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Jelena Dokic (Serbian: Jelena Dokić, Јелена Докић, born 12 April 1983) is an Australian professional tennis player.
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Jelena Dokic (born 12 April 1983) is an Australian professional tennis player.
During the height of her career, she played for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 4 on 19 August 2002. After several family-related difficulties (mostly involving her father, Damir), 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 declined in 2010. After a short resurgence in 2011, she has struggled with her form and injuries.
Highlights of Dokic'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, Venus Williams at the 2000 Italian Open, Amélie Mauresmo in the finals of the same tournament the following year, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario in Tokyo 2001, Monica Seles in Paris 2002 at Open Gaz de France, Justine Henin in Hamburg 2002 at Betty Barclay Cup, Jennifer Capriati at the 2002 Acura Classic in San Diego, Jelena Janković in Shanghai 2003, Kim Clijsters at the 2003 Zürich Open and Caroline Wozniacki at the 2009 Australian Open. Other high-calibre players whom Dokic has defeated include Mary Pierce, Elena Dementieva, Francesca Schiavone and Anna Chakvetadze. Dokic is one of the few women on the WTA tour who have won tournaments on all surfaces: hard, clay, grass and carpet.
Jelena Dokić was born in Osijek, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia to a Serbian father Damir Dokić and a Croatian mother, Ljiljana (née Podnar). She has a younger brother, Savo, eight years her junior. Her family lived in Osijek until June 1991, when they decided to leave due to the political instability and wars. 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 Dokić (later Dokic) attended Fairfield High School.
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