Thursday, July 15, 2004

The (Long-Awaited) Jelena Dokic Quiz


1.Jelena played in a handful of challenger events in Australia before officially turning pro after winning the US Open junior girls title in September 1998. In October 1998, she made her professional debut in an ITF event in Japan. What was her result?
a.she lost in qualifying
b.she lost in the 1st Round
c.she lost in the Final
d.she won the title
2."She (Jelena) was in 'semi-tank mode.'" Who said it?
3.Jelena has claimed five WTA singles titles in her career, but how many ITF singles titles has she won?
4.What's the highest singles ranking that Jelena has held in her career?
5.Jelena held that high ranking for five weeks that covered two different months. Can you guess the months/year?
6.True/False. From the list of players below, determine whether it's true or false that Jelena defeated the player in a WTA singles final in her career.

Silvia Farina Elia
Anna Kournikova
Amelie Mauresmo
Tatiana Panova
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Monica Seles
7.Name the Aussie male that Jelena teamed with to win the 1999 Hopman Cup title in Perth.
a.Patrick Rafter
b.Mark Philippoussis
c.Lleyton Hewitt
d.Todd Woodbridge
8.How many victories over world #1's has Jelena pulled off in her career?
9.Name the then-#1 ranked players that Jelena defeated, the years in which the victories occurred, and where.
10."When I defeated Jelena in the 1st Round of the 2000 Australian Open, she didn't handle the loss very well. I wasn't very highly-ranked at the time -- #92 -- and Jelena was expected to win easily. I guess she was just a frustrated teenager when she spouted off in her post-match press conference that she'd lost to someone who'd 'never been a (good) player, and never will be.' Who am I?"
BONUS: Jelena won't be representing Serbia & Montenegro in the Athens Olympics in a few weeks, so she won't be able to improve on her result from Sydney. What was Jelena's Olympic finish in 2000?

**THE ANSWERS (2 pts unless noted)**

1.C...Jelena won three matches in qualifying, then won four more to advance to the final of the $25k challenger in Saga, Japan. There, she lost to her then-fellow Australian countrywoman Alicia Molik.
2.Chanda Rubin, after easily defeating a distracted Jelena in the SF of Los Angeles in 2002.
3.A...Jelena has never won an ITF singles title, and has only played in a handful of ITF events during her career as she's generally focused on WTA tour events. As noted in Question #1, though, she was RU in Saga in October 1998.
4.B...Jelena's career high in singles is #4.
5.(3 points) She held the #4 ranking for five weeks in 2002, from August 19 until September 22.
6.(2 points for each of the six correct answers) Farina Elia/False (Strasbourg 2002), Mauresmo/True (Rome 2001), Panova/True (Sarasota 2002), Sanchez Vicario/True (Tokyo Princess Cup 2001), Seles/False (Bahia 2001). As for Kournikova, Jelena did defeat her in a singles final in Hong Kong in 2001, but it was an exhibition event, so the answer for her is False. But since it was a trick question, give yourself 1 point if you said True.
7.B...the Australian team of Jelena and Mark Philippoussis defeated Sweden (Asa Carlsson & Jonas Bjorkman) 2-1 in the Hopman final.
8.A...Jelena has twice defeated world #1's.
9.(2 points for each of the six correct answers) The wins were over Martina Hingis at Wimbledon in 1999, and Kim Clijsters in 2003 at Zurich. Jelena's other matches against world #1's included two more with Hingis (0-2), two versus Serena Williams (0-2) and one against Jennifer Capriati (0-1).
10.She's Rita Kuti Kis.
BONUS (3 points): Jelena finished in 4th place in Sydney. She lost a tight three-setter to eventual Silver Medalist Elena Dementieva in the SF, then lost the Bronze Medal Match to Monica Seles.

44-31...Jelena in 2001
30-22...Jelena in 2002
21-11...Jelena in 2003
10-1....Jelena in 2004

All for now.