trophy watch: never been kissed



OK. Not never. But almost never. Jelena Dokic kissed a WTA trophy for the first time in nine years (Sarasota, 2002). Dokic shot up 30 spots from no. 91 in the world to no. 61. In Kuala Lumpur, she took out top seed Francesca Schiavone in the first round before rolling into the final. It was there that she beat B-Lister Lucie Safarova, 2-6, 7-6(9), 6-4, saving two championship points en route. Tough day for the Safarova-Berydch family.

Pablo Cuevas gets a little hoist from his teammates following his tie-clinching win in Montevideo. None of those gents on the sidelines seem to care much for the celebration. Uruguay beat Colombia 4-1 in a Group I Americas clash. Davis Cup: All results

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quietly, dokic does the dirty work



Jelena Dokic has put together an impressive run in the minor leagues, winning three straight ITF circuit titles in the summer swing. Call it the I’m-Gunna-Make-This-Comeback-Work Series. And Jelena is the leader.

After losing in the second round at the Wimbledon Qualies, Dokic has won 15 straight matches in three different countries: France, Romania and Canada. Among those players, six were ranked in the top 200, including former top 20 player Virginie Razzano, whom Dokic beat in straight sets Sunday to win the tournament at Vancouver.

Dokic started the year at number 57 in the world, but slipped to as low as number 136 with a 7-10. With the 15 wins, she’s now at 22-10, and has reached number 82 in the world. She will still have to qualify for the main draw of the US Open in a couple of weeks, as her ranking was outside the top 100 when the entry list was made.

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aussie glimpses



Play is already underway in Melbourne, but check out these scenes from the last couple of days prior to the tournament’s start.

22nd seed Lleyton Hewitt on court with son, Cruz.

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a quiet tank crushes the draw



This mellow racerback dress from Lacoste‘s spring line has gotten a lion’s share of airtime in the ten days of French Open play thus far. Jelena Dokic wore it as she fell apart with a back injury in her second round match while ahead against Elena Dementieva. “Obviously it’s not my time at the grand slams,” said Dokic, who suffered a similar fate with an injured ankle in the fourth round of the 2009 Australian. “I’m not 15 anymore, so it’s time probably to take more care now and I just really, really hope it’s nothing serious.”

The dress, with its contrasting white tank and blue skirt, took matters into its own hands with the fourth-seeded Dementieva, using Sam Stosur as the vehicle to avenge Dokic’s defeat. Stosur is still in the draw, defeating Virginie Razzano in the quarters and will face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semis.

BTW, Kuznetsova won the big-babe battle between her and Serena Williams that took three sets: 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-5. The American, as expected, gave no credit to her opponent. “I pretty much gave it to her. It was like, Here, do you want to go to the semis? Because I don’t. She was like, Okay.” Hey — I guess that’s what you can do when you’re BBM buddies, right?

Meanwhile, Dominika Cibulkova‘s been swatting down her fellow blondes all week, eager to be the prettiest one hosting the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen by fortnight’s end. She fended off unseeded Argentine Gisela Dulko in the third, Agi Szavay (bye!) in the fourth, and upset couture queen Maria Sharapova in the quarters. Sharapova almost notched a double bagel loss if not for Cibulkova’s nerves; the Russian managed to win two games down 0-5 in the second set. Sadly, we’re unsure of how Dominika will hold up against her semifinal date with Dinara Safina. (At the very least, she can comfort herself knowing that Safina needed to go the distance to defeat Victoria Azarenka.)

Buy: Lacoste Sleeveless Racerback Dress; white/eclipse blue; orig. $145 now, $99.

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fashion focus: fila’s last stand



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Stopping on a quarter: The dream run of Jelena Dokic at the 2009 Australian Open ended in the quarterfinals at the hands of No. 3 Dinara Safina. (By the way, TSF is picking Marat‘s younger sister to face Serena Williams in Saturday’s final.)

With Dokic’s amazing performance came a chance for Fila to showcase their spring women’s collection. We’re not going to lie — it’s taking us some time to warm up to it. The season’s loud print worked best as trim and accents on solid-colored pieces — this is no Cavalli runway show, after all — worn by Dokic and Anna Chakvetadze in their second-round match. Dokic won 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Up close: See pics of Fila girls Anna, Jelena, and Svetlana Kuznetsova after the cut…