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Rankled over slip in rankings, Dokic on mission
By Sean Barker
August 19 2003
New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN — Jelena Dokic knows she’s not going to wake up today and suddenly be No. 4 in the world again, as she was at this time last year.

It’s going to take little steps, like the one she took Monday, defeating 19th-ranked Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 6-2 on Stadium Court in a Pilot Pen Tennis first-round match.

"I played well," Dokic said. "I haven’t had a great year."

The winner of five WTA Tour titles since turning pro, Dokic has struggled this year, dropping to the No. 17 ranking in the world and making just one semifinal appearance in 19 tournaments. She advanced to 11 previous semifinals in her career, including six last year.

She has advanced to six quarterfinal matches. To reach the quarterfinals here, Dokic needs to defeat top-seeded Lindsay Davenport.

"I look at it as a no-pressure situation," Dokic said. "I’m not supposed to win. In some ways I think that gives me an advantage."

This has not been an easy year for Dokic. She has not won a tournament since Birmingham, a Tier III event, last June.

Dokic has won back-to-back matches just four times this year and is just 19-21 overall. She was knocked out of Wimbledon in the third round by Maria Sharapova, a wild card.

It was at Wimbledon in 1999 where Dokic, then ranked 129th, burst onto the tennis scene, upsetting then-No. 1 Martina Hingis en route to the quarterfinals.

Dokic, who had five aces Monday, broke Shaughnessy twice in each set. The match lasted 1 hour, 3 minutes.

She lost to Shaughnessy in their only other match this year — 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals at Scottsdale, Ariz., back in February.

"I would not have won this match six months ago," Dokic said.

Dokic, who was forced to pull out of this tournament last year with a right hamstring injury, accepted a wild-card entry this year.

Dokic, 20, reached the quarterfinals of the Pilot Pen in 2001 before falling to Jennifer Capriati.

"I played a lot matches over the years," said Dokic, who competed in 79 singles matches last year and 76 in 2001. "I think that led to me being tired both mentally and physically. I’ve played less this year. When you start to lose a bit, you start to lose your confidence."

But the burning desire to be the best, a goal many felt she had the potential to achieve as recently as last year, remains.

"My place is, at minimal, in the top 10," Dokic said. "I’m just trying to get back to as close to that as I can, and then I’ll focus on next year."
 

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Dokic:
I’ve played less this year
That's a joke-right? New Haven is event #22 this year and Dokic entered 28 last year. She's on pace to enter just as many.

Dumb-chick just doesn't get it. She's stale and overtennised. 6 weeks off the tour would do wonders for her. What a waste of a great talent.
 

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Rollo said:
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That's a joke-right? New Haven is event #22 this year and Dokic entered 28 last year. She's on pace to enter just as many.

Dumb-chick just doesn't get it. She's stale and overtennised. 6 weeks off the tour would do wonders for her. What a waste of a great talent.
but she has played less...because she's lost early in all the events :) same # of events, not as many matches because of her exits
 

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She has advanced to six quarterfinal matches. To reach the quarterfinals here, Dokic needs to defeat top-seeded Lindsay Davenport.
Kim is not supposed to make any career moves without consulting me. When did she change her name to Lindsay Davenport?
 

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i really really hope that jelena get her act together. she has the talent to win majors just not the mental fortitude right now. it would do her wonders to really stop playing for a month or so and just train and get her life in order. i would love to see her back in the top 10 and challenging to be part of the top 5.
 

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Kim is not supposed to make any career moves without consulting me. When did she change her name to Lindsay Davenport?
This is from New Haven. So Kim is Kim still, and Lindsay was Lindsay still in August.

Shaughnessy lost to Callens this week. Its not a new article. Or at least, if it is, its took a damn long time to be published.
 
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