Jelena Dokic entered as a wildcard at Brisbane International

Brisbane International annouced today that Jelena Dokic enter as the first woman wildcard to join the line-up.

Dokic will join world No.5, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azareka, Marion Bartoli, Daniela Hantuchova and former Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo in the women’s draw.

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Ana at Zira Center for 2009 Verano calendar

See Ana’s recent press conference at the Zira Center in Belgrade, during which she unveiled her 2009 Verano calendar.

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Jelena Dokic wins wildcard into Australian Open

Australia’s former world No.4 Jelena Dokic won a wildcard into the main draw of next month’s Australian Open.

Dokic outlasted Monika Wejnert, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5, 6-3 in just over two hours in the final of a playoff tournament for wildcard entry into the year’s first grand slam.

Rafael Nadal and Jelena Jankovic earns ITF honor

“Rafael Nadal and Jelena Jankovic both enjoyed breakthrough years in 2008,” ITF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said. “Both players are excellent ambassadors for their countries, for whom they have achieved considerable success both as individuals and in the ITF team competitions.”

“It has been an incredible year for me and I will never forget all that’s happened,” Nadal said. “To finish the year ranked No. 1 was really special. At the same time I was proud to win the Olympic gold medal, and help Spain regain the Davis Cup. It has been a wonderful year for Spanish sport, and I am happy to have been part of it.”

“I am very proud of myself for all I have accomplished in 2008 and am delighted to be named ITF World Champion,” Jankovic said. “I worked really hard this year and to finish No.1 is where I want to be and where I want to stay. It was also an honour to represent Serbia in the Beijing Olympics and I hope I can achieve further success for my country in Fed Cup.”

For complete article see TennisWeek

Lindsay Davenport Pregnant putting tennis on hold for the foreseeable future

Lindsay Davenport Pregnant with Second Baby and is pulling out of the Australian Open

“Of course this unexpected but exciting surprise now means I will be putting tennis on hold for the foreseeable future,” Davenport said in a statement issued Wednesday by her agent.

Jelena Jankovic at Nick Bollettieri’s academy to train

Jelena Jankovic is back in Florida and she went to Nick Bollettieri’s academy to train together with her coach and Pat Etcheberry.

“Jankovic looked to be in great shape physically and was really striking the ball well.   She looks determined to make 2009 her best year ever.”  According to Nick

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Lindsay Davenport intend to play on Australian Open

ld-ao2003Lindsay Davenport has indicated she intends continuing playing on the WTA Tour by officially entering next month’s Australian Open, organisers said Thursday.

The former world number one and 2000 Australian Open champion has not played since the US Open last August and there was speculation that she may retire from competitive tennis.

But Australian Open officials said the 32-year-old American mum intends to return to Melbourne Park to play in the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament from January 19 to February 1.

“We are really excited that she has entered,” tournament director Craig Tiley said. “She is a world class player and a great ambassador for our sport.”

Tiley said entries for the 2009 Australian Open had closed and the top 100 men’s and women’s players were all on the list for the main draw.