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Join Date: May 2001
Rubin Wins Through; Dokic Falls
American Chanda Rubin eased into the third round of the Pacific Life Open Friday with a 6-4, 6-3 win over French qualifier Marion Bartoli. Rubin, a former world No.6 who has won five career singles titles, is making her seventh appearance in Indian Wells, but is playing here for the first time since 2000.
“It was a pretty good match,” Rubin said. “In your first match you never know how things will go, especially against a qualifier who has played three matches. I had never seen her play before, but I did see a little of her practicing. It doesn’t worry me if I haven’t seen a player before, but it’s nice to get a peek.”
Rubin, 27, reached the semifinals here in 1999 when she lost to Steffi Graf in three sets. She also reached the quarterfinals on debut in 1995 and again in 1996 and 2000.
“Last year I was sitting out at this time of the year, doing rehab and watching it on TV. I feel fortunate to be healthy now and that the tennis can take care of itself.”
Sixth seed Jelena Dokic suffered a shock 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 loss to German world No.87 Barbara Rittner. Dokic, a winner of five WTA Tour titles, is yet to reach a semifinal in five tournament appearances this year. But she said that she was looking confidently to the season ahead working with Heinz Gunthardt, the former coach of Steffi Graf.
“He’s much tougher than other coaches I’ve worked with,” she said. “He knows exactly what we need to work on.”