Showing posts with label Jelena Dokic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jelena Dokic. Show all posts

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dokic's father physically, verbally, emotionally abused her

Dokic's father physically, verbally, emotionally abused her

Jelena Dokic says her father physically, verbally and emotionally abused her from a young age when she started playing tennis.

In an autobiography to be released this week, the 34-year-old Dokic says that Damir Dokic, who also was her coach, regularly beat her, pulled her hair and ears, kicked her and even spat in her face. She said her father also frequently directed vile insults toward her.

"He beat me really badly," Dokic was quoted as saying in Sydney's Sunday Telegraph. "It basically started day one of me playing tennis. It continued on from there. It spiraled out of control."

Monday, June 20, 2011

Jelena Dokic Wimbledon Day 1 Interview - June 20th 2011

Jelena Dokic Wimbledon Day 1 Interview - June 20th 2011

Jelena Dokic lost to Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 1-6, 6-3

Q. How disappointing was that, given the way you were playing before the rain delay and also afterwards?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, uhm, it was pretty disappointing. I thought I was getting on top of her, well, that second set and beginning of the third so... Yeah, it happens. I'm not the only one that it happened to here. It's happened many times. Also today was one of those times for me as well. So, yeah, I just really have to learn a lot from this match. It's very disappointing. Very, very disappointing. But just have to try to get over it quickly.

Q. Is it a loss of momentum or more a change of conditions?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe both actually. I think, uhm, I did lose some momentum. She did a couple things differently that she didn't do up until that point. But, yeah, I lost momentum on my serve quite a bit. So, uhm, that made quite a big difference. And I think my first serve percentage really went down, which is very important in the third. If I served like I did in the first and the second, I, you know, maybe would have won because I was very close to breaking her even in that last game, so... Yeah, but also, yeah, the conditions, as well. The roof and everything was fine. But I think, yeah, I felt like I was playing better before the rain.

Q. What effect did the break have on your ankle? Did you get some treatment?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, I did. It didn't affect my game. I did twist it. I felt it. But I was still warm, so it was fine. It didn't stop me from continuing to play.

Q. Is it frustrating, particularly this sort of loss when you've done so well this year and you've got back to Centre Court?
JELENA DOKIC: It's not about the Centre Court. For us it's normal. It's just another tournament. We get to play in big conditions a lot, like big courts and stuff. So it's not about that. But I felt like I had a chance at the French Open, the match that I should have won, and also today. So that just kind of hurts a little bit. So hopefully that will turn somewhere (smiling). Yeah, I was just unlucky today, I think. She came up with a few great shots when she really, really needed to, that usually maybe she wouldn't have. For me was the other way around. So, yeah, uhm, yeah, just disappointing.

Q. Looking forward, does today convince you you can continue your way up the rankings the way you have been?
JELENA DOKIC: I think I played a good match. Of course, there's always things to improve, you know. I definitely have still things myself that I really want to work on and really improve. But, yeah, I have to continue, you know. The year is still long. As much as this is disappointing, I'm going to use the next two weeks to practice and, yeah, decide on my schedule, what I'm going to do. You know, I'm in a very good position with my ranking and getting into all the events. So I haven't been in that position in five, six, seven years. So, uhm, it definitely makes things easier that I don't have to worry about what I'm gonna do next. So, yeah, but, yeah, this will be hard to take. It will hurt for a couple days. I'll be thinking about, you know, what I could have done differently. But, yeah, I've got to move on. I'm having a good year. I would like to get just some more consistency in my matches in tournaments, and that's it. I'm sure I'll have great results again.

Q. Is your movement one of the things you'd be keen to work on?
JELENA DOKIC: Yeah. I think, yeah, just in general girls, you always try to do that, play to open court and move the girls. Especially a lot of girls don't move so good forward. She doesn't have that problem. But, yeah, I think I improved a lot in that area. But of course there's still work to be done there. So, yeah, that will be one of the things. But, uhm, there are also some things in my game I would like to work on. I did them, you know, a couple times today. It's been going good in my matches but I want to do it even more.

Q. You said you didn't know how you'd feel walking onto Centre Court. Was it an emotional feeling walking back out there?

JELENA DOKIC: No, I mean, it was normal. I tried to not think about that so much, just tried to look at it as another match. So, yeah. But it was good, you know. The court was full. There was a lot of people watching. It was good atmosphere. You know, we played three sets. So, you know, it was good. It was nice to play. Would have been just nice to win.

Q. Do you have a goal rankings wise that you think you can get back to?
JELENA DOKIC: Obviously next goal would be top 30, being 45 now. I will try to get that, work hard for that until the end of the year. I would be like to be seeded at the Australian Open to avoid first rounds like this. So, yeah, maybe if I played her in the third round or something, then, you know, you have even more matches would have been different. So, uhm, yeah, that's my next goal. I'm in a position where I can kind of think about that now. That also helps for the other tournaments, as well, to be seeded, avoid early tough rounds. Then you can play yourself into the tournament.

Q. Are you available for the next Fed Cup?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, sure. I don't know. I think that's not until next year, so yeah, why not? Yeah, it was very tough the last tie because, you know, I got sick and tired, so I couldn't make it to Melbourne. But, yeah, I would love to play the next one. I think it's after the Australian Open, so yeah.

Q. Could you expand a little bit on the things you need to learn from this match today.
JELENA DOKIC: Uhm, well, I think that rain delay was big. It changed a lot. I think I started a little bit slow. I just didn't put enough pressure on her. I kept on putting pressure on her in the second set, you know, hitting some big shots, but still not going for too much. I got in the groove of that. That's why I started winning. I think the same was at 1 All in her service game, as well. So I kind of backed off a little bit for a game or two and was kind of putting balls in and hoping things would happen. Then I made a couple of errors. Then my serve went down. So, uhm, yeah, maybe I should have just started a little bit better, a little bit more aggressive, you know. And that game at 4 3 on my serve where I had 30 Love in the third, that was a really bad game because I did two double faults and an easy mistake off a great serve. So, yeah, that shouldn't have happened. She didn't give me anything like that. Actually, she did. She broke me at 2 1. I broke her straight back. But at 4 3 in the third, I shouldn't have had a game like that. I got to learn a lot from that, what to do when I get in that situation again, you know, whether I got tight or whether it was nerves or whatever it was. But I have to, uhm, really learn from that because that was a huge game. And I even had chances in the next game to break. So, uhm, yeah, I should have been more solid on my own serve.

Schiavone battles past Dokic at Wimbledon

Schiavone battles past Dokic at Wimbledon

Francesca Schiavone beat Jelena Dokic 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the second round at Wimbledon 2011 tennis championships.

Dokic reached the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2000, although she hasn’t won a match at the All England Club since 2003.

After losing the opening set, Jelena leveled the match at one set all but her momentum was halted when rain caused a delay after two games of the deciding set as the Centre Court roof was closed.

Schiavone, took advantage of two double-faults by Dokic to break for 5-3 before saving four break points in the final game.

"The rain delay was fantastic because at the start of the third set I couldn't understand why she was playing so aggressively and I couldn't move her. Something wasn't working," Schiavone said. "When they were putting the roof up, I went back to the locker room and spoke with Barazzutti. He told me something very important, to move her around more, so I came back better."

"I was not surprised how tough it was today," Schiavone said. "She can come back to the top. But tennis is a very special sport. You have to play every tournament at a high level for years and years. She might need more time. For example, today in the third set she had opportunities and didn't catch them."

"I will have to learn a lot from this match. It's very disappointing. Very, very disappointing. But I have to get over it quickly," Dokic said. "I did lose some momentum with the change in conditions, and she did a few things differently she didn't do until that point. But I lost momentum on my serve a little bit and that made quite a big difference. I felt I was playing better before the rain."

With her ranking in the 40s now, Dokic looked at the positives. "I'm in a very good position to be getting into all the events. I haven't been in that position for five, six, seven years. It makes things easier like that. I don't have to worry about what I'm going to do next. This loss will be hard to take, but I'll move on."

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Roberta Vinci beats Jelena Dokic to win UNICEF Open title

Roberta Vinci beats Jelena Dokic to win UNICEF Open title

Roberta Vinci edged Jelena Dokic, 67(7) 63 75 to the the 2011 UNICEF Open title.

The final was tight from the start, they broke each other serves but then neither player budged in their service games.
Dokic held set points at 5-4 and 6-5 but Vinci saved them and got her own at 6-5 in the tie-break but the former world number 4 converted on her fifth set point to take the lead.

Vinci won the second set 6-3 and broke in the decider to got up 5-4. Dokic broke back but was broken in the following game. Vince got three match points and had no problems to seal the win.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Dokic vs Vinci To Meet For Den Bosch Title

Dokic vs Vinci To Meet For Den Bosch Title

Jelena Dokic will face Roberta Vinci at the Unicef Open final.

Dokic made it through after Romina Oprandi retired due to a left wrist injury when the former world number 4 was leading 64 20.

"There were a lot of good players in the draw, and a lot has happened this week," said Dokic. "I'm feeling good on the grass and I'm excited to play the final tomorrow.

"I think I'm a much better player than I was before... more experienced. When you go through a lot you learn how to deal with situations. I hope I can keep it going," she added.

Vinci beat Dominika Cibulkova, 75 61 in the other semi.

Earlier, Cibulkova had completed a quarterfinal defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova, after rain forced the suspension of play on Thursday. The Slovak won 75 46 62.

In the Semis, she seemed to run out of steam.

"Dominika is a great player, for sure, but I played a good game today," said Vinci. "I was very focused. I tried to be aggressive and play a lot of slice on her backhand. She made it difficult for me to come to the net but I tried to mix things up with drops shots as well as slice, and I think that was the key to this match. I think I'll have to play a similar game tomorrow."


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oprandi vs Dokic in UNICEF Open Semifinal, Vinci awaits rival

Oprandi vs Dokic in UNICEF Open Semifinal, Vinci awaits rival

Yanina Wickmayer was upset 64 64 by Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals of the UNICEF Open.

Vinci will next meet Svetlana Kuznetsova or Dominika Cibulkova.

The Russian and Cibulkova were playing but the match was interrupted by rain at 4-4 in the first set.

Having applied her one-handed slice to great effect to get a set and a break ahead, Vinci issued her seventh ace of the match to set up three match points against Wickmayer held off two of them but the Italian finally prevailed.

Romina Oprandi defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm 76(3) 64 to advance to the semifinals.

Oprandi, who beat Kim Clijsters in the previous round, won the first set in a tie-break, and got a deciding break in the second set to seal the match .

She will face Jelena Dokic for a place in the final. Jelena edged Johanna Larsson 76 64.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jelena Dokic upset Flavia Pennetta In Den Bosch

Jelena Dokic upset Flavia Pennetta In Den Bosch

Jelena Dokic upset Flavia Pennetta 63 64 at the Unicef Open to advance to the quarterfials.

Svetlana Kuznetsova needed 3 sets but defeated Sara Errani 36 76 61 and joined Dokic in the quarterfinal line-up.

Pennetta had won both of their previous encounters, but the pair had never met on grass where Dokic has better results as she is a former Wimbledon semifinalist.

In the quarterfinals Dokic will play against Johanna Larsson, who beat Belgian wildcard Kirsten Flipkens, 62 57 64.

Kuznetsova hit 12 aces in a tight match against an opponent who served none. After losing the opening set the Russian put herself together and won the second set tie-break and crushed her opponent in the decider.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Safina beats Dokic at Miami Sony Ericsson Open

jelena dokic sony ericsson open miami 2011Safina beats Dokic at Miami Sony Ericsson Open

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Dinara Safina defeated Jelena Dokic 64 64 to set up a second round clash with Vera Zvonareva at the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

Safina and Dokic gave tennis fans a display of powerful groundstrokes in a very tight match where he Russian was able to get a crucial break at 4-all in both to claim the win.

"I was really pleased with my serve and showed I can serve not only double faults but also some aces," Safina said. "I'm really happy with the win today, especially because I missed this tournament last year. It was a good match too - she has been playing some really great tennis and has been on fire."

"Slowly I'm starting to get some matches behind me. I'm still far from my best but we are working day by day and each win helps me get closer to where I want to be."

In their head to head record, Dinara leads her fellow countrywoman 6-5 but Zvonareva has won four of their last five meetings.

"It will be tough but I have nothing to lose," Safina said. "I'll just go out there and enjoy it. Hopefully it will be a strong performance and I can pull off a win."



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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jelena Dokic Wins Malaysian Open Title

jelena dokic wins malayisian open titleJelena Dokic Wins Malaysian Open Title

Jelena Dokic beat Lucie Safarova 2-6, 7-6 (9), 6-4 to win the Malaysian Open title.

Dokic needed 2 hours, 40 minutes to claim her first WTA singles championship since June 2002.

Safarova had an easy first set, dropping only six points on her own serve. She went up 53 in the second set and even helg two match points in the tie-break, one at 6-5 and one at 8-7.

The Czech had a 3-1 laed in the decider, but Dokic fought back again, won four of the next five games to lead 5-4 and completing the victory on her third match point.

"Lucie beat so many good players to reach the final this week. I don't know how I came back against her today," Dokic declared. "This is my second time in Malaysia - I was here 10 years ago for the first time so it has been a while. But I've been here nearly two weeks this time and it has been fantastic."

"Thanks to everyone who made this event possible, it was a pleasure to play here," the 27-year-old Dokic said to the crowd. "I have to especially thank the two people who were here with me, my boyfriend and my brother. I love you guys. Without you I wouldn't have been able to do this. I hope to come back next year and try to play well again here. Now I have to try and make my flight!"

Dokic is projected to return to the Top 60 with her results this week.

"First of all, congratulations to Jelena. She played very well today and deserved to win," the 24-year-old said on court. "It was my first time in Malaysia and I enjoyed it. It was a very nice experience. I hope to come back next year." Safarova said.


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Jelena Dokic to Faces Lucie Safarova in Malaysian Open Final

Jelena Dokic to Faces Lucie Safarova in Malaysian Open Final

Lucie Safarova scored a 62 36 63 win over Jarmila to set up a final match with Jelena Dokic at the 2011 BMW Malaysian Open.

On her part, Dokic beat Michaella Krajicek, 62 63.

Dokic got to a quick star as she broke for 2-1 in the opening set and had no problems to keep the lead to win the set.
In the second, the Australian again broke to lead 2-1.Krajicek had a chance to break back at 3-2 but she failed to convert it and Dokic held for 4-2 and didn't look back.

During their semifinal encounter, Jelena produced 15 winners to Krajicek's seven, and made 16 unforced errors against her opponenet's 27.

"I tried to really neutralize her serve and really move her around the court and dictate, because I don't think she likes that," said Dokic. "I think I did it well."

"It's a good feeling to be in a final again," Dokic added. "I was nearly out of this tournament near the beginning twice and fought my way back somehow.

"No matter what happens tomorrow, I've been playing better and better," she added. "Today I was very on top of things - I'm very happy with my form. It's been a great start to the year for me."

Safarova needed to battle more to get into the final.

The Czech started in better shape and it looked like she was going to win in straight sets but Groth got her game together in the second set and Safarova started to make more errors.

Lucie was broken early in the second set,and suddenly found herself down 5-2. Groth sealed the set with her serve and sent the match into the decider.

In the third set, Groth to the lead after breaking Safarova for 3-2 but she was not able to keep the lead as she was broken back in the following game.
Safarova broke Groth again for 5-3 and then saved four break points when serving for the match, but finally closed the win.

"Jarka really upped her game in the second set - she really pushed me," Safarova agreed. "The only way for me to get out of that was to try to overpower her more, and with that came some mistakes. But then I tried again to be more patient and wait for the opportunity - and it came."

"That service game for 4-3 was the key game of the whole match, because I was down a couple of break points and I saved it," Safarova said. "I think that brought me up a little bit again, and her down maybe a bit, and that made the difference in the end."

"Last time I played Jelena I lost 64 in the third," said Safarova about her next opponent. "It was a tough match and I'm looking forward to some revenge!"


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Friday, March 4, 2011

Dokic into semis, Bartoli Upset in Malaysian Open

jelena dokic malaysiaDokic into semis, Bartoli Upset in Malaysian Open

Jelena Dokic beat Bojana Jovanovski 76 62 to reach the semifinal at the BMW Malaysian Open.

She will next face Michaella Krajicek, who defeated Anne Kremer 62 63, in her first WTA semi in 7 years.

Jovanovski served for the first set at 5-4 and 6-5, but Dokic finally won it in the tie-break.

"I played a couple of good games at the end of the first set, and she made a couple of errors," observed Dokic. "The tie-break I think was crucial… I played a really good tie-break, and that was the key to the whole match.

"I've been getting better and better here with each match and I just want to carry my form into tomorrow," she added. "I seem to improve really quickly the more matches that I win - I gain confidence fast and that helps my game. "

Krajicek advanced to her first semi in six years.

"I wasn't serving as well as yesterday, which was a bit of a pity because I think it could have made the match a little easier," said Krajicek. "On the other hand I wasn't going for too much in the rallies, but staying solid and being aggressive enough. But the scoreline sounds easier than it actually was."

About playing against Dokic, she said: "She's a former Top 5 player, so I think she knows how to play! It's gonna be a very tough match. I know she hits hard and can really take the game to you, so that's why I'll definitely have to serve better tomorrow."

On the other side of the draw, Slovak-born Groth and Safarova will be meeting for the fourth time, with Groth holding a 2-1 head-to-head advantage.

Lucie Safarova also mae it to the semifinals after upseting Marion Bartoli 61 64. She will face Jarmila Groth for a place in the final. The Australian tennis player beat Ayumi Morita, 75 36 75.


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Photos: Malaysian Open Quarterfinals

Photos: Malaysian Open Quarterfinals

Enjoy some tennis pictures of Jarmila Groth, Ayumi Morita, Lucie Safarova, Marion Bartoli, and Jelena Dokic during their quarterfinal matches at the 2011 Malaysian Open....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jovanovski vs Dokic in Malaysian Quarterfinals

Bojana JovanovskiJovanovski vs Dokic in Malaysian Quarterfinals

Bojana Jovanovski defeated Urszula Radwanska 16 75 64 to advance to the quarterfinals of the BMW Malaysian Open.

Next for the young Serb is Jelena Dokic, who beat Kurumi Nara 36 76(6) 62.

Jovanovski was down 61 42 but was able to recover to win the encounter.

"It was so hot today, and I didn't have too much time to prepare for these conditions," said Jovanovski. "I came from Doha, where it wasn't nearly as hot and I played a long match today. So I'm very glad I won."

This is the second time this season that Jovanovski reaches the quarterfinal at a WTA event, she beat Flavia Pennetta in Sydney quarters.

"I will try to be recovered and ready for that match," Jovanovski said about her quarterfinal match with Dokic. "I will try to serve better to get some easy points. Jelena is a good player. It will be an interesting match for sure."

Dokic, who upset Francesca Schiavone in the opening round, also needed to battle to get through.
The Japanese served for the match at 6-5 in the second set and was two points from victory at 6-6 in the second set tie-break before Dokic took charge.

"I'd never played her before. I didn't know what to expect and how to play her," Dokic said. "She was really getting everything back. She didn't make one mistake until the third set. I knew if I won the second set I would have a chance in the third. I really fought to the end in that second set and it paid off."


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Monday, February 28, 2011

Jelena Dokic upset Francesca Schiavone at the BMW Malaysian Open

Jelena Dokic upset Francesca Schiavone at the BMW Malaysian Open

Francesca Schiavone was beaten by Jelena Dokic 26 76 64 in the first round of the BMW Malaysian Open on Monday.

Dokic, who is back into the top 100, played the Italian for the last time in Moscow 2001 and she took the win there as well.

Today, Schiavone raced to a 3-0 lead but the match was suspended by rain and Dokic had a chance to regroup. When play resumed, the Australian held serve for the first time, and broke back to close the gap to 3-2 before Schiavone broke again to seal the opener.

In the second set, Schiavone broke in the first game but was broken right back. The next 10 service games were on serve and they reached a tie-break where Dokic claimed a 3-1 and never looked back. Schiavone took a tumble,and needed a medical time out for treatment on her right ankle.

At 2-2 in the third set Dokic broke to lead 3-2, saved a break point in her next service game but then conceded just one point in each of her next service games to close it out.

"Francesca plays with a lot more topspin than other girls, and it was hard to get used to," said Dokic. "She was putting pressure on me, my serve was not working and I just made too many mistakes in the beginning. But after the rain, even though I lost the first set I tried to be more aggressive and I started to play better."

"Sometimes when you see your opponent get injured you have to be a lot more focused so you don't drop your level," said Dokic. "You can't think that she will not play well. She went for some risky shots early in the rally, so I had to be ready for that. But I think I served really well in the third set."

Dokic added: "I already had a good tournament this year in Paris, I beat Top 20 and Top 25 player there. I had tough draws in Dubai and Doha and again here, so this is a big win for me.

"I'm still not as consistent as I want to be - there are still some weeks where I don't play up to my high standard. But this year I'm playing WTA events every week and it's making a difference. Thank God, no injuries... my body is great and hopefully it will stay that way."

"I love the sport and I respect the fact that people came to watch, so I don't like to retire," said Schiavone of her decision to see the match through. "Maybe sometimes I shouldn't think like this, because I think it made it worse. But for sure the fans helped me to keep going. They appreciate the way that I play, and I want to come back and do better. Tonight Jelena fought and she deserved it."


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pennetta and Peer winners in Dubai 2011

Pennetta and Peer winners in Dubai 2011

Flavia Pennetta defeated Jelena Dokic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

The Italian was able to get juts 43 percent of her first serves but still dominated the encounter.

Pennetta took advantage of a string of unforced errors and 11 double faults from Dokic.

“She can play good tennis but she made a lot of mistakes,” Pennetta said. “It’s not easy to play the first match in a tournament. And it was really windy outside. The weather, it’s really strange here.”

Shahar Peer beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 6-1 to also advance to the second round.

Peer started the match in great form by going up 3-0. When it looked like she had all under control, Martinez Sanchez got back into the match, she broke Peer and tie it at 4.

Peer went up 5-4 and broke Sanchez to take the set. The Spaniard couldn’t keep up in the second set.

Peer said she felt very comfortable in Dubai where she lost to Venus Williams last year and was seeded ninth this year.

“Obviously, I played good last year. When you go back to a tournament that you played good, you want to repeat that,” Peer said.


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Pennetta and Peer winners in Dubai 2011

Pennetta and Peer winners in Dubai 2011

Flavia Pennetta defeated Jelena Dokic 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

The Italian was able to get juts 43 percent of her first serves but still dominated the encounter.

Pennetta took advantage of a string of unforced errors and 11 double faults from Dokic.

“She can play good tennis but she made a lot of mistakes,” Pennetta said. “It’s not easy to play the first match in a tournament. And it was really windy outside. The weather, it’s really strange here.”

Shahar Peer beat Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-4, 6-1 to also advance to the second round.

Peer started the match in great form by going up 3-0. When it looked like she had all under control, Martinez Sanchez got back into the match, she broke Peer and tie it at 4.

Peer went up 5-4 and broke Sanchez to take the set. The Spaniard couldn’t keep up in the second set.

Peer said she felt very comfortable in Dubai where she lost to Venus Williams last year and was seeded ninth this year.

“Obviously, I played good last year. When you go back to a tournament that you played good, you want to repeat that,” Peer said.


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Clijsters vs Dokic in Paris Quarterfinals

Clijsters vs Dokic in Paris Quarterfinals

Jelena Dokic upset Nadia Petrova 6-4, 7-6 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Kim Clijsters at the Open Gaz de France.

In the opening set, Petrova saved three break points early on and in the 10th game she saved one set point before sailing a forehand long.

The second set was very close but Dokic sealed the win in the tiebreaker.

Clijsters leads the series 6-3, but Dokic won their last match in 2003.

"Nadia and I know each other very well. We played doubles as juniors," Dokic said. "It was great to follow up on my win against Safarova. Two good wins in a main draw is great.

"I'm playing well, moving well and serving well, and I'm mentally strong. At the moment I think I can stay with these girls. I did a lot of hard work at the end of last year. I'm looking to play a lot of tournaments and have a good year."

“It’s the toughest match you can play, it’s a great test,” Dokic said. “I think she really is the number one player in the world. She’s won (the) U.S. Open and Australian Open, a Masters as well. I’m really looking forward to the match, as I have nothing to lose.

“I think we play a little bit similar, we play pretty aggressive.”


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Clijsters vs Dokic in Paris Quarterfinals

Clijsters vs Dokic in Paris Quarterfinals

Jelena Dokic upset Nadia Petrova 6-4, 7-6 to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Kim Clijsters at the Open Gaz de France.

In the opening set, Petrova saved three break points early on and in the 10th game she saved one set point before sailing a forehand long.

The second set was very close but Dokic sealed the win in the tiebreaker.

Clijsters leads the series 6-3, but Dokic won their last match in 2003.

"Nadia and I know each other very well. We played doubles as juniors," Dokic said. "It was great to follow up on my win against Safarova. Two good wins in a main draw is great.

"I'm playing well, moving well and serving well, and I'm mentally strong. At the moment I think I can stay with these girls. I did a lot of hard work at the end of last year. I'm looking to play a lot of tournaments and have a good year."

“It’s the toughest match you can play, it’s a great test,” Dokic said. “I think she really is the number one player in the world. She’s won (the) U.S. Open and Australian Open, a Masters as well. I’m really looking forward to the match, as I have nothing to lose.

“I think we play a little bit similar, we play pretty aggressive.”


Source AP/WTA

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dokic Stunned Safarova in Paris

Dokic Stunned Safarova in Paris

Jelena Dokic upset Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Paris as she renewed her bid to break back into the top 30 this year.

During the encounter, Dokic was broken twice and fired down 11 aces to advanced to the second round.

The former world number 4, had to make through qualifying to reach the main draw.

Dokic is currently ranked No. 120 in the world but said she is confident of climbing to the top 30 given as she has few points to defend until July.

''I feel good about the year. I think I'm not in bad shape physically or mentally or with my tennis at all. Just certain things need work,'' Jelena commented.

"I had nothing to lose. I just kept fighting and kept my level high from the second set," Dokic said. "I got a little tired in the third but was pleased how I responded physically, as she is a very fit player. I also played a left-hander in my last qualifying match so I was used to this. We don't play lefties regularly."

"I think playing three matches in qualies helped today. I was already feeling the ball well, but I have played a lot fewer matches than these girls in the past two years," Dokic continued. "I still have things I'd like to work on though."


Source WTA

Dokic Stunned Safarova in Paris

Dokic Stunned Safarova in Paris

Jelena Dokic upset Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Paris as she renewed her bid to break back into the top 30 this year.

During the encounter, Dokic was broken twice and fired down 11 aces to advanced to the second round.

The former world number 4, had to make through qualifying to reach the main draw.

Dokic is currently ranked No. 120 in the world but said she is confident of climbing to the top 30 given as she has few points to defend until July.

''I feel good about the year. I think I'm not in bad shape physically or mentally or with my tennis at all. Just certain things need work,'' Jelena commented.

"I had nothing to lose. I just kept fighting and kept my level high from the second set," Dokic said. "I got a little tired in the third but was pleased how I responded physically, as she is a very fit player. I also played a left-hander in my last qualifying match so I was used to this. We don't play lefties regularly."

"I think playing three matches in qualies helped today. I was already feeling the ball well, but I have played a lot fewer matches than these girls in the past two years," Dokic continued. "I still have things I'd like to work on though."


Source WTA