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SM
Dec 9th, 2003, 01:14 PM
EVIE 2003 ROUND UP
Evie Dominikovic has finished another turbulent year ranked as Australia's 3rd best WTA PRO. This is an achievement alot of players dream about, but for Evie it is typical of every year and she has yet to show her true potential of at least finishing top 50.

Evie began the year strong in Australia losing in the 2r quallies of Gold Coast (tier3), 1r MD of Sydney (tier2) and making the 3r of the Australian Open to defend last year's points. Good results, but Evie was typically quite flashy. Serving for the match against top 20 player Tatiana Panova at Sydney people expected Evie to cause the upset but her booming serves and forehand began to lose potency and in the 3rd set it looked like Evie was hoping for Tatiana to make errors as she lost 6-3 6-7 2-6. Then in 3R at the Australian Open Evie crushed top 30 ranked Anne Kremer seeded no.22 and people expected her to at least make it through to the 4R but she was outgunned by an in-form Denisa Chladkova 6-3 6-2. Overall, a solid start to 2003.

En route to the next Grand Slam Evie's results began to spiral down. She accumulated five 1r losses but did show flashes of good play beating top junior Sania Mirza at Hyderabad, qualifying and making 2r at Key Biscane before losing in a tight 3-setter to a big up-and-commer in Marion Bartoli, and wining some qualifying rounds at Sarasota and Charleston on the green clay. AT ROLAND GARROS EVIE PLAYED AWESOME. It was a daunting draw but Evie raised the bar and showed she not only could THRASH a pretty good player like Benesova but nearly beat VENUS WILLIAMS. Evie lost to Venus 3-6 6-4 2-6 but said she truly thought she could beat Venus especially if she played how she did in round1. Too bad Evie was relatively inexperienced to take advantage of the situation she was handed.

ROLAND GARROS was the last bright spot in Evies year. Perhaps the loss to the Venus that was a winnable match left a dent in her confidence? Two weeks later at Wimbledon the door was slammed shut in Evies face 6-0 6-2 by rising superstar Verza Zvonareva who actually took Venus out at Roland Garros. Sadly, Evie played very few tournaments in the next months after this loss possibly due to a lack of motivation or fatigue and when she did play she lost in the first round. Evie had not won a match since JUNE in a lead-in tournament to Wimbledon, and did not do so again until OCTOBER in the Australian Challenger circuit.

At Mackay October 19th Evie thrashed Gabrielle Baker 6-1 6-1 in the first round as expected with Gabrielle being ranked #469 and the real test was to come in the second round where Evie faced and fell to Musgrave in a close 3-setter, which was shocking at the time but Musgrave is now ranked fairly high at 262 after solid performances in the Aussie challenger circuit which saw her accumulate the most points and gain a WC to the AUSSIE OPEN.

Evie lost in the 2R in 5 OF THE 6 CHALLEGERS which was not a good result for Evie but considering she had played so little and had so little matches under her belt since Wimbeldon in JUNE/JULY it was good for her confidence to get a few wins. :). Evies losses fortunately were all close loses and mainly to quality opponents like Musgrave #262, Spears #211, Van Exel #251, and Jeon #252 who are all ranked around the 200s. The only exception being a QF in the final leg of the Aussie challenger circuit at Mount Gambier so hopefully it will be a sign that she’s ready to slowly lift her game back up to where it belongs, in the top 100 for 2004.


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AUSTRALIAN RANKINGS
36. Alicia Molik
53. Nicole Pratt
131. Evie Dominikovic
161. Samantha Stosur
165. Christina Wheeler
258. Monique Adamczak
274. Trudi Musgrave
277. Lauren Breadmore
284. Casey Dellacqua
319. Bryanne Stewart
321. Lisa McShea
342. Mireille Dittmann
350. Rachel McQuillan
449. Nicole Kriz
466. Jaslyn Hewitt
481. Gabrielle Baker
505. Nicole Sewell
528. Kristen van Elden
553. Lauren Cheung
555. Sophie Ferguson
562. Beti Sekulovski
569. Dubravka Cupac
573. Amanda Grahame
601. Cindy Watson
641. Deanna Roberts
691. Cassandra Barr
769. Tiffany Welford
777. Adriana Szili
795. Natasha Kersten
808. Kate Pinchbeck
844. Darya Ivanov
863. Lisa D'Amelio
899. Lara Giltinan
904. Daniella Dominikovic ;)
915. Olivia Lukaszewicz
927. Sarah Stone
1014. Christina Horiatopoulos
1036. Carolyn Mc Gann
1053. Emily Hewson
1062. Christine Alford
1095. Bianca Acquistapace
1096. Jana Cabak
1105. Bronwyn Williams
1105. Rebecca Turner
1110. Bree Calderwood
1113. Dragana Jakovljevic
1117. Renee Mullinger GO AUSSIES

azza
Dec 9th, 2003, 09:29 PM
Evie and Sam has atrocios year ends :sad:

SM
Dec 10th, 2003, 12:21 AM
yes i know but we can always focus on the positive aspects..

SM
Dec 10th, 2003, 12:22 AM
evie didnt finish ranked too badly..im sure with the break shell come back hopefully fresh and rejuvenated like she always seems to be at the beginning ofd the season at the aus opens

nitocris_tiger
Dec 10th, 2003, 12:01 PM
Great summary Steve! :hatoff:

I've been a little miffed lately at some posts here saying that Evie isn't worth giving a wild card to for the Aus Open. OK, we all know that 2003 wasn't the best year for Evie but I think you are all forgetting that she is still the No.3 ranked Australian, has been for some time and no one (except maybe Sam at the beginning of the year) has even come close! You don't get into that position by losing matches.

Of course the Aus Open is the big test, if Evie can't at least make the 2nd Rnd she will lose a lot of points and prob drop out of the top 150. But she has the ability to pull wins when you least expect it...especially in Grand Slams!

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 10th, 2003, 12:20 PM
Evie lacks the work load and persistence of some of the other WTA girls :(

SM
Dec 11th, 2003, 02:11 AM
shes in her early 20s...u must be thinking of rachel mcquillan

azza
Dec 11th, 2003, 10:05 AM
i'm not saying that Evie is old or anything, after all, she is only 33

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SpikeyAidanm
Dec 12th, 2003, 12:10 PM
Nice Work SM, :clap2: :bowdown:

Do u think my Alicia Review could get a temporary Sticky? :awww: :baby: :angel: :awww: :scratch: :hug:

SM
Dec 12th, 2003, 08:14 PM
sure ;)

SpikeyAidanm
Dec 13th, 2003, 01:23 AM
Thanks :awww: :bowdown: :rocker2: