tried to mend her fractured relationship with the Australian public.

"I was very nervous to be on centre court again. It's been a long time," said the 25-year-old, who struggled with an Achilles' injury during the match.

"She had a slow start, but she started to play really well in that second set.

"She really had the momentum. It's amazing I was able to come out and pull it out."

Although she began her playing-career in Australia, Dokić's relationship with her adopted country turned sour when her family returned to Serbia in 2001 after her now-estranged father Damir accused Australian Open organisers of rigging the draw to ensure his daughter lost in the first round.

Two years later, Dokić walked out on her family and returned to Australia. Her relationship with her family has never been the same, and she is trying to patch things up with Australia.

Earlier this week, Dokić broke down and revealed the extent of the pain and torment she endured since breaking up with her own family.

The former world number-four pleaded for understanding.

"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," she told a news-conference on Wednesday.

"I don't expect everybody to understand, of course, but I'm trying my best."

Dokić was wildly cheered by the crowd at Melbourne Park and appreciated the backing.

"I'm fighting and playing for this country. I'm proud to play for this country again, and I think by the reaction tonight... things have swung my way," she said.

"I cannot go back and change things. What's done is done. I can only look forward. I think we all can. Hopefully the crowd can do that as well."
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Jelena Dokić shows emotion after 'amazing win' at Australian Open (The Daily Telegraph - UK)
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An emotional Jelena Dokić scored her first win over a top-twenty player in five years when she downed 17th seed Anne Chakvetadze 6-4 6-7 (7/4) 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.

The 25-year-old, who is known as much for her estranged father Damir's antics during the early part of her career as she is for her tennis, described the crowd's reaction during the thrilling three-setter as "amazing".

Dokić only picked up her racquet again at the end of 2007 after battling depression and other personal issues in the two years prior.

"I came back two or three years ago to Australia, and obviously the crowd, I didn't expect them to be on my side, and to understand what happened seven years ago," Dokić said.

"I will regret that 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.

"But I think tonight was an amazing experience. It's been the best that I've ever had."

In a match that lasted over two hours, Dokić looked composed throughout, and used her powerful groundstrokes to run her Russian opponent around the court.

But she interspersed that by coming to the net on occasions to force the error from Chakvetadze, and with the Russian battling fatigue in the final set, Dokić was able to hold her nerve to claim her confidence-boosting win.

Her efforts have earned her a match with 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-3 6-3.
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Dokić's dream continues (Linda Pearce, The Age)
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Jelena Dokić has taken the most important step in her improbable comeback, beating her first top-twenty opponent in more than five years to reach the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in a decade. She was reduced to tears, but rewarded with a standing ovation. At 25, Dokić's career has begun again.

Still carrying some extra kilograms, but no longer the burden of the paternal tyranny that ruled her life for so long, Dokić upset 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 in 137 minutes before a capacity-crowd that contributed to a record one-day attendance at any Major of 63,557.

This time last year, Dokić had fallen off the computer, having battled depression that affected her so badly that some days her victory lay in simply getting out of bed. Now she is back to 187th, and will tomorrow face Danish sensation Caroline Wozniacki - the 11th seed - for a place in the fourth round. Not so long ago, how unthinkable that would have been, for not since 2006 had she even played a Major match, much less won one.

"It's been a long time," Dokić said before leaving the court. "The last time I played on this court, the story was a bit different, but thank you all for supporting me; it feels really unbelievable. It's been an amazing night, and no matter what happens from here on, this is an amazing experience and a memory I will not forget for a long time."

And how would she recover ahead of her match against Wozniacki, Dokić professed not to care. This had been achievement enough. "She's a great player. I have nothing to lose, and I'll just try to play good tennis."

Later, she spoke of her regrets at following her father's instructions to return to represent her birth-nation: Serbia; of her top-fifty ambitions by the end of the year, and top twenty eventually. Dokić also dedicated the win to her boyfriend, Tin Bikic, as a present to celebrate the couple's five-and-a-half-year-anniversary.

The Serbian-born Australian's first-round defeat of Austrian teenager Tamira Paszek was her first in a decade at the Australian Open, but she had not won on Rod Laver Arena in her two previous attempts - against Martina Hingis in the third round of 1999, and Lindsay Davenport in the opening round two years later.

Chakvetadze is not in the class of either former No.1, although once ranked as high as fifth, and now 18th. Last night, indeed, she was well below it for much of the early stages, playing so limply that she appeared close to tears at 1-4 in the second set.

In contrast to a tense final practice-session in which she ordered a replacement hitting-partner and left coach Borna Bikic in no doubt about her displeasure, Dokić appeared composed and calm. She also appeared utterly intent, while tightening considerably in the latter stages of a second set she failed to serve out at 5-3. The tiebreak, too, was disappointing, and the danger was that, knowing the match should already be over, she would fall away in the third.

But, in fact, Dokić gained the early service-break, and managed to hang on through the final six games of an extremely tense decider in which she called a trainer to inspect a sore right foot while leading 2-1. Of immense help was the shaky Chakvetadze serve - the Russian finishing with consecutive double faults: her 15th and 16th of the match.

Dokić won the wild-card play-off last month, and was named for a Fed Cup recall after pushing Amélie Mauresmo in the first round of the Brisbane International, but then withdrew from the Hobart qualifying-event with an Achilles' injury that did nothing to endear her to the locals anticipating the return of one of the few local drawcards in the women's game.

But there was no question about the crowd's support last night, which Dokić discovered to her surprise and delight. Her great mistake and regret, she said, had been to renounce her Australian status - however much it had been forced upon her. "I don't expect everybody to understand, of course, but I'm trying my best, and I'm proud to play for this country," she said.

Much of her career prize-money is gone - lining the pockets of Damir - but Dokić told The Age recently that the financial price was one she was prepared to pay to gain the independence that was at once liberating and terrifying. She needed to escape a dire situation, but was left alone and, often, bereft. She was depressed, and struggled with her mind and body.

But now she is competing again - for what she admits is the last time.

"I said that 2008 and 2009 are the years I'm just trying to come back and play again, and do something, and I have put in a lot of hard work last year - especially at the end of the year - and I have been really, really focused, and just wanted it so badly," she said. "Things are going well at the moment. I couldn't dream a better start to the year."
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Brave Jelena Dokić scores vintage Australian Open win
By Nikki Tugwell (The Daily Telegraph - Australia)
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Jelena Dokić dedicated her win last night to the most important man in her life.

Estranged from her father Damir, her boyfriend Tin Bikic has been her rock for the past five-and-a-half years, and after securing a third-round berth with victory against Russian Anna Chakvetadze, she said it was a gift to him.

"It's been really tough to deal with some personal issues," Dokić said.

"My boyfriend has always been there for me.

"It's our five-and-a-half years anniversary today... this is my present to him today."

After being in the tennis-wilderness for the past five years, the former world No.4 certainly won back the hearts of her adopted country with an inspirational performance, fighting off an Achilles' injury-scare to prevail 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 in a 2h17m epic.

Her boyfriend's brother Borna is Dokić's coach, and after her three-set win, the siblings embraced emotionally.

"When you have emotional breakdowns and everything I had to deal with, you really get weak mentally," Dokić said.

"It's not easy to come back and be strong and able to compete and play.

"It's really tough. You go crazy, basically, and you react the way you shouldn't.

"He's dealt with all that and stuck by my side."
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As have I! There have been times in the last five years when I've felt disappointed in Jelena (now that I know the extent to which she was affected by her family-problems, I am more understanding of what I perceived at the time as a loss of motivation), and I've had to endure numerous false dawns of a comeback, but I never for a moment regretted inducting her into my Eternal Fanship.

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3. Third-round draw
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* JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] v AI SUGIYAMA [26]
* Lucie Šafářová [EF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] (my loyalty is to LUCIE)
* NADIA PETROVA [10] v Galina Voskoboeva
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v Sara Errani (DAVAI VERA!!)

* KAIA KANEPI [25] v DINARA SAFINA [3]
* DANIELA HANTUCHOVÁ [19,EF] v ALIZÉ CORNET [15] (my loyalty is to DANIELA)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11] (my loyalty is to JELENA)
* ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] (ajde Ana!)

* María José Martínez Sánchez v Carla Suárez Navarro
* FLAVIA PENNETTA [12,DF] v ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] (forza Flavia!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v Virginie Razzano (poďme Domi!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Samantha Stosur (davai Elena!)

* ALYONA BONDARENKO [31] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8] (davai Alyona!)
* ZHENG,JIE [22] v Kateryna Bondarenko (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v AMÉLIE MAURESMO [20] (davai Victoria!)
* Peng,Shuai [S] v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (jia you Shuai!)

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4. Third-round preview
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Jelena may have upset the odds to reach her first Major third round since Wimbledon 2003, but her likely opponent was always going to be 18-year-old Caroline Wozniacki [11], and so it has proved. Not surprisingly - with Wozniacki being so young, and Jelena being off the main Tour for so long - they've never met before.

Wozniacki won the Girls' Singles at Wimbledon 2006 when she was just 15, and in 2008, she really began to translate that promise to the WTA Tour, compiling a phenomenal 58:20 win/loss record.

Wozniacki reached the fourth round here last year, upsetting #21 Alyona Bondarenko 7-6 6-1 in the second round, and losing 6-1 7-6 to Ana Ivanović in the fourth round.

She reached the quarter-finals of Doha after thrashing world #9 Marion Bartoli 6-2 6-3, but caught a harsh lesson from #5 Maria Sharapova: 6-0 6-1. Fourth rounds at Indian Wells and Miami followed - she thrashed #10 Bartoli 6-3 6-1 at the latter.

After a modest clay-court season, I saw Wozniacki lose 6-4 6-1 to Ana Ivanović in the third round of the French Open, but in the first set, Wozniacki had Ana "swatting away as if she's trying to get rid of a particularly persistent fly". Wozniacki seems to enjoy long rallies, so Jelena won't want to get into too many of those!

At Eastbourne, Wozniacki scored a stunning 6-2 6-2 win over #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, and at Wimbledon she had the momentum against #3 Jelena Janković before losing 2-6 6-4 6-2. And all this was before her 18th birthday!

Wozniacki won her first WTA singles-title at Stockholm, beating #10 Agnieszka Radwańska 6-4 6-1 in the semis, and #63 Vera Dushevina 6-0 6-2 in the final - in fact she dropped just 19 games in five matches there!

Wozniacki thrashed #12 Daniela Hantuchová 6-1 6-3 to reach the third round of the Olympics, where she lost 7-6 6-2 to eventual Gold-medallist Elena Dementieva. Wozniacki's second WTA title quickly followed at New Haven, beating #13 Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-0, #18 Alizé Cornet 7-5 6-4, and #11 Anna Chakvetadze (previously 7:0 in finals) 3-6 6-4 6-1.

Wozniacki reached the fourth round of the US Open by beating #14 Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-4, and again took a set off #2 Jelena Janković before folding 3-6 6-2 6-1.

Wozniacki then brushed off a couple of first-round losses to win her third title at the Tokyo Japan Open, beating #33 Kaia Kanepi 6-2 3-6 6-1 in the final, and beat #12 Anna Chakvetadze again in the first round of Moscow. She was runner-up to #5 Elena Dementieva at Luxembourg (2-6 6-4 7-6), and won ITF Odense in the off-season, beating #64 Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-1 in the final.

Although Wozniacki began 2009 with a surprising loss to #76 Elena Vesnina at Auckland, she had a very impressive Sydney, thrashing #19 Dominika Cibulková 6-1 6-2 and #110 Melanie South 6-2 6-0. She then had three match-points against Serena Williams before losing 6-7 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals.

I saw a few points of that match at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com. The way Wozniacki stranded Williams with a pinpoint crosscourt forehand to set up a down-the-line forehand winner suggests great things for Wozniacki in 2009!

Wozniacki has been tipped to upset Ana Ivanović [5] in the fourth round here, and eventually to win Majors (perhaps even here), so it's not looking too optimistic for Jelena in the third round!

But Jelena has already upset the odds in such a major way that I wouldn't count her out completely from beating Wozniacki, who will be the one with all the pressure on her, while Jelena will enjoy the support of the Rod Laver Arena evening-crowd.


4.1 Articles
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Australian Open: Day 5 Preview
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2909
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Rod Laver
(11) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. (WC) Jelena Dokić (AUS) - First meeting

It's no surprise Wozniacki and Dokić haven't played before, considering the seven-year age-gap, and the fact Dokić has been out of action for much of the young Dane's rise.

But after her superb three-set victory over Anna Chakvetadze on Wednesday night - her first win over a top-twenty player in five years - Dokić is looking like a teen-phenom who just happens to be in her mid-twenties.

While not taking anything away from that result, it has to be said the 21-year-old Russian has seemed out of sorts for months; by contrast, 18-year-old Wozniacki goes from strength to strength, although it will be interesting to see how she fares next time a big match gets close, after she failed to convert four match-points against Serena Williams in Sydney.

Only the most optimistic Dokić-devotee would believe she could pull off another win under the lights, but the Australian couldn't ask for a more relevant test as she pursues her comeback.
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2009 Australian Open - Nick's Picks - Women's Singles Round 3
Nick Bollettieri <nickstennispicks.com>
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Jelena Dokić (AUS) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) - Dokić got another huge win in front of her home-fans, and now will look to continue that streak against Wozniacki. The young, talented Dane is just outside the top ten, and is ready to break through this year. The question here is: Will Dokić have enough juice left after another big win?
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2009 Australian Open: Day Five Preview
Aaress Lawless (www.onthebaseline.com)
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Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[11] v. Jelena Dokić (AUS)

As inspirational as Jelena Dokić's comeback has been, she will have to play near-perfect tennis to get past Caroline Wozniacki. The young Dane was recently voted On The Baseline's Newcomer of the Year for 2008: a distinction she heartily deserved after a stellar season.

It's tough to pick against Dokić after her first two comeback-wins in Melbourne, but I just wonder how much emotional - and physical - energy is left in her tank after those two tough victories. After all, it has been a long time since Dokić played this many top players in a row.

Pick: Caroline Wozniacki in two sets.
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Emotional Jelena Dokić turns back time (Courtney Walsh, The Australian)
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A decade after announcing her arrival as a tennis-prodigy at Melbourne Park, Jelena Dokić stands a win away from her finest Australian Open performance after last night upsetting talented Russian Anna Chakvetadze.

Despite a second-set wobble and third-set injury scare, Dokić made the third round of her home Major for only the second time with the 6-4 6-7 (7/4) 6-3 win over the 17th seed.

Dokić was just 15 when she recorded her best Australian Open appearance, though she was thrashed by then world No.1 Martina Hingis in that third-round encounter in 1999.

More than a generation has passed since, with her next opponent rising Danish star Caroline Wozniacki - among the hottest players on the Tour now - aged only eight at the time.

But asked how she felt about playing the world No.12, the message was simple, given the personal enormity of last night's achievement.

"Honestly, right now I don't care," Dokić said, close to tears.

"No matter what happens, I hope to play well."

The three-set victory over Chakvetadze is important for several reasons. From a tennis-perspective, it proves Dokić still has the game to match it with the sport's elite, for Chakvetadze is a significant talent who reached a career-high ranking of five in 2007: the year she reached her maiden Major semi-final in the US.

By reaching the third round, Dokić will receive a significant rankings-boost from her position of #187, which will further her chances of gaining entry into the year's remaining Majors.

It will also boost her chances of landing sponsorships to ease the financial burden.

Following Dokić's opening-round win over Austrian Tamira Paszek, she was coy when asked about wearing Fila-clothing a fortnight after appearing in Adidas-apparel in Brisbane, describing it as a "work in progress".

The quality of the 25-year-old's strokeplay from the baseline, and her ability to overcome problems in the second and third sets, should further her cause when pushing for new deals.

Dokić proved early on that she had benefited from her three-set opening-round win over Paszek - her first Major match in three years - with her powerful groundstrokes finding their mark early.

But it was Chakvetadze who made the initial move, establishing an advantage when breaking Dokić in the seventh game of the first set.

Dokić, who steadily improved her ranking on the ITF circuit last year - after controversially missing out on a wild card into the 2008 Australian Open - showed she was ready for the occasion by breaking immediately.

She continued that momentum to claim the first set, her groundstrokes carrying the power and accuracy that once saw her labelled a legitimate contender to win a Major.

While Chakvetadze is an élite talent, a weakness is her renowned volatility, and it appeared this could hinder her chances of fighting back.

Dokić was outstanding early in the second set, achieving her second break to reach a 4-1 lead, but a lack of match-play at the upper echelon told as she struggled to put her 21-year-old opponent away.

Twice the Australian moved to within two points of claiming the match in straight sets, with only inches defying her on the second try, as attempts at outright winners narrowly missed the line.

The lack of match-craft was pivotal with Dokić trailing at 3/4 in the second set tiebreak. After opening up the court, the Australian overplayed a simple forehand to gift the world No.18 the advantage she needed to level the match.

Dokić refused to lament the missed opportunity, breaking immediately in the third.

However, an Achilles' problem that caused Dokić to withdraw from an event in Hobart last week seemed a concern as the former world No.4 led 2-0, with a trainer called to the court at the next change of ends.

But it proved little hindrance, with Dokić's court-coverage a feature as she maintained the pressure on her younger opponent by successfully chasing balls from one side to the other.

While Dokić squandered two match-points at 5-3, it was the Russian that faltered, serving successive double faults to hand the Australian a memorable victory.

"It was unbelievable," she said.

"No matter what happens from here, it is an amazing experience, and a moment I will not forget for a long time.

"I really wanted to put in a good performance... and things started going my way, and then I got nervous, but this crowd really pulled me through."
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Faith helps to resurrect doubting Dokić's career
Linda Pearce (The Age), Tuesday 20th January 2009
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Jelena Dokić was 15 when she won her previous Australian Open match. Before her defection, and return. Before becoming a victim of the most disfunctional of tennis-families, of depression and of crippling doubts. Yesterday, Dokić spoke of the roles played by her religion and her boyfriend of six years in resurrecting a career she doubted could ever flourish again.

"Sometimes you just try to believe; you have faith. God was my No.1 priority. I really turned to that," Dokić, now 25, said after her 6-2 3-6 6-4 defeat of Austria's world No.80 Tamira Paszek on Hisense Arena. "Just a few people that were around in my life helped out.

"I don't know how I turned it around, because this time last year, I was still trying. You know, I gave myself another six months, just tried to hang in there. I'm trying to get a hold of it now and try not to go back again, try not to get in that stage of my life. But I think it's over. I think I dealt with everything. I'm really enjoying my tennis."

The only way back from what was effectively three years away, she said, was with small steps. First, the ITF circuit. Last month, the Open's wildcard play-off. A quality two-tiebreak loss to Amélie Mauresmo at Brisbane. Now this.

"To win today is absolutely amazing. People think, 'Oh, it's just the first round of a Grand Slam [sic]'. But for me, it's a lot," said the 187th-ranked Dokić. "I dealt with so much off the court that this is a joke to me now. Even though I still get nervous in matches like today, I'm really enjoying to be here every day. I went through Hell and back. This is hopefully a reward for me for everything I went through. I will try my best. If it ends up to be top 50 or top 20 or top 10, I'll be happy, as long as I can play for a few more years."

Dokić became tearful when describing what the victory meant to her: the emotions of what she called "really a miracle for me", which provided a second-round meeting with Russian 17th seed Anna Chakvetadze. Not her best match, but one of her most satisfying.

Permanently estranged from her father Damir, Dokić is slowly rebuilding her relationship with her mother Liliana. Her great regret is that contact has only resumed in the past year with her little brother Savo. "But, yeah, I still feel like I've lost them," she said, paying tribute to her stoic boyfriend of six years: Tin Bikić.

"But it's not just that. I had so much to go through while my dad was on the Tour. I was just so young, and just had no real idea what was going on. But it was real difficult to take all that, what was going on off the court, all the outbursts. It was not easy to play with that. I played with a huge pressure on my shoulders. I kind of just cracked by the time I was 19."
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Damir Dokić hoping to reconcile with daughter Jelena
By Darren Walton (Fox Sports / AAP)
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Damir Dokić says he hasn't given up on reconciling with estranged daughter Jelena, and even believes he may one day coach Australia's tennis heroine again.

Speaking from his home in Belgrade, Dokić tonight told AAP he would consider contacting Jelena after the Australian Open, where the former world No.4 has reached the third round for the first time.

Damir confirmed his relationship with Jelena had soured in the past few years since she left the family-home in the Serbian capital to live in Zagreb with her boyfriend Tin Bikić and her coach: Bikić's brother Borna.

But he said he spoke to Jelena as recently as "about a month ago", and claimed that the 25-year-old told him that reconciliation was possible.

"Everything is possible," Damir said.

"I can't tell you for sure, but why not?"

Damir said he had not watched his daughter's second-round upset win over Russian seed Anna Chakvetadze, but had heard the result and was feeling proud.

"Of course I'm proud," he said.

Damir hasn't been back to Australia since taking Jelena and the rest of the family back to Serbia after believing the 2001 Open draw had been rigged to pit his daughter against defending champion Lindsay Davenport.

But he also refuses to rule out a return.

"Yeah maybe. Of course, why not? I like Australia," said tennis's most controversial father, who lived in Sydney for seven years, during which Jelena rose to be the world's No.1 junior player.

Despite saying, "I don't watch tennis", Damir continues to dream of building a complex in Serbia and coaching.

"My plan is to make one tennis-club and start coaching again," he said.

"But I don't have a place for it in Belgrade."

Belgrade-authorities and the sport's national federation have already blocked one proposal from Damir to build such a centre in the capital city.

In the meantime, he will continue doing what he does.

"I have a small business. I make b*****: the best thing of all," Damir said proudly.

"It's better than w*****, believe me."

But any chances of reconciliation - let alone an unlikely coaching-reunion - appear to be resting solely in the hands of Jelena, who says she is extremely happy with her coaching-arrangement.

"Sometimes you need a couple of people that you can trust.

"There's not too many of those around," she told the Seven Network on Thursday night.

The pointed remark seemed directed towards her overbearing father, and came just three days after the tennis-star opened up to journalists to reveal she still feels like she has "lost" her entire family.

"I don't talk to my father. I haven't for years. I talk to my mum. We're mending that relationship," she said.

"As soon as I left home, my relationship went downhill with my dad.

"It went downhill with my whole family."
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5. Who'll win the Australian Open now that Venus Williams is out?
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How about an unbelievable miracle by a member of my Eternal Fanship? Jelena Dokić and Lucie Šafářová have already exceeded expectations here, beating Anna Chakvetadze [17] and Sybille Bammer [24], respectively; they are supremely talented, have nothing to lose, and you should never underestimate the power of a comeback!

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6. Mixed Doubles: First-round draw
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* Jelena Dokić [EF]/Paul Hanley v Patty Schnyder/Wesley Moodie

Full draw:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/xd/

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7. Order of play for Friday
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Rod Laver Arena: Day-session (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WS 3r: DINARA SAFINA [3] v KAIA KANEPI [25]
MS 3r: Amer Delić v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
WS 3r: JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] v AI SUGIYAMA [26]
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Rod Laver Arena: Evening-session (start 19:30 AEDT = 08:30 GMT)
WS 3r: Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11]
MS 3r: MARAT SAFIN [26] v ROGER FEDERER [2]

If any man can show any just cause why Jelena Dokić v Caroline Wozniacki may not be televised by the BBC tomorrow, let him speak now or forever hold his peace!

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

rosey toes
Jan 23rd, 2009, 03:15 PM
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The match was first on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session, but since the BBC made good on their threat to show a repeat of Đoković v Chardy instead of live Jelena v Anna on the Red Button (no longer called BBCi, apparently), I had to make do with live scores at www.australianopen.com. :fiery:

I can only hope that the match will be available to order on DVD from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/>. Why didn't you watch it online? :confused: There’s loads of live feeds, Eurosport being one, plus podcasts.

JellyDelight
Jan 23rd, 2009, 04:03 PM
I hope you managed to watch Jelena's match this morning.

Totally thrilling! :D

andrewbroad
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:31 AM
Why didn't you watch it online? :confused: There’s loads of live feeds, Eurosport being one, plus podcasts.

Because I don't want to get addicted to watching online videos, and the quality would be much lower - at least for me - than watching something on TV.

andrewbroad
Jan 25th, 2009, 01:33 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
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Contents
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1. Photos / Video
2. Third-round TV-report: Dokić v Wozniacki
3. Fourth-round draw
4. Fourth-round preview
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Mixed Doubles: Jelena Dokić withdraws
7. Order of play for Sunday

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1. Photos / Video
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1.1 Photos
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Jelena Dokić (three off-court and six third-round photos added):
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta040344.html

Jelena Dokić photos by Michael Babić:
http://www.ana-kokic.net/ostalo/dokic/gallery/photo_melbourne09.php

Various players including Jelena:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/


1.2 Video
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/multimedia/default_video.asp
Night 5 Highlights: Dokić v Wozniacki

(This two videos wasn't working when I tried it - just a black screen - but it might have been fixed by the time you read this.)

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2. Third-round TV-report: Dokić v Wozniacki (Friday 23rd January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11], 3-6 6-1 6-2

Wow - Jelena has reached her first Major fourth round since Wimbledon 2002, and her first Australian Open fourth round EVER!!! She has now reached the fourth round or better at all four Majors at various points in her career.

Last time Jelena played in the main draw of a Major: Australian Open 2006
Last time Jelena reached the second round of a Major: US Open 2003
Last time Jelena reached the third round of a Major: Wimbledon 2003
Last time Jelena reached the fourth round of a Major: Wimbledon 2002
Last time Jelena reached a Major quarter-final: French Open 2002
Last time Jelena reached a Major semi-final: Wimbledon 2000

Last time Jelena reached the fourth round of the Australian Open: never
Last time Jelena reached the third round of the Australian Open: 1999
Last time Jelena reached the second round of the Australian Open: 1999

It was an amazing match, and Jelena's win makes me the happiest I've been about a tennis-result since Maria Sharapova won the Australian Open 2008. Five minutes after Jelena won, I had goosebumps all over my body. An hour after Jelena won, I was feeling so hyper I had to stop working on my Australian Open reports and play Cheese, Louise! <http://www.darnkitty.com/cheese/>

In the first set, Wozniacki was just too solid: all the unforced errors came from Jelena. Wozniacki is not often spectacular, but she's very frustrating to play against.

But after that, Jelena suddenly found the kind of magic that thrashed Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 at Wimbledon 1999: tremendous power, accuracy and depth, and beautiful footwork with lots of little steps whenever she positioned herself to smash one of the many lobs she forced from Wozniacki. Wozniacki may be a Major champion in the making, but there was nothing she could do about this brilliant onslaught.

It's a tragedy that Jelena has never won a Major, as she surely would have done if her father had desisted from his beastly behaviour before the major row Jelena had with her parents at Filderstadt in October 2002, which tore Jelena apart from her family.

But on this kind of form, with Jelena still only 25, and the current power-vacuum at the top of women's tennis following the retirements of Monica Seles and Justine Henin last year, the ageing of the Williams-sisters, the six-month absence of Maria Sharapova that is continuing as she recovers from shoulder-surgery in October 2008, and the slump of Ana Ivanović - I've just mentioned all the players who have won a Major since the US Open 2006 - a maiden Major title for Jelena (and I'm not talking about world #1 Janković) might not be out of the question just yet!

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.

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3. Fourth-round draw
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* MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1] (allez Marion!)
* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v NADIA PETROVA [10] (DAVAI VERA!!)
* ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v DINARA SAFINA [3] (allez Alizé!)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29] (GO JELENA!!)

* ANABEL MEDINA GARRIGUES [21] v Carla Suárez Navarro (ˇvamos Anabel!)
* DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18] v ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] (my loyalty is to Domi)
* ZHENG,JIE [22] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8] (jia you Jie!)
* VICTORIA AZARENKA [13] v SERENA WILLIAMS [2] (davai Victoria!)

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4. Fourth-round preview
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Well, I certainly didn't foresee a fourth round between Jelena and 19-year-old Alisa Kleybanova [29] when I analysed the draw last weekend! I'm sure Jelena didn't foresee it either when she recently became friends and hitting-partners with Kleybanova!

Not surprisingly, the two have never met, with Kleybanova being so young when Jelena was playing regularly on the WTA Tour from 1999 to 2004.

Kleybanova: "I've heard of her a lot. When I was a little kid, I heard of her a lot, because she was one the top players in the world years before."

Kleybanova is a tall, well-built girl who hits the ball very hard (on serve and groundstrokes), and has an uncanny knack of hitting line after line after line - it's very difficult to beat her when she's doing that!

Kleybanova has this quirky habit of jerking her head away when she's about to serve, and has copied Maria Sharapova's song-grunt but uses it selectively: grunting like Maria at some times, but not grunting at all at others (in contrast to Jelena's quiet, consistent "shoo").

Kleybanova enjoyed her breakthrough-season last year, compiling a 48:20 win/loss record as she rose from #150 to #33, and made the transition from a name I remembered from juniors to a regular on the WTA Tour.

At last year's Australian Open, Kleybanova won four matches to qualify and reach the second round, where she lost to Anna Chakvetadze. She won five matches to qualify and reach the quarter-finals of Antwerp, beating #18 Ágnes Szávay 6-2 6-3 en route, but losing to #1 Justine Henin. She won four matches to qualify and reach the third round of Miami - including a shocking 6-4 6-0 win over #15 Nicole Vaidišová.

Kleybanova won 6-0 6-0 against Olga Govortsova at Berlin, and I first saw her play at Eastbourne, where she won five matches to qualify and reach the quarter-finals, losing 6-3 6-3 to Marion Bartoli, who was on great form at that tournament, although Kleybanova certainly showed signs that she could be dangerous.

These signs were confirmed when she upset #12 Daniela Hantuchová 6-3 4-6 6-1 in the second round of Wimbledon, although Daniela was playing her first tournament after a ten-week lay-off with a right-heel injury. I saw the third set on BBCi: Daniela looked weak, but that's when I saw Kleybanova hitting line after line. She went on to reach the fourth round, losing to defending and eventual champion Venus Williams.

Several modest results on the WTA Tour later, Kleybanova won ITF Podolsk in October, and ITF Minsk in November (with first-round losses at two ITF tournaments in between).

And Kleybanova carried this up-and-down form into 2009: at Brisbane, she thrashed #26 Kaia Kanepi 6-1 6-4, but lost 4-6 6-4 6-2 to #54 in the second round. At Sydney, she thrashed #30 Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-2, but lost 7-6 6-1 to #16 Alizé Cornet in the second round.

Kleybanova has reached the fourth round with the following results:
1r + Sofia Arvidsson, 7-5 7-5
2r + Stéphanie Cohen-Aloro, 6-1 3-6 6-2
3r + ANA IVANOVIĆ [5,DF], 7-5 6-7 (5/7) 6-2

Nick Bollettieri says Jelena is not ready to face Kleybanova's pounding groundstrokes, but she certainly is: "I'm not struggling with their games, and they're not blowing me off the court," she said after her third round.

The outcome will be determined by whether Jelena can rediscover the magical shotmaking that saw off Martina Hingis 6-2 6-0 at Wimbledon 1999, as she did against Wozniacki after the first set, or whether she makes too many unforced errors instead.

Of course it will also be determined by how Kleybanova reacts to her big upset over Ivanović, and whether she will be in line-painting mode on Sunday, but I feel that Jelena's destiny is far more in her own hands than Kleybanova's.

Nick Bollettieri also mentioned a weakness that Jelena might want to exploit: "The one thing [Kleybanova] needs to work on is her passing-shots when her opponent approaches the net."


4.1 Articles
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Australian Open: Day 7 Preview
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2919
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Rod Laver Arena
(29) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) vs. (WC) Jelena Dokić (AUS) - First meeting

Already this week, Dokić has beaten two top-twenty players, sending local headline-writers and commentators into the stratosphere with excitement, so the former world No.4 shouldn't have too much trouble with a comparative unknown ranked No.31, right?

Of course it doesn't work that way - something Dokić will know only too well. Her third-round dismantling of Danish phenom Caroline Wozniacki was indeed an impressive follow-up to her defeat of Anna Chakvetadze, but Kleybanova has also been due a breakthrough, and she achieved it in the finest of styles against Ana Ivanovic on Friday night.

The 19-year-old Russian - who has now reached the last 16 at two of the five Majors she has contested - is an accurate, powerful baseliner with a huge serve; Dokić will need to keep her own delivery in check to keep pace. Keeping the Aussie fans in check will be a whole other challenge if the 25-year-old becomes only the fourth wild card to reach a Major quarter-final.
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2009 Australian Open - Nick's Picks - Women's Singles Fourth Round
Nick Bollettieri (nickstennispicks.com)
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Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) vs. Jelena Dokić (AUS)

Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy alumnus Alisa Kleybanova reached the fourth round with a stunning win over Ana Ivanovic. This is only the second time in her brief career that she has been to the fourth round of a Major, and now she is one win away from the quarters.

Dokić has been the surprise of the Aussie Open, with three great wins (two over seeded players). The crowd support for her has been unbelievable. It's incredible to think that in her first Major appearance since 2006, she has reached the fourth round.

The Match-Up:

This is the first career-meeting between the 19-year-old Kleybanova and the 25-year old Dokić.

Kleybanova comes after you from the get go, and she never relents. She is a big girl, but covers the court well. Dokić will have to be ready to face the pounding groundies of Kleybanova throughout the entire match, and I am not sure if she is ready for that after being out for so long. It is absolutely wonderful to see Dokić back out on the court playing well, because she is an asset to the women's game. As much as I like watching Dokić play, I have to give the edge in this match to Kleybanova because of her recent experience and powerful game.

Nick's Pick: Kleybanova in 3 sets.
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2009 Australian Open: Day Seven Preview (Aaress Lawless, www.onthebaseline.com)
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Jelena Dokić (AUS) v. Alisa Kleybanova (RUS)[29]

It's fitting that two of the women who upset title-favourites in the third round should now face each other across the net. Although Dokić has been absent from the Tour for some time, she knows Kleybanova, and spent some time hitting with her during the warm-up events preceding Melbourne.

Sunday's match will be Kleybanova's first outing on Rod Laver Arena, but for Dokić, the stadium is quickly becoming her home away from home. She feeds off the energy of the crowd during her matches, as her now-beloved fans have helped will her to three inspiring wins. It's a pity that after all Dokić and Kleybanova accomplished to reach the fourth round, it has to end here for one of these inspiring women.

Pick: Jelena Dokić in three sets.
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5. Andrew's wishes
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Jelena Dokić [WC,EF]:
4r + ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29]
qf + ALIZÉ CORNET [15]
sf + VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF]
_f + DOMINIKA CIBULKOVÁ [18]

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6. Mixed Doubles: Jelena Dokić withdraws
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It appears that Jelena Dokić and Paul Hanley pulled out of the Mixed Doubles - presumably so that Jelena could concentrate on her singles-campaign - as Patty Schnyder/Wesley Moodie played Alisa Kleybanova/Bruno Soares in the first round instead.

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7. Order of play for Sunday
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Rod Laver Arena: Day-session (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WS 4r: MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] v JELENA JANKOVIĆ [1]
WS 4r: ALIZÉ CORNET [15] v DINARA SAFINA [3]
MS 4r: TOMÁŠ BERDYCH [3] v ROGER FEDERER [2]
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Rod Laver Arena: Evening-session (start 19:30 AEDT = 08:30 GMT)
WS 4r: Jelena Dokić [EF] v ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29]
MS 4r: Marcos Baghdatis v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]

Another chance to see Jelena Dokić play on BBC Red Button! :D Surely the BBC won't buy her out for Federer as it did on Wednesday! :fiery:

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Jan 27th, 2009, 12:37 AM
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AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos / Videos
2. Fourth-round TV-report: Dokić v Kleybanova
3. Quarter-final draw
4. Quarter-final preview
5. Andrew's wishes
6. Order of play for Tuesday

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1. Photos / Videos
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1.1 Photos
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Jelena Dokić (12 fourth-round photos added):
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta040344.html

Various players including Jelena:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_week1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7849577.stm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/4336352/Australian-Open-Day-seven.html

I saved the second-most photos of Jelena Dokić that I've ever saved of a player from the same match! (The most photos I've ever saved of a player from the same match were of Maria Sharapova in the Australian Open 2008 final.)


1.2 Videos
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http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/multimedia/default_video.asp
- Night 7 Highlights

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2. Fourth-round TV-report: Dokić v Kleybanova (Sunday 25th January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29], 7-5 5-7 8-6

"Jelena, we love you so much, because you are courageous!"

Chris Dittmar greeted Jelena with these words at her on-court interview after the match, and it was indeed an incredibly gutsy performance from Jelena. She looked exhausted by the end of the second set, but somehow found the will to compete in the third.

Jelena was lucky to be able to complete the match, because at 6-5* in the third, she went over on her left ankle (luckily not the foot that was already injured) when stretching for a return. On the slow-motion replay, it looked almost as nasty as the horrific ankle-injury that sidelined Tatiana Golovin for months after Miami 2006, but it didn't seem to affect Jelena during the rallies, although she was walking gingerly between points, and had her left ankle and calf checked by the trainer at the next changeover. As BBC commentator Chris Bailey said, she "must have incredibly flexible ankles and ligaments!"

The first set was a relief for Jelena to win, because it was a strangely tentative performance - in contrast to the brilliant free hitting of the last two sets against Caroline Wozniacki. At times, Jelena looked in control with great depth and precision, but less power than I'm used to seeing from her, while Kleybanova was hitting very hard but often erratic groundstrokes.

But at other times, there was a hint of panic in Jelena's play, as though she was putting more pressure on herself to beat Kleybanova than she had done to beat Wozniacki. Her game-plan seemed to be that a solid, sensible performance would beat an erratic Kleybanova, but then panicked when that wasn't working out.

Both girls tightened up at the sharp end of the first set, Jelena getting away with three double faults at *5-5, and two Kleybanova unforced errors contributing to Jelena breaking to win the first set 7-5.

Jelena was broken at the start of the second set, and had to live with that until she broke back to *4-4. But she was broken for 4-5*, and starting to look very tired. She saved three set-points in a four-deuce marathon, broke back for *5-5, but was broken again for 5-6*, looked very sad at that changeover, and was just pushing the ball back as Kleybanova held to 15 to win the second set 7-5.

At this stage, I thought Jelena had blown her chances, because she looked so tired going into the third set. Her footwork - so beautiful against Wozniacki - had deteriorated towards the end of the second set; she was not getting into such a good position to hit the ball.

Kleybanova broke for *2-1 in the third, and consolidated for 3-1* after a five-deuce marathon with three break-points for Jelena. But Jelena got her act together as she held, broke, and held for 4-3*.

Jelena looked tired but happy when she held for *5-4, then very disappointed when she failed to break for the match. Games continued to go with serve, with the aforementioned ankle-incident at 6-5*, and the trainer on court for Jelena at 7-6*.

But perhaps Jelena's injury was a distraction for Kleybanova, as Jelena broke to love in the next game, sealing her victory with a down-the-line backhand return-winner that Andre Agassi would have been proud of.

Jelena's voice was crackling with emotion in her on-court interview, but she kept her composure as she said that she was exhausted but stayed positive, that she had to "scratch" her goals for the Australian Open (to win her first-round match) and for the 2009 season (to return to the top 50), and joked that the menagerie of toy-animals attached to her bag were actually coaching her at 6-6 in the third!

Jelena is through to her first Major quarter-final since the French Open 2002, and she'll be back in the top 100 when the rankings are updated on Monday 2nd February - high enough to play the other three Majors - so getting to the quarter-finals is certainly a result I would have signed for at the beginning of the tournament!

A year ago, Jelena didn't even have a WTA Tour ranking after taking most of 2007 off to battle depression and get herself back in the right head-space for her comeback. It's so great to have her back playing at this level despite everything she's been through in the last few years!

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.


2.1 Articles
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Relieved Federer through, Janković falls at Open (Reuters)
By Ossian Shine (editing by Alan Baldwin)
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A roar of relief marked Roger Federer's comeback from two sets down at the Australian Open on Sunday, while women's world number-one Jelena Janković was mute and ineffectual in a fourth-round defeat.

The whole of Melbourne Park shook with an explosion of home-town roars, however, when Yugoslav-born Australian wild card Jelena Dokić buried years of personal pain to reach the quarter-finals of the first Major of the year.

The 25-year-old, whose split from domineering father Damir and subsequent struggle with severe depression and injuries was played out in front of the world's media, wiped tears from her eyes after her 7-5 5-7 8-6 win over Russian Alisa Kleybanova.

"I'm just really fighting," Dokić said. "I'm really determined and fighting. That's sometimes what keeps it going."
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Bartoli bounces top-seeded Janković in straight sets (PA SportsTicker)
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Jelena Dokić dug deep and overcame a twisted ankle to upset 29th seed Alisa Kleybanova 7-5 5-7 8-6 in just over three hours.

Dokić has been the story of the tournament so far after battling back from depression to reclaim her place in the hearts of her adopted nation.

Her every point was cheered, and she implored to the crowd to get behind her when she began to tire against the hard-hitting Russian.

Dokić had the crowd on the edge of their seats when, with the Russian serving at 5-6 (15/0), she slipped and twisted her left ankle.

But she held her serve to take a 7-6 lead before clinching victory with a fearsome backhand down the line.

"To come after a three-year layoff and to be in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam [sic] straightaway really gives you a lot [of] confidence," she said after reaching the last eight of a Major for the first time since the 2002 French Open.

Dokić has been taken to three sets in all of her matches so far, and admitted after such a long time away from competition that it was beginning to take its toll.

"I really struggled physically tonight," Dokić said. "I was really on my last reserves. She really had me in that third set. To come out and pull it out was great."
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Superb Bartoli dumps out Janković (BBC Sport)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7849574.stm
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Third seed Dinara Safina saved two match-points on her way to beating France's Alizé Cornet 6-2 2-6 7-5.

Safina now plays unseeded Australian Jelena Dokić, who delighted the home fans with a gritty 7-5 5-7 8-6 win over Russian 29th seed Alisa Kleybanova.

Riding a wave of public support and sympathy for her troubled past, the Yugoslav-born 24-year-old reached her first Major quarter-final since the 2002 French Open.

The match swung wildly as both players struggled with their serve and nerves, before Dokić sealed victory when she broke Kleybanova's serve with a return-winner in the 14th game of the deciding set.
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Top seed Jelena Janković knocked out of Australian Open by Marion Bartoli
By Mark Hodgkinson in Melbourne (The Daily Telegraph - UK)
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Meanwhile, Jelena Dokić's fairytale-comeback to the Australian Open continued to gain momentum when she beat Russian Alisa Kleybanova 7-5 5-7 8-6.

The Yugoslav-born Australian - riding a wave of public support and national sympathy after her troubled past - turned back the clock to reach her first Major quarter-final since the 2002 French Open.

The match swung wildly back and forth as both players struggled with their serve and nerves before Dokić sealed a famous victory, triggering wild celebrations on the Melbourne Park centre court.

"This is unbelievable to be in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam [sic]," Dokić said. "I was going to have the week off, but I guess those plans are scratched now."
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3. Quarter-final draw
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* VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S] (my loyalty is to VERA)
* Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v DINARA SAFINA [3] (GO JELENA!!)
* ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4] v Carla Suárez Navarro (davai Elena!)
* SERENA WILLIAMS [2] v SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA [8]

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4. Quarter-final preview
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I'd just like to freeze for a long time the moment that Jelena staggered into her first Major quarter-final since the French Open 2002 with an injured left ankle, and her tank near empty after four emotional three-set rollercoasters.

For Jelena's next opponent is the nightmarish Dinara Safina [3]: the Rosa Klebb of tennis, who loves to bully her opponents with intimidating, in-your-face body-language, and specialises in fighting back from the brink of defeat, as she did yet again in her fourth-round match against Alizé Cornet, who led *5-2 and *5-4 (40/15) in the third set!

Safina had a very impressive 2008: she won Berlin with wins over world #1 Justine Henin, #6 Serena Williams and #9 Elena Dementieva; she reached the French Open final with wins over new #1 Maria Sharapova and #8 Elena Dementieva - both after trailing a set and 2-5, and saving match-points - and #4 Svetlana Kuznetsova before losing to #2 Ana Ivanović. She also won titles at Montréal, Los Angeles and Tokyo, as well as the Olympic Silver Medal. Her win/loss record for 2008 was a staggering 55:20.

Safina started 2009 by reaching the Hopman Cup final with her brother Marat Safin - only to be thwarted by Slovak duo Dominika Cibulková and Dominik Hrbatý! Safina then reached the final of Sydney despite being unhappy with her form; she lost 6-3 2-6 6-1 to Dementieva in that final.

Safina has reached the quarter-finals here with the following results:
1r + Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-3 6-4
2r + Ekaterina Makarova, 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 6-0
3r + KAIA KANEPI [25], 6-2 6-2
4r + ALIZÉ CORNET [15], 6-2 2-6 7-5

Safina certainly hasn't been on her best form at the Australian Open 2009, but many people believe that she is now the favourite for the title after the early exits of Jelena Janković and Venus Williams, and the poor form of Serena Williams. I am not one of them. Objectively, I believe the champion will come from the bottom half of the draw, and will be Dementieva.

I must admit it will be very tough for Jelena, with her injured ankle and her empty tank. I can only hope that a day of rest will be enough to put up a good performance against Safina, and that Jelena's left ankle won't flare up after that nasty-looking slip!

BBC commentator Sam Smith said she would be amazed if Jelena could give Safina a competitive match, because it would take an incredible recovery: physically, mentally and emotionally. That's my worst fear; I just hope Jelena can rediscover the magic of the last two sets against Caroline Wozniacki in the third round, and then she might actually have a chance against Safina.

Jelena has played Safina once before: in the second round of Shanghai 2003, when Jelena was already in a deep slump, her confidence very low, and Safina was a 17-year-old ranked #66, and had already won two minor WTA singles-titles. Safina won 6-1 6-4.

Jelena: "I'm playing a girl that is two, three in the world, could be No.1 after this tournament, and is probably the favourite to win it at the moment. There will be no pressure on me. But I would like to see how I do against her."

Finally, Jelena's pariah father Damir has announced that if Jelena reaches the final, he will go to Melbourne (from Serbia) to watch her. That would be his right - and who could blame him for wanting to watch Jelena? - but I hope he keeps a low profile, because if he goes anywhere near Jelena, he'll probably end up seeing not so much the AO as an AVO! ;-)


4.1 Articles
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2009 Australian Open - Nick's Picks - Women's Singles Quarter-finals
Nick Bollettieri (nickstennispicks.com)
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Dinara Safina (RUS) vs. Jelena Dokić (AUS)

Safina came back from the brink of defeat two times against Alizé Cornet, fending off double match-point and eventually winning 6-2 2-6 7-5. In the third set, she was down 2-5* and 4-5* (15/40), but she didn't let Cornet win another game. This is the kind of thing that the best players in the world are capable of, but I am sure she doesn't want to go through that again!

Dokić needed over three hours to defeat Alisa Kleybanova 7-5 5-7 8-6 in front of her home-crowd. This has been an incredible run for Dokić, who came into the tournament ranked #187 (and was in the 600s two years ago), and win or lose against Safina, she is going to be back in the top 100.

The Match-Up:

Safina beat Dokić in their only match, but that was way back in 2003, so it doesn't have much bearing on this battle.

What Dokić has done in this tournament is incredible. She has come back a couple of times now, and has really used the crowd to inspire her play. Safina has also had a couple of extremely close calls, and needed some valiant efforts to advance. I just don't know how much gas is left in Dokić's tank. She has had to expend so much energy on winning her previous matches, and not having played much recently, I have to give the edge to Safina.

Nick's Pick: Safina in 3 sets.

P.S. If the crowd can get Safina a little frustrated, that could have a major impact on this match!
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2009 Australian Open Quarter-finals Preview
Tania Tchea (www.onthebaseline.com)
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Dinara Safina (RUS)[3] vs. Jelena Dokić (AUS)

For Australian wild card Jelena Dokić, this has been a dream run to date. With all the drama in her life over the past few years, she has reignited her passion for tennis. This is Dokić's best Major result since the French Open 2002.

After a hard-fought match against Ivanović's conqueror Alisa Kleybanova in the previous round, Dokić finds Safina waiting for her in the next round. Dinara saved two match-points against Alizé Cornet, and will look to decrease her unforced-error count.

This may very well be her breakthrough Major, and despite Jelena being an excellent striker of the ball, the number-three seed should win. There will be plenty of fist-pumping in this battle – from the court and in the stands.

Dinara Safina in 2 sets.
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5. Andrew's wishes (updated after Monday)
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Jelena Dokić [WC,EF]:
qf + DINARA SAFINA [3]
sf + VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF]
_f + ELENA DEMENTIEVA [4]

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6. Order of play for Tuesday
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Rod Laver Arena: Day-session (start 11:00 AEDT = 00:00 GMT)
WD qf: (CASEY DELL'ACQUA/FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE)[12] v Anna-Lena Grönefeld/Patty Schnyder
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(not before 12:30 AEDT = 01:30 GMT)
WS qf: VERA ZVONARËVA [7,EF] v MARION BARTOLI [16,DF,S]
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(not before 15:00 AEDT = 04:00 GMT)
MS qf: ANDY RODDICK [7] v NOVAK ĐOKOVIĆ [3]
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Rod Laver Arena: Evening-session (start 19:30 AEDT = 08:30 GMT)
WS qf: Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] v DINARA SAFINA [3]
MS qf: JUAN MARTÍN DEL POTRO [8] v ROGER FEDERER [2]

The BBC has confirmed that it will be showing Jelena v Safina on the Red Button from 08:30 GMT! :D

Full order of play:
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/schedule/

--
Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Feb 5th, 2009, 11:13 PM
===============
AUSTRALIAN OPEN (Melbourne, Australia; outdoor hard (Plexicushion); Major)
=============== http://www.australianopen.com/
Contents
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1. Photos
2. Quarter-final TV-report: Dokić v Safina
3. More reports to come!

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1. Photos
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Jelena Dokić (7 quarter-final photos added):
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/players/related/wta040344.html
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news/?c=news_photos&p=dokic
http://www.aapimage.com.au/search.aspx?Search=dokic

Search Getty Images for "dokic"
Search http://www.fotosports.com/ for "dokic"

Jelena Dokić gallery (lots of old photos as well as AO 2009):
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/gallery/0,22056,5037117-5001023,00.html

Jelena Dokić and Anna Chakvetadze:
http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/2763

Various players including Jelena:
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/photogallery/?Event=melbourne_qf_finals
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7852626.stm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/4356734/Australian-Open-Day-nine.html

Loads of photos of many players, including Jelena:
http://www.tennis.com/photogallery/photogallery.aspx

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2. Quarter-final TV-report: Dokić v Safina (Tuesday 27th January 2009)
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Beauty and the beast:
- Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] lt. DINARA SAFINA [3], 4-6 6-4 4-6

It went much better than I feared after Jelena had staggered into the last eight with an injured left ankle (of which there was no sign in this match, although her right Achilles' tendon was still bandaged) and an empty tank.

I must admit that Safina's form was awful - especially in the second set - and she won only because Jelena was exhausted after four emotional three-set victories. That said, they both played much better in the third set, as Jelena seemed to find extra energy with the end in sight - it's amazing that she could look so exhausted in the first two sets but not in the third!

On the evening of an extremely hot day, Safina was sweating buckets, while Jelena glistened sexily.


Jelena went *0-2 down at the start, which I think was more about not being warmed up (she didn't practise on Monday) than exhaustion. But she settled nicely to hold serve twice, then broke back for *3-3! She saved two break-points before holding for 4-3*.

Safina was getting tight and sloppy by this stage, allowing Jelena to control the play from the centre of the baseline, rather than spreading her to test her energy and footwork.

Jelena lost the last three games of the first set with sloppy tennis as her energy dipped and Safina began to use the width of the court better to exploit that. By the end of the set, Jelena looked exhausted, mishitting shot after shot (especially on her backhand).


In the second set, however, Jelena came through a tough opening service-game, then made Safina pay for an awful service-game, to break for *2-0. A game of six deuces followed, in which Jelena saved four break-points before holding for 3-0*. She still looked exhausted, but Safina was playing so terribly that Vera Zvonarëva must have been licking her lips!

Safina held to love, then broke back for 3-2*. Jelena looked exhausted even when she broke for *4-2, but then played a brilliant game to recover from 15/30 and hold for 5-2*!

Safina held to love, then broke back for *4-5 - playing much better in those two games - but handed the second set to Jelena with a chain-reaction of double faults: four in that game, including a quadruple fault for the last two points.


Jelena put up an honourable performance in her fifth third set of the tournament, after it started badly for her with a break in the first game and a wasted break-point in a game of four deuces as Safina held for 2-0*.

Jelena played a nice game to hold for 1-2*, and hit a brilliant forehand winner down the line as she held for 2-3*. Another break-point went begging: Jelena looked very disappointed as Safina held for 4-2*, but held for 3-4* with an ace that she had to challenge to show that it was in.

Jelena hit a flairsome crosscourt backhand winner to break back for *4-4, prompting me to entertain - for the first time /realistically/ - thoughts of a mouthwatering Jelena v Vera semi-final on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session = televised on BBC on Thursday!

Sadly it was not to be, as Jelena was broken for 4-5* after three deuces - blasting a wild forehand very long, and looking close to tears at the changeover.

Jelena had two break-points to save the match as Safina served for it at *5-4 (15/40), but Safina saved them like a champion: one with a pinpoint forehand down the line, the other with an ace. Then Safina had match-point, and after three failed attempts to get the ball into play (caught toss + let + fault), Jelena netted a forehand to end her Melbourne-fairytale.


For an hour or two after the match, I felt as disappointed as I do whenever Maria Sharapova loses at Wimbledon. If Jelena had lost 6-4 6-4, I just would have been delighted with her tournament-performance, but what really hurts is that I could sense victory - and the irresistable prize of a BBC-televised Jelena v Vera semi-final - at *4-4 in the third, when Jelena had the momentum after fighting back from *2-4.

I feel sure that had Jelena reached the semi-finals, the order-of-play committee would have put Jelena v Vera on the Rod Laver Arena evening-session, and that would have been the most mouthwatering Major semi-final of all time! :sad:

But the bottom line is that Jelena is finally back for real, after so many false dawns of a comeback in the last four years. It's amazing how she has gone from being a brilliant 19-year-old to a brilliant 25-year-old with nothing in between!

If Jelena steers clear of serious injury, I don't see why she shouldn't play at this level - and hopefully even higher - for another four years or so, because she hits her groundstrokes so sweetly (with flairsome power and pinpoint precision), has beautiful footwork, is very strong mentally now that she's back in the right head-space, and is a more mature competitor than before: able to play safely as well as brilliantly.

I'll post my full TV-report at a later date.


2.1 Articles
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Safina, Zvonarëva advance to semis at Australian Open (PA SportsTicker)
>>>
Jelena Dokić's dream run at the Australian Open ended on Tuesday.

The Australian Dokić endured a 6-4 4-6 6-4 setback against third-seeded Russian Dinara Safina during their quarter-final match at Rod Laver Arena.

Dokić - a wild-card entry who was ranked 187th in the world and on the comeback-trail after battling depression and family-issues - gave it her all in front of a patriotic crowd.

But, after so little tennis at this level, and carrying an ankle-injury suffered late in her fourth-round win against Alisa Kleybanova, she eventually was ousted by Safina.

"I have really fought well this week," Dokić said. "I have no regrets. I just would like to keep it going... It's been a great start to 2009. I couldn't have asked for anything more."

The 22-year-old Safina next will face Vera Zvonarëva in the semi-finals after her seventh-seeded compatriot cruised to a 6-3 6-0 victory over France's Marion Bartoli - the 16th seed - earlier on Tuesday.

Safina admitted that the partisan crowd was a factor.

"It was not easy to play, you know, having the whole crowd against you," said Safina, who reached her first Major final at the French Open last spring. "Because when you have the whole crowd behind you whenever you do a great shot, they pump you, and then it makes you go for more and more.

"When you make a great shot and basically only my box is clapping for me, that's tough."

Dokić's march to the quarter-finals has been the story of the tournament, and her determination, attitude, and apologies for past behaviour - which was largely influenced by her estranged father Damir - have won back the hearts of her adopted nation.

In a gripping match, Dokić lost a tight first set 6-4, but bounced back immediately in the second to break the big-hitting Russian and take a 3-0 lead.

Safina, who recorded 11 double faults in the match, held serve to love and broke back, only to lose her next service-game en route to a 2-5 deficit.

Although she broke again in the ninth game, it was not enough, and a double fault handed Dokić - who hit a number of sublime winners down the line - the second set.

It was more of the same in the third, as Dokić failed to hold serve in the opening game, but took the Russian to four deuces in the next before Safina finally closed it out for a 2-0 lead.

Both players' error-counts continued to mount, but the games went with serve until the eighth, when a backhand winner by Dokić evened the set at 4-4.

It was short-lived, though, as another lengthy game, in which Dokić saved three break-points, finally went Safina's way, and she wrapped up the match when Dokić found the net.

"I played well with a girl who's number three in the world today," Dokić said. "I can still really take positives out of today, even though some of the points and the shots that I played at some stages of the match were maybe not right."
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Dokić-dream ends (Reuters)
By Ossian Shine (editing by Pritha Sarkar)
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"Aussie Jelena" Dokić was given every chance to again thrill home-fans, having been scheduled on the cool night-session, but her dream-run ended 6-4 4-6 6-4 at the hands of Dinara Safina.

BIG BROTHER

Dokić's emotionally-charged run at Melbourne Park had captured the imagination of her adopted homeland, but her luck finally ran out against the in-form Safina.

The third-seeded Russian advanced to her third Major semi-final in eight months, and stayed on course to emulate big brother Marat Safin by winning the Australian Open.

"I'm so sorry for beating [an] Australian tonight," Safina told the crowd during a courtside interview. "I hope you will be behind me next time."

Dokić, who is ranked 187th in the world and beat three seeded players just to get to the quarter-finals, remained upbeat.

"Of course I'm disappointed," she said. "But there are more positives than negatives. It's been a great start to 2009; I couldn't have asked for anything more."

Safina next meets fellow Russian and seventh seed Vera Zvonarëva after she eased into the women's semi-finals with victory over Marion Bartoli.
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Exhausted Đoković out as Safina ends Dokić dream-run (AFP)
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An exhausted Novak Đoković surrendered his Australian Open title on Tuesday when he withdrew from the quarter-finals, while Dinara Safina ended the dream-run of Australia's Jelena Dokić.

Safina overcame dogged resistence from Dokić to win 6-4 4-6 6-4 and end her comeback-tournament after years of depression following the antics of her infamous father Damir.

She will now meet seventh seeded compatriot Vera Zvonarëva for a place in the final, after the Russian coolly disposed of France's Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-0.

"I'm sorry I had to defeat your Australian," Safina told the highly patriotic crowd afterwards. "I hope that you will be behind me next time."

Dokić was philosophical about the defeat.

"I played three sets with the number-three player in the world, so everything is positive," said the former world number-four.

"I've had a great tournament. It's a little bit disappointing: I had some chances. But sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don't."
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Zvonarëva cruises into tennis semis as Safina toughs it out (AFP)
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Russian Vera Zvonarëva coolly took apart France's Marion Bartoli on Tuesday to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, while compatriot Dinara Safina almost imploded before overcoming wildcard Jelena Dokić.

Conditions had cooled on centre court for Safina's evening-match, but the third seed found herself in a heated battle for a spot in the final four, and had to call on the mental toughness she has developed over the past year.

Safina dug deep against the tenacious Dokić, grafting out a win despite an error-ridden display before a fiercely parochial crowd cheering on their local heroine.

The 23-year-old eventually ended the Australian's dream run 6-4 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes.

She said that even 12 months ago, the pressure from the crowd would have been too much, but she could now call on reserves of mental strength as she chases a maiden Major title.

"I think [a year ago], I would not win, but now I hang in there," she said.

"I pushed myself and I tried my best today. Before, I would just not be able to even handle the whole crowd against me."

She admitted she was sometimes her own worst enemy after squandering numerous chances to close down the match in the second set, committing eight double faults, and converting only two of her 13 break-point opportunities.

"Most of the time, it's me against myself playing," Safina said.

"I play against me, my shadow, myself, everything against me. If one day I play only against my opponent, this will be the perfect day."
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Safina beats Dokić to reach semis (BBC Sport)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7852624.stm
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Third seed Dinara Safina overcame home-favourite and wildcard Jelena Dokić in three sets to reach the Australian Open semi-finals in Melbourne.

The quarter-final was in the balance after the pair split the first two sets and were level at 4-4 in the third.

But the Russian got the crucial break, and served out for a 6-4 4-6 6-4 win after two hours and 19 minutes.

She will now play her compatriot Vera Zvonarëva after the seventh seed eased past France's Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-0.

"I'm sorry I had to defeat your Australian," Safina told the 15,000 fans on Rod Laver Arena after her victory. "I hope that you will be behind me next time."

Dokić - a former world number-four making her return to top-level tennis after a two-year absence through injury and illness - was pleased with the way her return to Major tennis had gone.

She beat three seeded players to reach the last eight, and put up a determined battle throughout the quarter-final, despite suffering from a sprained ankle suffered in her previous match.

"I played three sets with the number-three player in the world, so everything is positive," she said.

"I've had a great tournament. It's a little bit disappointing. I had some chances, but sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don't.

"I have really fought well this week. I have no regrets. I just would like to keep it going."

Dokić lost a tight first, but, with the 22-year-old Russian struggling with her serve, fought back to take the second.

Safina - whose brother Marat Safin won the men's title in 2005 - took a 2-0 lead in the decider, but a combination of her own errors and Dokić's sublime winners saw the Australian pull the scoreline back to 4-4.

However, Safina broke Dokić's serve with her fourth break-point, and then managed to hold her own service-game to clinch victory after two hours and 19 minutes.
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Jelena Dokić bows out of Australian Open as Dinara Safina reaches semi-finals (The Daily Telegraph - UK)
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Dinara Safina has ended local hope Jelena Dokić's surprising run in the Australian Open, claiming a 6-4 4-6 6-4 quarter-final victory.

At 4-4 in the final set, the third-seeded Russian broke Dokić's serve and then held, ignoring the partisan cheers of 15,000 fans at Rod Laver Arena.

The win sees Safina advance to a semi-final against fellow Russian Vera Zvonarëva, who beat Marion Bartoli.

Dokić, who won a wild-card tournament to get into the main draw, and is on a comeback after nearly two years of inactivity due to injuries and personal problems, beat seeded players in three of her four previous rounds.
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Safina, Zvonarëva Reach Aussie Semis (The Sports Network)
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Top-ten Russians Dinara Safina and Vera Zvonarëva were a pair of quarter-final winners on Tuesday at the Australian Open 2009: the first Major event of the year.

The third-seeded Safina held off resurgent Aussie wild card Jelena Dokić 6-4 4-6 6-4, while a seventh-seeded Zvonarëva zipped past 16th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli 6-3 6-0. The Wimbledon 2007 runner-up Bartoli stunned world No.1 Jelena Janković in the fourth round this past weekend.

The 22-year-old Safina - last year's French Open and Olympic runner-up - will appear in her third career Major semi-final, while the 24-year-old Zvonarëva will play in her first.

The 187th-ranked Dokić's Cinderella-run here captured the imagination of her adopted homeland, but her luck finally ran out against the powerful Safina.

Dokić beat three seeded players in her first four matches of the fortnight.

"Of course I'm disappointed," Dokić said. "But there are more positives than negatives. It's been a great start to 2009; I couldn't have asked for anything more."

Safina and Dokić split the first two sets on Day 9, and were tied at 4-4 in the third when Safina picked up a key break of serve, and then served out the tight match.

"I'm so sorry for beating an Australian tonight," Safina said to the crowd during a courtside interview at Rod Laver Arena. "I hope you will be behind me next time."

A nervous Dokić piled up 18 unforced errors on her way to dropping the first set against Safina in 36 minutes. But the heavy crowd-favorite jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, which she won by breaking the Russian's serve in the 10th game.

Safina is now 2:0 lifetime against Dokić, with the other victory coming six years ago in Shanghai.

The 25-year-old Dokić was appearing in her first Major quarter-final since the 2002 French Open, and playing in her first Major event since exiting the first round of the 2006 Aussie Open. She was making only her second Major appearance since 2004.

Dokić became the first woman in Aussie Open history to play in five straight three-set matches.
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The Fantastic Four
Posted by Aaress Lawless (www.onthebaseline.com)
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Jelena Dokić's fairytale run came to an end at the hands of the tournament's third seed. The pair's second meeting had Safina down as the favourite on paper, but Dokić as the favoured player in the hearts of the Australians.

Playing with a strapped ankle as a result of Sunday night's stumble, it was a topsy turvy and scrappy affair on Rod Laver Arena. Safina served poorly (11 double faults and won only 38% of second serves) and her huge backswing caused many of the balls to fly pass the baseline. There were signs of nerves from her grunting; however, once the sound-effects stopped (albeit only for a few games), she started striking the ball more cleanly.

Safina is lucky to have beaten Dokić, and will need to raise the level of her game to even have a chance against Vera Zvonarëva.
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Safina v Dokić Most-Watched Women's Match Ever
http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2943
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The excitement surrounding the Australian Open and Jelena Dokić's comeback reached a fever-pitch Down Under on Tuesday, as the intense three-set match between home-heroine Jelena Dokić and Russian No.3 seed Dinara Safina became the country's most-watched women's match at the Australian Open since the ratings-system began in 2001.

The match peaked at 3.243 million viewers across Australia's five major metropolitan markets, and was the country's most-viewed quarter-final and the sixth-most watched match - between men or women - since 2001. Roughly half of all television-viewers in Australia were watching coverage of the Australian Open.

Dokić, who sees 2009 as her final chance for a major comeback, won her first Major match since 2003 in her first-round match against Tamira Paszek of Austria. She went on to surpass world No.17 Anna Chakvetadze in the second round, and then defeated 11th seed seed Caroline Wozniacki in the third round, making 2009 the first time she has reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Though Dokić's meteoric rise through the Australian Open was ended in the match, her attitude remains upbeat towards the upcoming year. "I think it was a good match. I played three sets with the No.3 player in the world. Everything is positive. I've had a great tournament," she said at the post-match press-conference. "Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes they don't. I have to take all the positives and negatives out of today, and really learn for the rest of the year about what I will do differently in a match like that."

Safina had only wonderful things to say about her opponent and the match. "She was No.4 in the world, or even higher," she recalled. "She's a great player. Just a matter of time and she continues working like this, working hard, and, you know, you can see that she's a great player."

Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood praised the players and the coverage of the event: "The Australian Open 2009 and the comeback of Jelena Dokić truly have captured the hearts and minds of the nation, with viewers continuing to tune in to follow the event and Jelena's progress," he said. "We are delighted that the viewing public is supporting its own world-class sporting-event."
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Safina, Dokić enjoy breakthrough-fortnights too
htt://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/1/newsroom/stories/?ContentID=2945
Saturday 31st February 2009
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Despite the loss [in the final], Safina won over the crowds and earned the respect of so many during her fortnight in Melbourne. Perhaps her most entertaining show came in her fourth-round match, where she rallied back from 2-5 down in the third set - saving two match-points down 4-5, as well - to beat rising star Alizé Cornet; she also went the distance against tournament-darling Jelena Dokić, ending the run of the Australian sentimental favourite in three tough sets: 6-4 4-6 6-4. She then beat countrywoman and first-time Major singles semi-finalist Vera Zvonarëva.

Dokić's run was surely one of the biggest stories of the tournament. Having been predominantly off the Tour for the last four years - either out of the game completely due to personal issues, or trying to work her way back in the minor leagues - the former world No.4 earned a spot in the main draw thanks to an Australian wild-card play-off during the off-season, edged Tamira Paszek in the first round, and barely looked back. She knocked off two top-twenty players - Anna Chakvetadze and Caroline Wozniacki - then beat another seed - Alisa Kleybanova - to reach her first Australian Open quarter-final. She lost the aforementioned duel to Safina, but she won everyone's respect all over again, and is surely poised to make another run towards the upper echelon of the women's game.
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3. More reports to come!
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This completes Phase 1 of my Australian Open 2009 reports - the daily reports while the tournament was running, and then tending to the fallen.

Phase 2 is to finish the full BBC TV-reports for my Eternal Fanship over the coming weekends, including three of Jelena's matches:
* 3r: Jelena Dokić v Caroline Wozniacki (ETA 22nd February 2009)
* 4r: Jelena Dokić v Alisa Kleybanova (ETA 1st March 2009)
* qf: Jelena Dokić v Dinara Safina (ETA 15th March 2009)

Phase 3 is to order other matches involving my Eternal Fanship from Tennis Videos International <http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/> when the 2009 tennis-season is over, and to write up full TV-reports over the Christmas-holidays. This includes two of Jelena's matches:
* 1r: Jelena Dokić v Tamira Paszek (ETA 25th December 2009)
* 2r: Jelena Dokić v Anna Chakvetadze (ETA 27th December 2009)

The above dates are pessimistic estimates, and are subject to change in either direction. I am bound by my vows of Eternal Fanship to complete Phase 2, but Phase 3 is an optional extra, as I have not actually vowed to order any matches from Tennis Videos international, nor vowed to write them up if I do.

I did consider ordering the Phase 3 matches immediately after the Australian Open, but due to the large number of matches versus the limited time I'll have to write them up, and me having a significant backlog coming out of the Australian Open, that plan is scratched... probably (my Passion says "order them now", but my Reason says "wait until the off-season").

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Dr. Andrew Broad

P.S. I'm pleased to see that Jelena is crushing the opposition in Fed Cup this week!

andrewbroad
Mar 1st, 2009, 08:42 PM
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Third round (Friday 23rd January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. CAROLINE WOZNIACKI [11], 3-6 6-1 6-2

I saw this match on the BBC Red Button, and have just uploaded my full TV-report - including a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of the on-court interviews, and of selected commentary - to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/australian_open2009.html

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Mar 8th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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Fourth round (Sunday 25th January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. ALISA KLEYBANOVA [29], 7-5 5-7 8-6

I saw this match on the BBC Red Button, and have just uploaded my full TV-report - including a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of the on-court interviews, and of selected commentary - to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/australian_open2009.html

Sam Smith: "Jelena Dokić feeds on winners: if you get one, you get another one."

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Mar 21st, 2009, 01:35 AM
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1. Quarter-final
2. More reports to come!
3. Article: Dokić to take a break

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1. Quarter-final (Tuesday 27th January 2009)
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- Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] lt. DINARA SAFINA [3], 4-6 6-4 4-6

I saw this match on the BBC Red Button, and have just uploaded my full TV-report - including a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of selected commentary - to my website:
http://geocities.com/andrewbroad/tennis/dokic/australian_open2009.html

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2. More reports to come!
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This completes Phase 2 of my Australian Open 2009 reports - the full BBC TV-reports for my Eternal Fanship.

Phase 3 is to order other matches involving my Eternal Fanship from Tennis Videos International (http://www.users.bigpond.com/tennisvideos1/) when the 2009 tennis-season is over, and to write up full TV-reports over the Christmas-holidays. This includes two of Jelena's matches:
* 1r: Jelena Dokić v Tamira Paszek (ETA 25th December 2009)
* 2r: Jelena Dokić v Anna Chakvetadze (ETA 27th December 2009)

The above dates are pessimistic estimates, and are subject to change in either direction. I was bound by my vows of Eternal Fanship to complete Phase 2, but Phase 3 is an optional extra, as I have not actually vowed to order any matches from Tennis Videos International, nor vowed to write them up if I do.

I did consider ordering the Phase 3 matches immediately after the Australian Open, but due to the large number of matches versus the limited time I'll have to write them up, and me having a significant backlog coming out of the Australian Open, that plan is scratched... probably (my Passion says "order them now", but my Reason says "wait until the off-season").

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3. Article: Dokić to take a break
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Dokić to take a break (Bob Larson, Tennis Australia, Monday 16th March 2009)
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Jelena Dokić wants nothing more than the chance to recharge her physical and mental batteries after mis-handling her schedule following January's surprise Australian Open quarter-final.

The Australian lost in her first match at the Indian Wells Masters, and admitted that she is yearning for some precious down-time.

The No.80 was playing only her second WTA match since the Open, and said she may have got her scheduling wrong.

"I haven't been home [to Monte Carlo] since September," said the 25-year-old. "I'm exhausted, and don't know what to do on the court right now.

"I've had no rest for six months, and I'm tired mentally."

Dokić made a fairytale return in Melbourne - after qualifying into the Open by winning a play-off in December.

She was then picked for the winning Optus Australian Fed Cup team the week afterwards, and then had to make her way to Memphis to play qualifying.

"I've played only one event for my ranking since Melbourne," she complained. "I got the scheduling really wrong, and now I'm paying for it."
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Jelena, feel free to skip Miami if you need to, but please peak for the French Open and especially Wimbledon!

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Dr. Andrew Broad

andrewbroad
Dec 28th, 2009, 10:53 PM
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Welcome to Phase 3 of my Australian Open 2009 reports: the full TV-reports I'm writing up from the DVDs I acquired from Tennis Videos International at the end of the season.

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First round (Monday 19th January 2009)
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+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. Tamira Paszek, 6-2 3-6 6-4

I acquired 7 Sport's coverage of the match from Tennis Videos International in December 2009. This coverage starts at 6-2 1-0* (Deuce #2).

In the second set, Jelena served with great precision, hitting six aces (including one on her second serve, which she was generally hitting pretty much the same as her first serve). But she couldn't put pressure on Paszek's serve, and got increasingly anxious and irritated as she got closer to scoring her first main-draw win at a Major since the US Open 2003. She made a number of unforced errors, and errors where she tried to blast her way out of defensive positions when she should have concentrated on just getting the ball back. She was broken for 3-4*, and again for 3-6. Paszek hit some nice groundstrokes, but Jelena did more to lose the set than Paszek did to win it.

In the third set, Jelena raced to a *4-1 lead with much more sturdy play. She then lost a marathon game of five deuces in which she had a point for 5-1* before Paszek converted her seventh break-point: 4-2*. Jelena gifted Paszek an easy hold to love, and her body-language was negative again – despite still being a break up at *4-3. She was taken to Deuce on her serve, but held for 5-3* with a backhand dropshot-winner and a crosscourt forehand winner. She gifted Paszek another hold to love – making it *5-4 – then served out the match to 30 – sealed with a short-angled crosscourt forehand winner onto the sideline! :D

My full TV-report – which includes a point-by-point description, and selective transcription of the commentary – is available on my new website (along with my third-round, fourth-round and quarter-final reports for Jelena, which I wrote up in March):

http://abroad.sqweebs.com/tennis/dokic/australian_open2009.html

I will write up Jelena's second-round match against Anna Chakvetadze later this week, and post it on Thursday or Friday.

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Dr. Andrew Broad

Mashabator
Dec 29th, 2009, 03:10 AM
a year later

:lol:

andrewbroad
Jan 1st, 2010, 05:22 PM
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Very nice winner, very nice loser:
+ Jelena Dokić [WC,EF] d. ANNA CHAKVETADZE [17,EF], 6-4 6-7 (4/7) 6-3

It's the match the BBC didn't deign to televise, but I acquired 7 Sport's coverage from Tennis Videos International in December 2009.

It was a well-contested and very emotional match: Anna looked close to tears at 4-6 *1-4, but it was Jelena who cried at the end, as she sat on her chair after shaking hands.

It was an excellent performance by Jelena – the kind I might have expected if she had had five years of good development in 2004–2008 instead of a terrible slump. She overpowered Anna with her serve and groundstrokes – in fact, I don't think I've ever seen Jelena serve as well as she did in this match! Her first and second serves were consistently deep, often out wide, and she achieved amazing precision, hitting the service-line or putting her serves right in the corner time and again! Jelena maintained a consistently high level of play throughout the match, and didn't have any of the alarmingly erratic phases that have plagued her in the past.

Anna's performance, by contrast, was so up and down. At times, she looked like a world-beater, with her flairsome groundstrokes, spreading rallies, hellacious angles, wonderful anticipation and superior movement giving Anna-fans much to savour. Although she was overpowered, she did hit 28 winners to Jelena's 27! But her performance was marred by some terrible mishits, short second serves, and 16 double faults.

In the first set, the first six games were serve-dominated, and it was Anna who broke first for *4-3, as Jelena made the mistake of giving her acute angles to return with interest! But Jelena broke straight back to love with the help of an off-forehand winner and two double faults. The last two games of the first set featured plenty of winners from both girls, but Jelena won them both to take the set 6-4.

In the second set, Jelena took a *4-1 lead as she overpowered Anna with her serve and groundstrokes, and showed much more intensity than Anna, who looked close to tears at 4-6 *1-4. Jelena served for the match at *5-3 and led 30/15, but a choky backhand switched the momentum to Anna, who fought back to 5-5 as both girls looked extremely nervous. Anna at 5-5* (0/40*) won an amazing rally that culminated with her hitting a volley past Jelena with them both at the net, but Jelena held for 6-5*. Jelena also led 3/2* in the tiebreak, but Anna found form to take it 7/4.

I expected Jelena to wilt in the third set after missing those chances, and because I don't think she's as fit as she used to be. But she's done a lot of hard work in the last year, and Anna was the one who got tired, although Jelena had problems with her right leg. Jelena broke at the start of the third set (after Anna had led 40/15), had her right Achilles' tendon looked at at *2-1, saved a break-point in a game of six deuces to hold for 3-1*, and missed a break-point as Anna held for 2-3*. Jelena got her right calf massaged, took a 5-3* lead, and pegged Anna back from 30/0 to get three nonconsecutive match-points: Anna saved the first two, but finished the match with a quadruple fault.

My full TV-report – which includes a point-by-point description, and transcriptions of the players' interviews and selected commentary – is now available on my new website:

http://abroad.sqweebs.com/tennis/dokic/australian_open2009.html

--
Dr. Andrew Broad