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Jelena Dokic

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Jelena Dokić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Докић) (born 12 April 1983) is a female professional tennis player who has played for both Australia and Serbia and Montenegro (FR Yugoslavia prior to February 2003), and currently plays for Australia. Her career-high ranking is No. 4 (on August 19, 2002), but by the end of 2005 had slipped to 349th place in the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings. As of May 28, 2007, Dokić is 650th in the WTA rankings.

Jelena was born to a Serbian family in the Croatian town of Osijek (then in Yugoslavia) as an eldest child of Damir and Ljiljana Dokić. She has a younger brother, Savo. At the start of the war in Croatia in June 1991, her family moved away to Sombor, Serbia, 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 number 1 in in the International Tennis Federation junior singles world ranking and number 7 in doubles.

In 2000, her success at Wimbledon continued. She reached the semi-finals, before losing to Lindsay Davenport 6-4 6-2. At the 2000 Summer Olympics, she lost to Monica Seles in the bronze medal match 6-1 6-4. She finished the year at No. 26.

From the 2001 Australian Open, she began playing for Yugoslavia. Her father, Damir, claimed irregularities in the draw, after her first-round loss to Lindsay Davenport and her father's ban from the tennis 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, together with Conchita Martinez, she reached the finals of the French Open, but was defeated by Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez in straights sets.

At the 2002 French Open, she was defeated by No. 1 seed Jennifer Capriati in the quarter-finals, 6-4 4-6 6-1. After Wimbledon, she reached two finals, in Birmingham and San Diego (d. by Myskina and V. Williams). Later that summer, she reached her career high ranking in singles, No. 4.

In Los Angeles, she teamed-up with her junior doubles partner, Kim Clijsters to win her third doubles title. In October, she defended her title in Linz, with Nadia Petrova.

Under the guidance of new coach Nikola Pilić, after over 3 months away from the tour due to injury, Dokić qualified for a $10K tournament defeating Mika Urbancic and Lynn Blau. In the main draw, she advanced to the semifinals, losing to Astrid Besser of Italy 3-6 6-3 7-6(5), who went on to win the final.

Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-8 (quarter finals up to finalist).
- 1 The San Diego tournament achieved Tier I status from 2004.
- ² If qualifications, ITF women's circuit (Hardcourt: 9-4; Clay: 13-8; Grass: 7-1) and Fed Cup (4-1) participations are included, overall win-loss record stands at 236-156.



 


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