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World no 8 Jelena Dokic of Yugoslavia has shown that not only has her tennis game started to mature over the last few months but also her outlook on tennis itself.

During the Womens AT&T Rogers Cup Tennis Event, Dokic, 18, hired Japanese fitness trainer Mike Nishihara to work with her.

Since then the improvement in Dokic's fitness and strength has been undeniable however after losing to Lindsay Davenport in Sunday's final in Linz, Dokic realised she still had a long way to go.

'Lindsay played great out there but I didn't play that well. I know I've still got a long way to go, a long way to improve. I may not have beaten her today but I know I'll be able to beat lindsay soon' said the disappointed Dokic.

Dokic has taken her lead and now hired a permanent coach to travel around with her on the tour.

Radmilo Armenulic will now work with Dokic on a permanent basis. He believes that Dokic still has a lot of room for improvement.

"Jelena is already a good player and I can help her". "She work so hard on her fitness and movement but not it's time to work on her game"

Armenulic says that he'll begin by working through the flaws in the Dokic serve. "Jelena is too up and down. She don't go into the court and rotate her shoulder" said Armenulic.

Armenulic says another point of concern that will be addressed immediately is Dokic's net game and variety. "Jelena can volley good but she have no confidence. I teach her to go to net and finish point. Also, when Jelena lose, she don't know anything else to do, just hit, hit hit. I teach her to slice, topspin, make the ball magic" said Armenulic.

Armenulic says that Dokic's potential is unlimited and once they get rid of the flaws and improve her game, anything is possible. "We make Jelena game better, we teach her patience, tactics, court smarts and who knows, she could be no 1 one day"

Dokic said she felt that she could only improve. "I feel that now with my trainer and coach, I'm ready to make my career the best it can be"

<br />It is understood that from next year, only Dokic's coach and trainer will travel with her as her parents, Damir and Lilijana look after younger brother Savo in Florida.

<br />I think it's a great move for Jelena and she's only gonna move on up!
 

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Very encouraging news. He's spot on with everything he says. Jelena needs a better serve and more variety & it sounds like she's gonna get that from him.
 
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i like her confidence. how she said that she dindt win lindsay that time, but one day she will.

...excellent...
 

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A great move for jelena, hopefully it will be the link in her starting to win (or at least start competing) in 'the big matches'.

Sounds like a really smart move.
 

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There are still a few more bits from the article:

<br />Armenulic also believed that Dokic has the game to outgun the the more powerful players on the WTA Tour like Venus Williams and Lindsay Davenport. "They hit hard but Jelena can match them in her strenght of shots. What I will teach Jelena is to outsmart them. I have to teach her a better dropshot, patience and to change the pace. She cannot hit, hit, hit with these girls because they can start dominating. She will learn to make them work and confuse them" said Armenulic

<br />Armenulic's coaching resume includes stints with Monica Seles and Goran Ivanisevic before he retired away from tennis. "I coached Monica and Goran before when they first started in the tours. Then I stopped, but now I am happy to work because I see no one on the WTA Tour at 18 with the same fire as Dokic. She wants to be the best"
 

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I'm extremely happy with Jelenas game...however one thing ive noticed is she's lost her 'giant killer' label , and has now firmly entrenched herself within the top ten...but lost that status as her record is dismal against the most elite.

I agree totally with this coache's perceptions on the matter...Jelena has the game to beat any player on any given day , its a matter of playing the points correctly and not just going for broke shot after shot , becasue there are people who do that better than Jelena at this stage - - - > LINDSAY for one , and also Seles AND Williams sisters.

Jelenas game i feel is up to matching any other player..and unil she adds those extra touches to her game it iwll be tough to beeat the big babes...

Tony Roche added some elements like a bit more use of slice..more topspin on the serve(it looked more like rafters) and got her to mix it up..against Brandi at Wimbeldon 2000 the commentators applauded the fact that unliked 1999 , on the short balls when she just had to put it away instead of going for it 100% , she hit a topspin carefully in.....and she used slices and played smarter.

after she left rochey things went sour for a little .....and now that shes getting her game together and the coach has noticed she has this enormous potential ,its greta that shes shooting for the stars , or should i say...straight for venus..go get em <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> !
 

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About time too.

The weakest part of her game is her inability to get to the net and volley. This would make a huge difference to her results, as her drives are often good enough to be finished with a quick 'kill'.

I am quite sure Jelena will eventually 'get there'. I'm not sure about number 1, but she has a slam in her.

Good to see that Dad is taking a back seat, he has been very conspicuous by his absence lately, and she hardly seems to have missed him.

Jelena looked a bit 'over the top' in last weeks tournament, so Im not expecting great things from the championships this week. I think the best thing is now to go away and have a rest and work on her game for next season.

Goooooooo Jelena!
 

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Great moves by Jelena! Now, if only Elena Dementieva follow suit, and hire her own fitness trainer and travelling coach. Elena needs the help more than Jelena does. Right?
 

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Right. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

But this is great news for Jelena. I think she will improve very rapidly under this new coaching situation. Good for her!
 
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Good to see that Dad is taking a back seat, he has been very conspicuous by his absence lately, and she hardly seems to have missed him. <hr></blockquote>

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> yay jelena!!!
 
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Good to see that Dad is taking a back seat, he has been very conspicuous by his absence lately, and she hardly seems to have missed him. <hr></blockquote>

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> yay jelena!!! how could you not love her! <img src="graemlins/drool.gif" border="0" alt="[Drool]" />
 
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