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Dokic to play Sydney on a wildcard

Dokic to play Sydney on a wildcard

29 December 2011

Former world No. 4 Jelena Dokic has been awarded the first female wildcard into the Apia International Sydney, tournament organisers announced today. Read more

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I’m back with dad – Jelena

I’m back with dad – Jelena

28 September 2011

I would like to confirm media reports that I have reconciled with my father Damir Dokic. Read more

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Jelena exits with sore shoulder

Jelena exits with sore shoulder

2 September 2011

Jelena Dokic’s troublesome shoulder returned to haunt her in a 6-3 6-4 US Open second round loss to 2008 finalist Jelena Jankovic. Read more

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Jelena advances to meet Jankovic in NY

Jelena advances to meet Jankovic in NY

31 August 2011

Jelena Dokic overcame an injury-troubled preparation to advance to a US Open second round clash with 2008 finalist and former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic. Read more

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Jelena beaten early in San Diego

Jelena beaten early in San Diego

3 August 2011

Jelena Dokic’s US Open build up is off to a rocky start with a second consecutive first round loss. Read more

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Jelena beaten at Maryland

Jelena beaten at Maryland

27 July 2011

Jelena Dokic’s roller-coaster tennis season dipped again with a first round loss as she started her US Open build up.

Fourth seed Dokic was beaten 6-3 6-4 by China’s Zhang Shuai at the WTA hardcourt event in suburban Washington on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Australian won only one WTA match in 2010 but her comeback surged with a sixth career WTA title in Kuala Lumpur in February and a runner-up effort last month at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

The grand slams haven’t been kind to Dokic in 2011 however, with a second round loss at the Australian Open followed by first round exits at the French Open and Wimbledon.

Aiming for better at the upcoming US Open, world No.54 Dokic was returning to tournament action on Tuesday after pulling out of two events earlier this month due to a hamstring injury.

“I’m not too disappointed. I would have liked to have won but I’m looking forward. The idea is to peak for the US Open,” Dokic said.

“It’s quite a long season. The first tournament is always a warmup to get into it. There is a transition from clay to grass to hardcourts and I’m still getting used to it. There’s a lot of tennis still coming.

“I’ve had some good results (this year) but had some quite erratic results … I would like to be a little more consistent.

“Winning a title has helped me and gotten my confidence back up. It’s just a matter of keeping that going. It’s not so much about the ranking. It’s about improving my game.”

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Dokic loses enthralling contest

Dokic loses enthralling contest

21 June 2011

Jelena Dokic lost an enthralling three-set match against sixth seed Francesca Schiavone on Monday, the opening day of Wimbledon.

The crafty Italian clawed her way to a 6-4 1-6 6-3 first-round victory in just over two hours with the match completed under the centre court roof following afternoon showers.

Dokic put up a heck of a fight considering her restricted movement with her left thigh heavily strapped, using heavy ground strokes to move Schiavone around.

However last year’s French Open champion and this year’s Roland Garros runner-up captured the key moments in the match.

Dokic entered the encounter brimming with confidence after reaching the final of a lead-up tournament in the Netherlands on Saturday.

The Australian had also won her three previous matches against Schiavone and was well aware that grass is not the Italian’s strongest surface.

Dokic looked stronger than Schiavone early on but was unable to take her chances in the first set as the feisty European claimed it 6-4.

Dropping the set seemed to steel Dokic and she finally claimed a break point at her seventh attempt by rifling a backhand across the approaching Schiavone.

The Australian pummelled her opponent in the second set, only a rolled ankle momentarily slowing her progress in taking the second set.

Rain halted play with the scores locked at 1-1 in the deciding set with Dokic holding the momentum.

Following the closing of the roof and a 50-minute break, including their warm-up, a refreshed Schiavone was more positive and snatched a break.

Dokic broke back immediately but, at 4-3 down, the Australian double faulted to hand Schiavone the chance to serve for the match.

The Australian pressed, having three break points, but the Italian kept her head to finish off the job.

Schiavone faces either Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic or Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round.

Their match did not get underway due to the rain which forced 31 of the 64 scheduled matches to be carried over to Tuesday.

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Dokic to open on centre court

Dokic to open on centre court

20 June 2011

Jelena Dokic will cap her latest career resurrection by making her first Wimbledon centre court appearance in nearly a decade against Italy’s Francesca Schiavone on Monday.

Dokic will carry Australia’s hopes on the opening day of the grand slam with bad weather predicted to cause delays at the south-west London venue.

After failing to progress through Wimbledon qualifying last year, the rejuvenated Dokic has the chance to enjoy playing on arguably the sport’s grandest stage at the tournament’s 125th anniversary.

And rain won’t be a problem for her with the roof on centre court in operation for the third year.

The 2000 Wimbledon semi-finalist’s clash with former French Open champion Schiavone is sandwiched in between the opening round matches of Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray respectively.

The Australian has slashed her ranking from 135 at the beginning of the year to 45 following her title win in Kuala Lumpur and final last week in the Netherlands.

Dokic relished the prospect of playing in front on centre court and was full of confidence following her impressive lead-up form on grass.

“It’s a big court but I do like big courts,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“Generally this tournament brings back lots of memories for me.

“I’m still in tournament and match mode, I’ve played five matches in five days and only had one day off, it’s a good position to be in.”

Dokic has only made the Wimbledon main draw twice in the past seven years but fancied her chances against Schiavone, who tends not to be so strong on grass.

“At the beginning of the year, I first wanted to get to the top 100, then top 50, now I’m 45 and it’s only halfway through the year,” she said.

“Now it’s realistic to say I could be top 30 and that’s where I would like to finish the year.

“I think trying to be seeded at the Australian Open is realistic, and a nice goal to have.”

Marinko Matosevic is the other Australian in action on the opening day, he is due to make his Wimbledon debut against 25th-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela on court 16.

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Vinci beats Jelena in Rosmalen final

Vinci beats Jelena in Rosmalen final

19 June 2011

Italian seventh seed Roberta Vinci saw off Australian Jelena Dokic 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 7-5 to win the WTA tournament at Rosmalen on Saturday, adding the crown to an earlier success this season in Barcelona.

Dokic went down fighting in staving off three match points but finally conceded after 2hr 5min on court as Vinci landed her fifth career title.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Dokic said the weather conditions had made life difficult but saluted her opponent.

“The conditions were difficult, the wind, the cold, it wasn’t easy. But that takes nothing away from Roberta, who was a deserved winner. She didn’t crack on the big points.”

Dokic, who landed her first title in nine years at Kuala Lumpur earlier this season, insisted that her run in the Netherlands would stand her in good stead for Wimbledon, where in 1999 she caused a sensation by dumping out former world number one Martina Hingis in the opening round.

Vinci insisted meanwhile that “I am ready for Wimbledon, even if I am a little tired. I will go to London without any pressure – though the standard will be much higher than at Rosmalen.”

Vinci, 28, will take on Russian Vera Dushevina in the opening round while Dokic will meet French Open runner-up and last year’s Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone.

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Jelena in career-best form

Jelena in career-best form

18 June 2011

Jelena Dokic says she is at her career best going into Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old who on Saturday faces Roberta Vinci in the final of the Unicef Open – a pre-Wimbledon WTA tournament in Holland – claims her return to form comes with valuable playing experience and mental preparedness.

“I think I’m a much better player now than I was before so if I can keep going and keep playing well I think I will be … much more experienced now,” Dokic told a reporters in Rosmalen on Friday.

“When you go through a lot you have a lot more experience, you know how to deal with certain situations.”

Dokic, a one-time world number four, goes into Britain’s prestigious grand slam ranked 59th after a slump in form last year.

In the first round next week she meets former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

In her three meetings with the world number seven Italian, Dokic has emerged victorious, including when they met in Kuala Lumpur in February.

“I’m looking forward to that match actually because we played in Kuala Lumpur on the hard court and a pretty high-bouncing court that maybe suits her a little bit more and on grass I think maybe I have a little bit of an advantage,” Dokic said.

“I play a little bit more aggressive than her and I play more flat and her top spin game, she cannot use it as much maybe as on clay in the French Open, so it’s tough for both of us to play that match first round but I’m looking forward to the match.”

Of her Wimbledon draw, Dokic said “It’s not maybe the best draw but it’s definitely not the toughest”, adding that Rosmalen has been excellent preparation.

“I am happy that I have been able to win all these matches here and I haven’t lost a set yet, so a great sign for me. I have to be happy with my form,” she said.

Dokic is one of four Australians in the main draw of Wimbledon’s women’s singles, along with Samantha Stosur, Anastasia Rodionova and Jarmila Gajdosova.

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