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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Williams' Undercard Contains Intriguing Matchup




WIMBLEDON, England -- This is how concerned defending Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport is about her semifinal match with Jelena Dokic.


"I can't believe I've not seen one point of her play this whole time," Davenport said Tuesday after beating fellow American Monica Seles in three sets.


"I watched her play here last year. I know my coach went out to watch today in anticipation that she might get through and I might [play her]. I haven't exactly seen her hit a ball yet."


With all eyes on Thursday's historic semifinal between sisters Serena and Venus Williams, the Davenport vs. Dokic match may slip by almost unnoticed, which would probably suit the low-key Californian's style.


In the 17-year-old Australian making her first Grand Slam semifinal appearance, Davenport will face a baseline player who keeps the ball low and hits hard f but nothing like the Williams sisters or Davenport.


"She has a good serve," said Davenport, who has won three Grand Slams f this year's Australian Open, last year's Wimbledon and the 1998 U.S. Open. "I'll be happy to play a right-hander again. I was having some trouble with the lefty [Seles'] serve today."


Davenport may be confident, but Dokic is undaunted.


Last year as a 16-year-old, Dokic arrived at Wimbledon and upset defending champion Martina Hingis in the first round 6-2, 6-0, the third time in the Open Era that the women's top seed in a Grand Slam has been beaten in the first round.


Dokic got to the quarterfinals before losing to American Alexandra Stevenson.


This year she's gone a step further, beating Spain's Magui Serna 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals.


"I'll just go out there and do my best f I've got nothing to lose," Dokic said. "They [opponents] are the ones who should be worried, and they're the ones who should think about what they're going to do."


The Australian has attracted as many headlines about her own bizarre behavior and that of her father, Damir, as she has about her on-court triumphs.


Dokic announced earlier in the week she had fired Tony Roche as her coach with her dad taking the job. Damir Dokic was detained by police this week at Wimbledon after he smashed a reporter's mobile phone to the ground in an argument.


It's not his first run-in at a tennis tournament. A year ago he was ejected from a tournament in Birmingham, England, for calling officials "Nazis" and being drunk. Outside the grounds, he sat down in the street and blocked traffic.


Although struggling to find consistency, the Australian teenager has put together impressive victories this year. She beat Anna Kournikova and Testud again in the Fed Cup, and Venus Williams at the Italian Open.


"It's indescribable to do it two years in a row, the tournament I love so much," said Dokic. "It's just got something to it. I really like this place."