Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jelena Dokic

Jelena Dokić (born 12 April 1983) is an Australian female professional tennis player. During the height of her career, she played for Serbia and Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia prior to February 2003) and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 on 19 August 2002. After several family-related difficulties (mostly involving her father), she slowly slipped down the rankings in 2006. She made a serious return to tennis in 2008, and after winning three ITF tournaments that year, rose to World No. 187 going into the 2009 Australian Open. She finished 2009 in the top 100, but fell back down again in 2010. The highlights of Dokić's career include reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon and the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and reaching the quarterfinals at the French Open in 2002 and the Australian Open in 2009. Other highlights include beating several former World No. 1 players: Martina Hingis in the first round of Wimbledon in 1999, Kim Clijsters at the 2003 Zürich Open, and Venus Williams at the 2000 Italian Open. Other high-calibre players whom Dokić has defeated include Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Janković, Monica Seles, Justine Henin, Amélie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Francesca Schiavone and Jennifer Capriati. Jelena was born in Osijek, Croatia, Yugoslavia to a Serbian father Damir Dokić and a Croatian mother Ljiljana. She has a younger brother, Savo, who is eight years her junior. Her family lived in Osijek till June 1991, when they decided to leave due to the civil war. They settled in Sombor, Serbia, for a short time and later, in 1994, emigrated to Australia. From 1994, they lived in Fairfield, a suburb of Sydney, where she attended Fairfield High School.Dokić was an accomplished junior player. In 1998, she won the US Open girls singles title and the French Open doubles with Kim Clijsters, ending the season ranked World No. 1 in the International Tennis Federation junior singles rankings and World No. 7 in doubles.Dokić started the year by teaming up with Mark Philippoussis to win the Hopman Cup title. To date, it is Australia's lone victory at the event. She then received a wildcard into the Australian Open, winning two rounds before losing 6–1, 6–2 to world No. 1 Martina Hingis. At Wimbledon, Dokić made her professional breakthrough. As a qualifier, she caused one of the biggest upsets in tennis history, defeating World No. 1 Hingis 6–2, 6–0, in the first round. Ranked World No. 129 at the time, she was the lowest-ranked player to have defeated the top seed in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era. She also defeated ninth-seeded Mary Pierce in straight sets before losing 6–3, 1–6, 6–3 to Alexandra Stevenson in the quarterfinals. Dokić also reached her first WTA doubles final with Amanda Coetzer in Tokyo. During 1999, Dokić jumped 298 spots, finishing the year at World No. 43.

Dokić was defeated in the first round of the Australian Open by Rita Kuti-Kis of Hungary, 6–1, 2–6, 6–3. After the match, Dokić said, "I lost to a player who has never been a player and, I guess, probably never will be." This assessment of her opponent resulted in many critical remarks about Dokić from the media and the tennis world. During the spring clay court season, Dokić reached the quarterfinals of the Tier I events in Hilton Head, South Carolina and Rome (upsetting Venus Williams en route), as well as earning Fed Cup victories over Kim Clijsters, Anna Kournikova, and Sandrine Testud respectively. However, Dokić lost in the second round at the French Open. Her successes at Wimbledon continued. She lost in the semifinals to Lindsay Davenport 6–4, 6–2. Jelena reached the fourth round of the US Open, where she lost to Serena Williams 7–6(7), 6–0 after holding two set points in the first set tiebreaker. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, representing Australia, she lost to Monica Seles in the bronze medal match 6–1, 6–4. In doubles, she teamed with Rennae Stubbs, but they lost in the second round. Dokić finished the year at World No. 26. Beginning with the Australian Open, she began playing for Yugoslavia. Her father, Damir, claimed irregularities in the draw after her first-round loss to Lindsay Davenport and he was banned from the tournament due to abusive behavior. Damir later said "I think the draw is fixed just for her" After the Australian Open, her family moved to the United States. In May, she won her first singles title in the Rome Masters, defeating Amélie Mauresmo in the final, 7–6(3), 6–1. Later that year in doubles, she teamed with Conchita Martínez to reach the final of the French Open, where they were defeated by Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suárez in straights sets. Later in the year, she reached five finals, winning two titles, in Tokyo (defeating former World No. 1 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario), and the Kremlin Cup (defeating Elena Dementieva). She also won her second title in doubles in Linz, with Nadia Petrova. She also qualified for the WTA Tour Championships in singles, reaching the quarterfinals. She finished the year at World No. 8. Yugoslav Olympic Committee has declared for the sportswoman of the year. Dokić reached the final of the Open Gaz de France, where she was forced to hand a walkover to Venus Williams, after her first victory over Monica Seles a day earlier, due to a right thigh strain suffered in her win. In April, she won her fourth singles title in Sarasota, Florida defeating Tatiana Panova 6–2, 6–2 in the final. At the Hamburg event, Dokić collected a 7–6(3), 7–6(3) win over Justine Henin, before having to retire in the semifinals. Dokić was unable to defend her Rome Masters title, losing to eleventh-seeded Anastasia Myskina in the third round. In Strasbourg, she reached her fifth final, losing to Silvia Farina Elia, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. At the French Open, she was defeated by top-seeded Jennifer Capriati in the quarterfinals, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1. Dokić then won her fifth career singles title in Birmingham, defeating Myskina in the final 6–2, 6–3. She then lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Daniela Hantuchová 6–4, 7–5. After Wimbledon, Dokić reached the final of the Acura Classic in San Diego, scoring her first win over Capriati in a three set match. In the final, however, she was defeated by Venus Williams 6–2, 6–2. She also reached the semifinals of Los Angeles, losing to Chanda Rubin, and Montreal, grasping a 6–4, 6–3 victory over Martina Hingis before retiring hurt against Capriati. Despite a 6–4, 6–2 loss to Elena Bovina in the second round of the US Open, Dokić reached her career-high singles ranking of World No. 4. Dokić then reached the semifinals in Bahia and Tokyo. Dokić again qualified for the WTA Tour Championships, losing in the quarterfinals to Serena Williams 7–6(1), 6–0. She finished the year ranked World No. 9 in singles. In doubles, Dokić won titles in Sarasota (with Elena Likhovtseva), Los Angeles (with Kim Clijsters), and Linz (with Nadia Petrova), as well as reaching the finals of Moscow and Zürich (both with Petrova). This success resulted in Jelena reaching her career high doubles ranking of World No. 10.

Representing Australia for the first time in 5 years, Dokić received a wild card into the ASB Classic in Auckland. However, she lost her first round match to Julia Schruff, 5–7, 7–6(3), 6–1, hitting 51 unforced errors and 28 double faults. Dokić then earned a wildcard berth at the Australian Open after winning the wildcard playoff. She held a match point on her opponent Virginie Razzano's serve and hit a forehand winner which did catcht the line, only to have the umpire overrule the ball out. She went on to lose the match, 3–6, 7–6(6), 6–1, hitting over 70 unforced errors. Later in the year, Dokić played in the qualifying tournament for Wimbledon, where she received a wildcard. However, she suffered a 4–6, 7–6(4), 6–2 loss to Alexandra Stevenson. Under the guidance of new coach Nikola Pilić, after over three months away from the tour due to injury, Dokić qualified for a $10,000 tournament and reached the semifinals of the main draw before losing to Astrid Besser 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(5). In late November 2006, Dokić denied reports from her father, Damir, that she had been kidnapped by her boyfriend, Tin Bikić. In her interview, she said she would not play in the 2007 Australian Open because she was not ready and her aim was to get back into the top 30. Shortly after, Dokić left the Nikola Pilić tennis academy. She was due to sign a contract to be in the academy for a year, but she instead returned to Borna Bikić, her coach. Dokić said she was not satisfied with the contract Pilić's Academy offered her.After withdrawing from several ITF events in the early months of 2007, Dokić lost in the early rounds of two $10,000 events in Rome. Dokić then continued to withdraw from events. Back in Australia on 17 October, Dokić released a statement through Tennis Australia saying that she would be using their facilities in an attempt to make a successful comeback. She said that she had not felt "within herself" to play during 2007 season but was now ready to put in the hard work necessary to get back to the top. She cited Mary Pierce, Jennifer Capriati, and Andre Agassi as inspirational figures for her to follow towards her goal of reaching the highest echelons of tennis once more. Dokić's long awaited return to tennis came during the Australian Open wildcard playoff, where she was hoping to earn a wildcard into the first Grand Slam tournament of 2008. Dokić emerged from the round robin stage with a 3–0 record before retiring in her quarterfinal match while trailing 6–3, 3–1 due to a thigh strain.

Dokić received a wildcard for the qualifications of the Moorilla Hobart International, where she won four matches to reach the second round of the main draw, where she retired in her match against Flavia Pennetta due to an ankle injury. Dokić received a qualifying wildcard into the Australian Open, where she lost in the second round. After a three month layoff, Dokić finally returned to action at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem tournament in Fes where she qualified but lost in the first round against Gréta Arn. She then entered the following week in a $25,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament in Florence, Italy, where she successfully qualified and proceeded to win the tournament, saving two match points against Mirjana Lučić in the quarterfinals and defeating seventh-seeded Lucie Hradecká in the final 6–1, 6–3. A week later, Dokić continued her winning streak by capturing the $25,000 ITF tournament in Caserta, Italy. She was then offered a wildcard to the Internationaux de Strasbourg, where she lost in the first round to Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. In July, she won her third $25,000 ITF in Darmstadt after winning the final 6–0, 6–0. After a period with less successful results, Dokić took a temporary break and withdrew from all ITF tournaments during September and early October. She returned mid-October after being awarded a wildcard for qualifying into the Tier II Generali Ladies Linz tournament. There, she won her first round match against Petra Martić before losing to World No. 63 Jill Craybas in the second round. In December, Dokic again played the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff event, where she emerged from the round-robin stage with a 2–1 record, subsequently winning through to the final playoff. In this playoff, Jelena played a tough match against Monika Wejnert, coming out a victor 6–7(3) 7–5 6–3 and earning a wildcard into the 2009 Australian Open. Dokic has stated that she sees 2009 as her last opportunity to make a comeback in professional tennis. "I don't think I'm running out of chances, I think if I do come back it will be this year, 2009. I don't think I'll push it any further than that if I don't … The time is not the problem, it's just the feeling whether I can do it, and it's a lot of hard work to put into it. Coming from zero, it's not easy to do." Dokic was knocked out of the Brisbane International by Amélie Mauresmo in straight sets in the first round. Dokic was up 5–3 in the first set before Mauresmo came back to win the tiebreak 11–9. In the second set, Dokic was down 3–5 but rallied to lead 6–5 before Mauresmo won the set in a tiebreak, 7–5. Dokic then received a qualification wildcard into the Moorilla Hobart International tournament but withdrew before her first match because of an Achilles tendon injury. Dokic won her first round match at the 2009 Australian Open against Tamira Paszek of Austria, 6–2, 3–6, 6–4. It was her first Grand Slam match win since 2003. She then defeated World No. 17 Anna Chakvetadze in the second round, 6–4, 6–7, 6–3 and 11th-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in the third round 3–6, 6–1, 6–2. This was the first time she had reached the fourth round of the Australian Open. Dokic then advanced to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2002 after defeating 29th-seeded Alisa Kleybanova 7–5, 5–7, 8–6. Dokic's run ended when she was defeated by Dinara Safina in the semi-finals 6–4, 4–6, 6–4. Because of this tournament, her ranking improved to World No. 91.

Prior to the first Grandslam Event, Dokić participated in two Australian Open warm-up tournaments. She opened the season at the 2010 Brisbane International, where she lost to former world no.1 Ana Ivanović by three sets, 5–7, 6–1, 3–6, in the first round. She then traveled to Hobart to play the Hobart International where she defeated Elena Baltacha 6–4, 6–2 in the first round but lost to second seed, Shahar Pe'er, in a disappointing second round match 2–6, 2–6 with Dokić making over 40 unforced errors. She was seen breaking down on court as well as crying after this match. As well as the singles, Dokić also participated in the doubles event at this tournament, trying to start a new combination with compatriot Alicia Molik. However, the pair lost in the first round to Chan Yung-Jan and Monica Niculescu by 6(4)-7, 7–6(5), [10–2]. She then traveled to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Open. Dokić was defeated in the first round of the 2010 Australian Open by 27th seed Alisa Kleybanova, 6–1, 7–5. The loss caused Dokić's rank to drop to world no. 96. She also played doubles, partnering with Petra Kvitová, but the pair lost in the first round. In a recent article, Dokić decided to withdraw from Australia Fed Cup after dealing with emotions on and off court; however in the aftermath she said, "I have had a lot to deal with in my career but I am not done yet" and "I will be back." Dokić withdrew from the 2010 PTT Pattaya Open in Thailand and 2010 Malaysian Open due to a mysterious illness.[citation needed] She lost in the qualifying rounds of 2010 Monterrey Open and the first round of 2010 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. She was then offered a WC into 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but declined it due to another injury. Jelena then continued to withdraw from WTA events in Marbella and Barcelona, Spain, and Fes, Morocco, still troubled by injuries. Her clay season started in May, where she played at an ITF 50,000 tournament at Prague where she was seeded third. She lost in the quarterfinals to Corinna Dentoni. Her next tournament was the French Open, but she lost in the first round to 24th seed Lucie Šafářová. She then traveled to Rome to participate at an ITF 50,000 tournament but lost to Anna Tatishvili in the first round. The following week, she participated at an ITF 100,000 tournament at Marseille, France. She reached the quarterfinals but lost to eventual champion Klára Zakopalová by 6–1, 7–6(6). She then played the qualification for Wimbledon but lost in the second round to Julie Ditty in three sets, after committing 24 double faults, including five in the fifth game of the final set. Dokić then withdrew from an ITF 100,000 tournament in Cuneo, Italy, with a wrist injury. The following week she withdrew from another one in Biarritz, France. She then competed at an ITF 50,000 tournament in Contrexéville, France winning the singles 4–6, 6–3, 6–1 over Olivia Sanchez, thus claiming her first title in 2010. Partnering with Sharon Fichman, she lost in the doubles finals. She then won her second straight title in Bucharest, Romania at an ITF 75,000 event defeating Zuzana Ondrášková 3–6, 6–1, 7–6(3) in the final. With this win, Dokić was back in the top 100, ranked 96. The next week, she participated at an ITF 75,000 tournament in Vancouver, where she won her third straight title after defeating Virginie Razzano 6–1, 6–4 in the final, capping a 15-match winning streak. Dokić has the most $50,000 or more ITF titles in the ITF Women's Circuit.

In December, Dokic participated in the Australian Open Wild Card playoff tournament. In her round robin, Dokic won all three of her matches and a spot in the semi final round where she defeated Alicia Molik. However, Dokic lost to Olivia Rogowska in the final 6–1 6–7(3) 3–6. Despite missing out on a wild card spot, the organisers awarded her a wild card for the Australian Open main draw. Dokic finished 2010 ranked World No.138. Dokic started her 2011 campaign by receiving three main draw wildcards during the Australian summer, in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. She comfortably won her first match in Brisbane 6–4, 6–3 against qualifier Anastasia Pivovarova but then lost to Andrea Petkovic 0–6, 1–6. After the match Dokic cited a stomach virus as the reason to the loss. In Sydney, she lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova by 2–6, 2–6 in the first round. In the Australian Open, Dokic easily dispatched Czech Zuzana Ondrášková 6–3, 6–2 in the first round, but fell to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová 6–7(3), 1–6 in the second round. She also received wildcard to participate in doubles, partnering with Sally Peers where they faced sixteenth seed, Timea Bacsinszky and Tathiana Garbin, in the first round. The pair lost 1–6, 4–6. At the 2011 Open GDF Suez in Paris, Dokic won all three qualifying matches for a spot in the main draw. Dokic then upset the 30th ranked Lucie Šafářová, a 2010 finalist, 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 for a spot in the second round. This victory was Dokic's first victory over a top 30 player since 2009 Australian Open. She backed up her strong performance by defeating fifth seed, and former doubles partner, Nadia Petrova in straight sets, 6–4, 7–6(4), in the second round to advance to her first WTA quarterfinals appearance since the 2009 Australian Open. However, her run ended after Kim Clijsters beat her 3–6, 0–6, despite leading 3-0 in the first set, in a victory that brought Clijsters back to world no.1, in the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, her strong performance in the Premier event brought Dokic back to the top 100, at no. 91, and a main draw wildcard of the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships. However, in the first round of Dubai she commited 41 unforced errors and 11 double faults to give victory to Flavia Pennetta losing 2–6, 2–6. Following the loss, Dokic traveled to Doha to participate at the qualifying draw of 2011 Qatar Ladies Open. She comfortably won her first match but lost in the second match to fellow Australian, Jarmila Groth. Dokic then traveled to Kuala Lumpur where she scored her biggest win of the year by upsetting World No. 5, 2010 French Open Champion, and top seed Francesca Schiavone 2–6, 7–6(1), 6–4 in the first round, despite serving 15 double faults. This is her first win against a top 5 player since 2003, where she defeated then world number one player Kim Clijsters in Zurich. She is now set to face Kurumi Nara in the second round.

Jelena Dokic expression when she got score

Jelena Dokic performance at field

Jelena Dokic with her sexy costume

Jelena Dokic smile to her fans

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