Brisbane, Jan 5 : Ana Ivanovic won her first match since mid-August as the Serb defeated Australian Jelena Dokic 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 Monday to start with a welcome victory at the Brisbane International.
Ivanovic, a former French Open champion who briefly stood number one in the world after that 2008 triumph on clay, thwarted the hopes of the host nation and 2009 Australian Open quarter-finalist Dokic.
Like Ivanovic, the Serb-born Dokic had suffered through a poor 2009, fighting off injury and illness for much of the year.
London, Oct. 9 : Tennis player Jelena Dokic''s father has launched a hunger strike to protest against his 15-month jail sentence for threatening Australia''s ambassador to Serbia.
Damir Dokic''s lawyer Bosiljka Djukic said she had been informed that her client was no longer taking any food, water or medicines in prison.
Dokic, 50, is serving his sentence in the northern Serbia town of Sremska Mitrovica.
He was arrested in May after reportedly saying he would blow up Australian ambassador Claire Birgin''s car.
Belgrade (Serbia), Sep 25 : A Serbian court has upheld a ruling that sentenced Damir Dokic, father of Serbian-Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic, to 15 months in jail over threats to Australia''s ambassador to Serbia and possession of illegal weapons.
He had earlier appealed against his conviction and sentence that was given by the same court in June, where he argued that he had not been given a fair trial in the court.
Melbourne - Jelena Dokic has been ordered to rest for another fortnight after doctors diagnosed the Australian as suffering with glandular fever over the past several months.
Tennis Australia revealed the surprise development Friday after the Australian Open quarter-finalist left the court with back pain in the second round of the French Open and lost her opening match at Wimbledon while complaining of feeling ill.
The Australian had blood tests after her Wimbledon loss and the results came back earlier this week. Doctors have told her to do nothing but rest for at least a fortnight.
London - Jelena Dokic could be a doubtful participant at next week's Eastbourne grass-court event if she rushes to Serbia to reconcile with her jailed father Damir.
The senior Dokic was sentenced to 15 months in prison after threatening to kill the Australian ambassador to Belgrade.
That came in the wake of an interview his 75th-ranked daughter gave last month to an Australian women's magazine hinting that her father was violent to her during the early stages of her career.
Belgrade - A Serbian court on Thursday sentenced the father of Serbian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic to 15 months in prison for threats against the Australian ambassador and illegal possession of weapons, local media reported.
Dokic's father, Damir, a former boxer and truck and taxi driver, was arrested last month when police, reacting to his threats, searched his vineyard ranch 80 kilometres west of Belgrade and found illegal weapons and explosives.
Belgrade - Police have arrested the father of the Serbian-born tennis star Jelena Dokic after finding weapons in his home in a search ordered over his threats to the Australian ambassador, Belgrade press said Thursday.
Jelena's father Damir, a former boxer, truck and taxi driver, was detained late Wednesday when police, reacting to his threats, searched his vineyard ranch 80 kilometres west of Belgrade and found illegal weapons and explosives.
Sydney - Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic said Monday she left home nine years ago to escape the physical abuse meted out by her father, Damir.
The 26-year-old told the Sydney Morning Herald she was "pretty lucky to be here" after a tumultuous family life that saw her abandon Australia and then return after splitting with her father, a former boxer and Belgrade taxi driver.
"I've been through a lot worse than anyone on the tour," Dokic said. "When you go through stuff like that, playing a tennis match is a pretty easy thing to do."
Indian Wells, California - Jelena Dokic stumbled to another disheartening defeat six weeks after her surprise Australian Open quarter-final, crashing out in a haze in the first round of the Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday.
The Australian, whose comeback story from a career gone wrong thrilled a nation in Melbourne, was humbled by veteran American Jill Craybas 6-4, 6-2.
Dokic, ranked 80th, was playing only her second WTA match since the Open and admitted she may have gotten her scheduling badly wrong.
Perth, Australia - With Jelena Dokic finally putting her life back together both on and off the court, the surprise Australian Open quarter-finalist may soon be back in contact with her younger brother.
The estranged Dokic family is now spread around the globe, with former tennis bad dad Damir involved in a Serbian vineyard near Belgrade and his Croatian ex-wife Ljiljana now based in Sydney.
Melbourne, Jan. 30 : Jelena Dokic has capped a spectacular comeback in women''s tennis with a whopping million-dollar sponsorship deal, besides her prize money.
Dokic, 25 has signed a three-year-contract - her first in seven years - to become the new face of budget airline Jetstar, The Herald Sun reports.
As part of the deal she will receive free flights to all venues in Australasia.
Details of the contract are being negotiated, but Dokic is not expected to appear in television ads.
Melbourne - Jelena Dokic made more than a run to glory with her surprise Australian Open quarter-final. The comeback player also headed straight for the bank - the result of a new 680,000-dollar sponsor contract.
The 25-year-old, who nearly quit the game two years ago due to depression after a flame-out as a teenaged star and a split with her dominating father, has signed a deal with Australia's Jetstar airlines.
Melbourne - Jelena Dokic and Roger Federer provided a power punch for Australian Open ratings this week, with those contests watched by only a slightly smaller number of viewers than the 2008 men's final.
The Seven network scored a hit with the programming one-two, which attracted 2.31 million viewers across the five major metropolitan markets
When Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's final a year ago, the audience was a slightly higher 2.34 million.
Melbourne, Jan. 28: Jelena Dokic has revealed she briefly retired from tennis in mid-2007, before being drawn back to the game for what she vowed would be one last attempt to resurrect her fallen career.
"I actually made the decision," she told a small group of journalists today upon returning to Melbourne Park after Tuesday night''s 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 loss to third seed Dinara Safina in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
"And about four days later, I changed my mind," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted her, as saying.
Melbourne, Jan. 27 : Jelena Dokic''s fairytale Australian Open campaign could still be derailed should her tyrant father Damir choose to land up.
As she prepares for her quarter-final against world No. 3 Dinara Safina tonight, there are fears Dokic''s estranged father Damir - and his sniping from 15,000 km away in Serbia - could affect her renowned mental strength ahead of a match that will stop the nation.
The 25-year-old has made it clear she wants nothing to do with the man who forced her to leave Australia in 2001.
Melbourne, Jan. 26 : Australian Open officials have said that they will prevent tennis player Jelena Dokic''s estranged father Damir from meeting his daughter should he attempt to gatecrash her Australian Open party.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted tournament officials as saying on Monday that he is free to purchase tickets to Melbourne Park, but he would not be allowed to make contact with Australia''s comeback queen - unless given permission to do so by Dokic.
Melbourne, Jan 24 : Jelena Dokic thanked the Australian public for their support, and admitted that she was still haunted by the events of seven years ago when she walked out on her adopted country, at the behest of her father Damir Dokic, while at the height of her powers and ranked No. 4 in the world.
Dokic prepares to climb another step from oblivion to the top of her sport; she could be confronted by her worst nightmare - her father Damir, The Courier Mail reported.
Melbourne - Jelena Dokic is using the appearance at only her second Australian Open in the past seven years as emotional body armour against a personal life which at one time was off the rails.
The 25-year-old Belgrade-born Australian who has brought her ranking back to 187, won a match at the venue for the first time since 1999.
But in a tear-stained interview, she revealed that the estrangement from her family has taken a huge emotional toll.
Melbourne - Former world number four Jelena Dokic achieved the first step of a tennis comeback dream on Sunday, defeating teenaged Monika Wejnert 6-7 (3-7),
7-5, 6-3 to claim an Australian Open wild card spot.
The week-long effort from Dokic ended with a fighting victory, where she lost the opening set in a tiebreaker, and recovered from a break down in the second and finally clinched victory over her Queensland opponent.
"I don't have to worry about the Australian Open now," said Dokic, who will be making her third main draw showing at the major after playing in 2001 and 2006.
Melbourne, - Former world number four Jelena Dokic on Wednesday kept her dream of an Australian Open wild card place alive, reaching the quarter-finals with a straight-set victory,
Dokic, 25, and fighting through a comeback in the sport, beat Victorian teenager Marijia Mirkovic 6-4, 6-2, riding a 4-0 lead in the second set to the win.
"I was happier with my match today, I played a bad match yesterday," said Dokic, who lost on Tuesday but stayed alive thanks to the round-robin format of the competition.